Prince Edward School basked in glory as they took home the Zimbabwe Sevens International tournament schools category last week.
The Shaun De Souza-coached side sailed through the tournament unbeaten to face Eaglesvale in the finals. Having played Eaglesvale and posted a convincing win before, the Tigers, as Prince Edward is affectionately known, came into the game with complacency. They got a wakeup call when they found themselves seven points behind Eaglesvale. It was at this moment that the Tigers started to press forward but failed to find enough breakthroughs.
At halftime, Eaglesvale led 12-5. De Souza, who is a former Sables flier, re-ignited the fighting spirit in his boys over the break and they came through in the second half. This was despite more setbacks as Eaglesvale extended their lead to 24-5. Two quick successive tries by the Tigers turned around a game that had seemed almost impossible to win. This got the support bench chanting even louder, blasting out songs of encouragement.
A last minute try broke all Eaglesvale hearts, made up the deficit for Prince Edward and ultimately won them the schools cup. The final score was Prince Edward 29-24 Eaglesvale.
Soon after the game, the Tigers left for their South African pre-season tour, ahead of the schools 15s rugby league.
Caption: Eaglesvale forward passes through the Prince Edward defense in a try that sealed Eaglesvale’s first half win.
Credit: Farai Mudzingwa