Derby Day lives to its billing

Paul Munyuki Sports Reporter
THE Derby Day lived up to its billing yesterday at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival, hosts Prince Edward beating Churchill 24-7 while St John’s College got the better of St George’s in the Battle of the Saints. Going into the break, St George’s were leading 10-0 but St John’s came from behind to snatch a 17-10 win, sending their fans into wild celebrations.

Playing their first competitive game at the festival against Churchill, the PE Tigers once again defeated Bulldogs, going into the break with a 17-0 lead, having scored three tries, one of them converted.

Tigers’ captain Kudakwashe Ndoro led from the front and was named man-of-the-match.

Russell Dinha was the first on the score sheet, coming through the right channel as the Tigers touched down to take a 5-0 lead six minutes into the game but Sinclair Savanhu’s boot wasn’t accurate from length.

A few moments later, the Tigers were on the Bulldogs’ back once again, this time Nigel Mpofu adding to extend their lead, once again Savanhu failed with his kicking.

Just before the break, Savanhu managed his first kick at goal following vice-captain Ernest Mudzengerere’s try that saw the Tigers go into the break with an upper hand.

The Tigers had pace, they had the forwards who did much of the job and they just had enough flair and fluent hands to maintain their pride among the top rugby playing schools in the country — this time in front of their home crowd.

Churchill’s lack of discipline, selfishness and poor handling skills weighed against them, and most of the time they were forced to defend.

Falcon College were on a rampage, in an earlier game, living up to their mascot title as the Mad Dogs following a 74-0 destruction of a hapless Watershed College.

By half-time the Mad Dogs were leading 38-0. Having beaten Churchill 21-7 on Tuesday, Brandon Dawson’s boys were in no mood for mercy, as they ran rampage.

Watershed were coming from an 18-8 win over Marlborough.

Allan Wilson registered a 24-7 win over Plumtree for their first win of the festival while Petra College maintained their winning run after a 12-6 win over Gateway.