By Lawrence Trusida
THE Zimbabwe Goshawks are hoping for a strong finish when they take on Valke in their final match of the Currie Cup first division at Wynberg High school in, Cape Town, South Africa this Saturday.
The Currie Cup is part of the Zimbabwe fifteens rugby team’s preparations for the World Cup Qualifiers set for France next month.
The Zimbabwe fifteens rugby team which has been participating in the Currie Cup under the Goshawks banner had mixed fortunes in the competition where they started slowly before picking up three consecutive wins and faltering at the end.
While the Goshawks’ position on the log table might be worrying as they are ninth with three victories from eight matches, a closer look shows that they are just separated by one victory against Boland in third place, who have won four matches.
The team’s last two matches ended in heavy defeat hence the Goshawks have missed out on bonus points but Head Coach, Brendan Dawson remains positive and is hoping for a better performance against Valke, who have also won three matches in the competition.
“Obviously, this hasn’t been about results, we wanted to have cohesion, patterns of play and good competition against quality opposition and I think we have managed that and the wins have been priceless they boosted the confidence and hopefully we can get one more as we depart,” said Goshwaks Coach, Brendan Dawson.
19-year-old Tavonga Ablant, who has had a dream year after being named man of the tournament at the Barthes U20 trophy in April, has excelled after being given a chance at senior level.
“It is been like a dream but I am hoping that we play better in the final match and take some confidence going to Europe,” he said.
The Goshawks will welcome back European based back-liners; Matthew McNab, Shingi Katsvere and Shayne Makombe, while Hong Kong based Nyasha Tarusenga takes his number eight Jersey.
Meanwhile, the Sables’ 31 man squad for the World Cup Qualifiers is set to be named this Friday evening.