Panthers take on Busters

THE Best of Bulawayo rugby tournament that features three southern region National Rugby League outfits Western Panthers, Old Miltonians (OMs), Busters and the Matabeleland Under-21 select side continues on Saturday at Hartfields Rugby grounds.


Western Panthers coach George Mukorerwa whose team locks horns with Busters in the main match of the day is confident of his charges although his squad has junior players.

“We are playing against a very strong side this week. They won against OMs which shows that they are a good side, but we will fight to the end.

“I have a lot of inexperienced players, most of them are just coming from school and they have not played such competitive games before, but I know they will be at their best as we are trying to build a team for the national league. We do not have a strong front row,” he said.

In another match of the day OMs will play against the Matabeleland Under-21 select.

Mukorera said the tournament will take a break next week to accommodate the Spar Summer Series rugby sevens that will see eight teams battling it out.

Busters, OMs, and Panthers will be joined by Gweru, Shabanie, National University of Science and Technology (Nust), Masvingo and Bulldogs in the sevens tournament.

“Next week we are taking a break because we are having Spar Summer Series rugby sevens. We are going to welcome teams like Shabanie, Masvingo, Gweru and Nust in this tournament where we are also going to select the players who will make it to the national competitions in Harare on March 14 and 15,” Mukorera said.

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