THE return of veteran Zivanai Dzinomurumbi in the Old Miltonians (OMs) coaching department has seen the side turn their season campaign around in the Lion Lager National Rugby League after a dismal start in their opening games.
REPORT BY VITALIS MOYO
The Bulawayo-based outfit sprung a surprise win in their weekend match against Old Georgians (OGs) who had gone for five matches without a loss, beating the Harare giants 24-21 in a thrilling encounter that could have gone either way at Hartsfield on Saturday.
OMs looked a different side from the team that played in the opening four games of the season, as they showed a lot of character and determination in their type of play scoring three tries through Dean Nyoni, Roy Manganga and Tichaona Charumbira, with Allan Mtungwa good off the boot as well.
“The victory was important to us because everyone had written us off as a competitive side in the league. We came into the game knowing that OGs was the team to beat and the players did well as they stuck to playing basic rugby.”
“It was a gruesome two weeks of training during the break and it has paid off. We got the points we needed and we will continue to take it step by step from here,” Dzinomurumbi said.
OMs played as a unit with the centre pair of George Savada and Charumbira doing an impressive job of keeping the big OGs forwards from stealing the show while prop Victor Chiwari’s introduction from the bench boosted the OMs scrum.
OMs had a bad start to the season as they lost 3-82 in their opening match to Old Hararians in Harare before being hammered 65-19 by Harare Sports Club in their second game.
Meanwhile, Matabeleland Warriors beat Gweru Sports club 35-10 at Mc Adams Fields to record their second victory of the season. Third-placed Western Panthers suffered a humiliating 70-14 defeat at the hands Old Hararians in the capital.