THE Zimbo Cup Under-21 rugby tournament action continued on Saturday at Hartsfield Rugby Grounds with Busters mauling Panthers 48-0 to move to the top spot of the log standings.
After settling for a dramatic 34-34 draw against the Old Miltonians (OMs) Busters demonstrated their capabilities to win the tournament with their fine display against Panthers.
Busters are now on eight points, a point ahead of OMs who dampened Bulldogs hopes of winning the tournament.
OMs drubbed Bulldogs 74-0, handing them their second defeat of the tournament after they fell 0-61 to Panthers in their first match of the campaign.
Panthers are on position three with five points while Bulldogs, yet to collect a point, are rooted at the bottom of the table.
Provincial development officer George Mukorera said the tournament was still open for the top three teams as this week’s games would determine teams that will progress to the finals.
“The tournament is going well so far. We have seen Busters and Old Miltonians playing very well, but the two teams that will meet in the finals will be determined by the outcome of this week’s games. As it stands, top three teams have the chance of making it to the finals,” Mukorera said.
On Saturday OMs will take on Panthers while struggling Bulldogs will face buoyant Busters.
Busters will not be under pressure as they will be taking on the tournament underdogs with their chances of qualifying for the finals very high compared to Panthers and OMs who have to outdo each other to secure a ticket to the finals.
Mukorera said they had so far identified a number of talented players, but the selection of the provincial team would continue this Saturday.
He challenged Bulawayo young stars to take up the sport so that a competitive provincial team could be formed.
“We have identified a few talented players to be drafted into the provincial team. Some of them were coming from South Africa, but they have gone back because of academic commitments,” Mukorera said.
“The selection process will continue on Saturday. We have roped in some few young talented players from National University of Science and Technology and Bulawayo Polytechnic.
“We would like to urge young people to join rugby so that we could work on the sport from grassroots level and challenge Harare teams.”