SACS didn’t experience too much trouble unlocking the Zambezi Steelers’ defence as they won the encounter by 43-24 during the opening day of the World Schools Festival in die Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch.
Both SACS’ locks, Jordan Thomas (captain) and Enos Ndiao, managed to score a brace of tries to round off impressive performances by both of them.
Thomas deservedly won the award as Man-of-the-Match as he grinded at the breakdowns, led his team from the front as well as found time to get in a few runs with the ball in hand.
The centre pairing of Robin Aspeling and Rihaz Hendricks also impressed with their performance for the winning side. Both managed to find some promising gaps in the Steelers’ defence.
For the Zambezi Steelers, from Zimbabwe, their flyhalf and captain, Thabonga Ngonyama, impressed with his attacking flair and ability. Ngonyama’s style of play would’ve definitely reminded South African rugby fans of former Free State Cheetahs superstar Kennedy Tsimba.
Tsimba these days are plying his trade as Director of Rugby at St Alban’s College in Pretoria. Ngonyama is a pupil from Peterhouse, which also produced Springbok prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira.
The fullback, Tinashe Hambiro, also impressed every time he got the opportunity to join the line.
SACS will have a tougher job on Friday when they take on the World Schools Invitational XV. The Zambezi Steelers will Western Province XV.
SACS 43 (17) – Tries: Jordan Thomas (2), Enos Ndiao (2), Rihaz Fredericks, Hlumelo Ntweni, Matthew Hayes. Conversions: Hayes (2), Robin Aspeling (2). Zambezi Steelers 24 (5) – Tries: Thabonga Ngonyama (2), Allen Mawande, Tinashe Hambiro. Conversions: Hambiro (2).