ZIMBABWE’S Sables will be looking forward to picking up their third win in the Victoria Cup rugby competition when they take on Kenya at Bulawayo’s Hartsfield Rugby Ground on Saturday.
International rugby will be making a return to the City of Kings after a year.
Last Sunday, Sables posted a 31-26 win over Uganda at Legends Rugby Club in Kampala and in their first match of the four-team competition the Brendon Dawson-coached side beat Zambia 39-10.
In-form Shayne Makombe, Aiden Burnett, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Matthew McNab and Blithe Mavesere, who scored tries against Uganda, will be expected to further inspire Dawson’s charges.
Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) president Aaron Jani said they were feeling on top of the world to have the contest between the Sables and the Simbas in Bulawayo.
“We are very excited to be hosting one of our biggest international games at Hartsfield, the traditional home of Zimbabwe rugby. It’s always a pleasure to be in Bulawayo, the crowds are exciting and always support rugby. We had to give Bulawayo fans something to smile about for the season,’’ Jani said.
Transport challenges always hamper efforts to have matches played in Bulawayo since most of the flights land in Harare, which then creates extra costs in bringing the teams to the second largest city in the country.
“It is more costly to host games in Bulawayo because of the additional transport leg from Harare to Bulawayo but we are 100 percent Bulawayo and will support this initiative.”
Bulawayo Metropolitan Rugby Board chairman Delvin Ismail is excited to have the Sables take on Kenya at Hartsfield with his hope being that the fans will turn out in their numbers.
“It’s a big thing for Bulawayo to host the Sables and Kenya. It’s exciting for me, it’s my first game as chairman. We are very excited that we got this opportunity to host this game. We are hoping the people of Bulawayo will come and watch the national team against Kenya, we need the support of everyone in the city,” Ismail said.
In the build-up to the Sables match against Kenya, Milton take on Midlands Christian College in one of the curtain raisers lined up on the day.
The Sables last took on Kenya at Hartsfield in July 2017, a match the Kenyans won 41-22. In 2018, Kenya beat Zimbabwe 45-36 in Nairobi.