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RHODES RUGBY RISES

Date Released: Mon, 19 August 2013 08:51 +0200

Rhodes University produced an epic performance to overcome Varsity Shield side, University of Fort Hare (UFH) 28-14 on Saturday.

The game began with a brilliant solo effort from Rhodes fullback Tafadzwa Chitokwindo. He gathered the ball on the halfway line, sprinted past a defender, chipped the ball over UFH’s last defender and dotted down to give Rhodes an early 5-0 lead.

Rhodes were strong on defense, making countless tackles and resisting the pressure placed on them from UFH’s strong forwards and fast, nippy backline. UFH conceded a penalty from 35 meters out, which Chitokwindo converted to make it 8-0.

Rhodes then scored a second try through prop Uvutera Ngatjizeko, taking the score 13-0 to after another missed conversion. UFH then displayed their abilities with Jerome Williams bundling over to give them their first try of the match. Fullback Khanyiso Komano converted with ease to make it 13-7 at half time.

Rhodes came out strongly again in the second half with flank Rick Moolman crawling over to score their third try, which was the result of a maul off a Rhodes line-out. Winger Ryan Dewey converted giving Rhodes a lead of 13 points, with the score at 20 points to 7. UFH struck back almost instantly once again through a try from their number 7, which their fullback converted again.

With the score at 20-14, it could have been anyone’s game, but Rhodes fullback Chitokwindo stole the show with another long range penalty and a second try, thanks to a clever chip from Dan Gluckman. The final score was 28-14.

Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, who plays fullback for Rhodes and is part of Zimbabwe’s Rugby Sevens team, had an outstanding match. He recently played at the World Student Games in Moscow.

He is studying a BComm, majoring in Economics and Management. He says his favourite player is Hosea Gear and that after university, he wants to focus on his international Sevens career with Zimbabwe and try get a pro rugby contract.

After Saturday’s match he said, “We played a great game against a Varsity Shield side. We dominated them and deserved the win.”

By Brandon Yates

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