Monday, September 28, 2020

BDF Cheetahs overpower Gunners

Sir Seretse Khama Barracks based BDF Cheetahs last weekend consolidated their supremacy in Botswana rugby by walloping a sorry-looking Selebi-Phikwe based EMG Gunners 57-13 in Selebi-Phikwe.

Gunners, a soldier dominated rugby team, had vowed to get off to a winning start at the expense of Cheetahs. From the 3 games they have played so far, Gunners are still to register a win.

The Selibe – Phikwe outfit initially appeared destined to shock Cheetahs when they made dangerous runs towards goals. Many believed Gunners would salvage something from this game as Cheetahs coach, Gareth Gilbert, had decided to rest most of his key players.

In first stanza, the game was a see saw affair as both teams managed to put away a few tries. The game went into recess with Cheetahs fractionally leading Gunners 12-10.

After pep talk, the Gaborone side started adding pace to their game. Cheetahs’ prop, Dituo Karoza, was at this stage proving to be a nuisance to the home side.

Cheetahs’ coach, Gilbert, will be happy with Karoza’s performance, as he is not a regular starter in the team.

Karoza’s combination with speed merchant, Gilbert Machobane, and ace man, Shine Gabatlhabiwe, tore the Gunners defence, which showed signs of exhaustion.

It was apparently clear at this stage that Gunners’ fitness level was not up to scratch as Cheetahs overran them at will.

After this result, Cheetahs are perched at the top of the St Louis league with 14 points from 3 outings. They have scored the most number of goals at 121 and conceded only 13.

In Francistown, favourites UB Rhinos were sent to the cleaners by Francistown Tuskers who gave them a 17-21 beating. Before this game, Rhinos were the log leaders. The University of Botswana-based side now sits in third position. This is because another Gaborone side, Hogs, won against Francistown-based BDF Sharks. Hogs came from behind to win the match 61-19.

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