Seven months after the successful Sevens rugby tournament where the Cheetahs reigned supreme, rugby action is back in the resort town of Vitoria Falls with the under 18 and under 23 boys and girls competing at the ongoing rebranded Zimbabwe National Youth Games which kicked off this Monday.
Rugby is among the new sport codes which have been introduced this year as the country seeks to turn the annual event into a mini-Olympic.
On day one of the games, it was down to serious business for the participating teams with the new sport codes in particular rugby and chess being the centre of attraction.
Victoria Falls primary school, which was the venue for the rugby fiesta is hosting the rugby matches which are being played on a sevens format.
A total of six provinces are being represented in the under 23 men’s rugby category, while four teams are taking part in the boys under 18 category.
Only four provinces have participating teams in the under 23 women’s rugby category.
On day one, the host province romped to a 27 – nil victory against Mashonaland East’ boys under 23 team.
The ZITSU under 23 boys team was also in an impressive form outclassing Mashonaland East by 35 to nil.
Harare Province ensured a good start to their campaign, registering a 29 – nil victory against Masvingo Province.
Rugby enthusiasts are assured of some exhilarating rugby action for the next four days if the level of competition demonstrated on day one is anything to go by.
Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu said he is delighted that the resort town is hosting the games and appealed to the athletes to exhibit good sportsmanship and to also take time to enjoy the spectacular natural wonder, the majestic Victoria Falls.
Golf is expected to tee-off Tuesday morning with a total of 63 players confirming their participation.
Golf Director, Boniface Chigorimbo is confident of a successful tournament.
Victoria Falls town is hosting four sport codes namely: chess, rugby, weightlifting and golf.
Being the first province to host the revised Zimbabwe National Youth Games, Matabeleland North is confident of creating a lasting legacy both on and off the pitch.