The Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby team’s hopes of gaining core status were quashed following back-to-back defeats on Day 1 of the Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.

It was a disappointing day for the Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby team which had begun the day hoping for favourable fortunes as they embarked on a quest to battle for a place on the International Rugby Board Circuit.

In their opening encounter the Cheetahs appeared out of their depth as they were outmaneuvered by Tonga in an encounter fans were expecting Zimbabwe to win.

In the first half the Cheetahs were on the backfoot from the onset with Tonga scoring 3 tries, one of which was converted in a contest that went to halftime with Tonga leading 17-nil.

Despite scoring 2 second half tries that came courtesy of Stephen Hunduza and Tapiwa Tsomondo the Cheetahs succumbed to a 29-12 defeat in their opening Pool E encounter.

In their second game against Hong Kong, Zimbabwe needed victory in order to entertain any hopes of fighting for core status qualification.

The cheetahs were off to a flying start with Rian O’neil putting Zimbabwe ahead courtesy of a well worked try. With Zimbabwe 7-nil up at the break, Zimbabwe’s hopes of challenging for core status hung in the balance.

The second half would, however, prove a disaster with the Cheetahs placed on the back foot. The hosts scored two second half tries and registered a 14-7 victory which all but dashed Zimbabwe’s hopes of vying for core status.