The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has described the just ended 2018 Kwese Victoria Falls Sevens Rugby tournament as a success and it is now targeting at including two European teams for the next edition.
A total of ten teams took part during the two-day Kwese Victoria Falls Sevens Rugby Tournament with Hong Kong bound Uganda and Kenya making their first appearance at the tourney.
The quality of competition and increase in the number of participating teams has excited the ZRU which has since set a target to have at least two European teams during the next edition of the sporting event.
ZRU president Aaron Jani said the tournament gave the Cheetahs technical team a perfect opportunity to assess their preparedness ahead of the forthcoming international tournaments.
“We fielded three sides and the idea was that everyone who had potential to participate in Hong Kong would get a chance to be looked at. The quality of rugby was so impressive. It was excellent completion and we hope to bring international flavour during the next edition,” said.
Zimbabwe senior rugby national team coach Peter De Villiers who was among the spectators during the two-day event commended the sevens team for a spirited performance and shared confidence the experience gained will be valuable when the Cheetahs take on some of the best sides in Hong Kong.
“I am very happy will the level of competition. We definitely would have wanted to lift the trophy but l am glad the players gave their best. You could see that they were not sevens fit and played against a strong Kenya side,” said De Villiers.
Despite losing in the final match against an impressive Kenya sevens side, the Cheetahs technical team has now shifted focus to the forthcoming Hong Kong tournament.