Zimbabwe Sevens team coach Graham Kaulback says his side will not be dwelling much on their near miss against Germany in the Zambezi Challenge final on Sunday as they shift their focus to the Dubai Sevens Invitational to be played in the United Arab Emirates from December 1 to 3.
Although the Cheetahs were hardly convincing on their way to the final after almost losing to Zambian side Red Arrows in the semi-finals, they will draw some positives from their fighting display in the final where they narrowly lost 19-17 to Germany.
In fact, the Cheetahs, who had battled back from a 12-5 deficit at the break could’ve snatched victory after the hooter but failed to finish off a great chance, which meant they will have to wait longer before winning their home tournament.
However, Kaulback, who used the Zambezi Challenge to assess some new players who have been elevated from the national Under-20 set-up refused to dwell on the negatives.
“They’ve been so many positives from our young side and we’ll keep growing and building,” Kaulback said.
“An unfortunate knock-on at the end of right on their try line won’t define us as a group, it’s obviously disappointing but all credit to Germany for hanging on at the end. There are so many good signs, we had them on the ropes and one or two good passes there and it would’ve been a different story. The result doesn’t change anything for us, we are really happy with how this group has been progressing,” he added.
The former Zimbabwe international will be hoping for more improvement from his side during the Dubai Invitational Sevens competition which will be played concurrently with the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
“We are going to Dubai in a week’s time, where we are playing in the invitational section. Germany will be in the same section with some other really good teams. This is all meant to keep us growing as we head into early next year for the World Rugby Challenger Series,” he said.
The Cheetahs are in Pool A of the Dubai Sevens Invitational alongside Ireland, French sides Militaire and Fantastics.