Paramount Garments Senior Championship: Table-toppers OH, Sportivo secure dominant wins

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Old Hararians players running on to the field. File Photo by Grind Stone/Jeffrey Murimbechi

Defending champions Old Hararians overcame the absence of several first-team stars as they romped to a dominant 90-0 win against winless University of Zimbabwe (UZ) to maintain their lead at the top of the Paramount Garments Senior Championship at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Pieter Benade’s table toppers gave a run to most of their fringe players against UZ as most of their first team starters were part of the Harare Select side which played against the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy-bound Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby team in a high-profile friendly at the same venue.

Despite the several absentees, Old Hararians were simply too strong against basement side UZ which has so far struggled to adapt to life in the topflight league after losing all their opening four matches.

In contrast, Old Hararians continue to show why they’re seeking their third successive title with professional performance which means they maintain their position at the top of the log on 20 points from their opening five matches.

The Old Boys, as Old Hararians are popularly known are five points clear of their bitter rivals Harare Sports Club.

Sportivo kept in touch with the leaders OH following an equally impressive 74-0 win against a Police Defenders side which had gone into the match with their confidence high following last week’s 29-17 win against Old Crestonians.

Harare Sports Club were also without several first-team players who were part of the Harare Select side which played out a thrilling 18-18 draw against the High Performance U20, which is made up of Zimbabwe U20 national team players, who are preparing for the upcoming World Cup.

Meanwhile, in the Paramount Garments Division One, third-placed Old Georgians II saw off a spirited Southern City to claim a 69-15 bonus-point win, which keeps them within touching distance of leaders, Harare Sports Club II and second-placed Old Hararians II.

Air Force registered their third win of the season following a 53-7 victory against Glenwood Stars which moved them to sixth position on the 10-team log standings.

Northern Chiefs kept their hopes of securing promotion to the top-tier league with a crushing 90-3 win against XP Horns. Chiefs occupy the last play-off spot in fourth position on 15 points, one clear of Air Force.

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

LOG STANDINGS

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