Hosts Zimbabwe and Madagascar enjoyed convincing victories in their opening matches in the Rugby Africa Group B Barthés Cup at Prince Edward High School in Harare
“We remain confident ahead of our game against Madagascar, at our half time I told the boys not to forget who we are and what we came here to do. The minute we did that it was a different game all together.
The Barthes Cup is the first since Rugby Africa’s recent affiliation with Société Générale, the official partner for the development of rugby in Africa.
This represents a real breakthrough for the image of African rugby and, in particular, for rugby played by young people.
In the spirit of rugby all four team took time to observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims of Cyclone Idai which affected 2.6 Million people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Rugby Union Sifiso Made said the teams were touched by this devastating natural disaster and the gesture is shows how sport can bring people together.
“The teams and the organising committee came together and this show how powerful rugby is in uniting communities in distress. As a rugby union we also took the opportunity and established a collection centre for donations to assist affected families.
“It touches my heart when I see Under-20 players spearheading such honourable gestures and the world and other young people will be inspired to come together in future events,” said Made.