Zimbabwe Sables wrapped up their Africa Gold cup preparations with an emphatic 30-07 win over the Netherlands at the Rugby Stadium Amsterdam
Despite dominating set pieces a noticeable worrying department for the sables was kicking for posts. A lot of points were left on the kicking tee, missing 4 penalties and 2 conversions.
Zimbabwe drew first blood courtesy of a Takudzwa Chieza try which was converted by skipper Hilton Mudariki.
Sables stretched the lead to 10-00 through a close-range penalty by debutant fullback Takudzwa Musingwini.
Zimbabwe kept on piling the pressure and this time Matthew McNabb got his name on the score sheet when he planted a try in the corner which Musingwini then failed to convert.
The Netherlands finally got in the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half when they caught the Sables napping, Liam Stone ran in for their first try and was converted by fly-half Mees Van Oord.
Sables finished the half strongly as Musingwini slotted a penalty at the stroke of half time which put the visitors in a commanding 18-07 lead.
Zimbabwe put on a dominant second half, especially at scrum time, they ripped the hosts into shreds and struggled off their own feed, conceding a lot of penalties.
Sables capitalised scoring two more tries from Musingwini and replacement hooker Liam Larkan as they finished the match stronger.
Zimbabwe’s attention will now shift to the Africa Gold Cup Quarter finals where they are set to play West African giants Ivory Coast.