Three tries by Javier Canosa, Pablo Feijoo, and Pedro Martin and conversions from Cesar Sempere left Zimbabwe’s chances of joining the best sevens rugby nations in the world in tatters.
Although Gardner Nechironga came with his 37th international try and ironically on the 37th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, the damage in the loss for Zimbabwe appears to be bigger than seen from the outset.
The Zimbabweans will now have to conjure something out of the ordinary in their matches against Canada and the Philippines if they are to join The 12 HSBC World Sevens core teams Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.
The Cheetahs are playing in the second tie group along with 11 others teams, Canada, China, Guyana, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain ,Tonga, and Uruguay, with the top three teams qualifying to join the elite 12countries in the HSBC World Sevens Series.
The top three teams from each of the three four team groups will qualify for the World Sevens Series and compounding the Cheetahs problem is the fact that Canada hammered the Philippines 35-5 to leave Zimbabwe in third place in their group, and the Philippines on the tail end.
Zimbabwe next play Canada and a loss will mean elimination.