The Sunday Mail
Bulldogs head coach Geoffrey Madheke has fired the first shots in this never-ending rivalry between Prince Edward and Churchill Boys High School.
The two teams, wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a headline clash at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival.
Hosts Prince Edward strolled to an easy 16-10 victory, as the curtain came down on the week-long event.
A try by Darrel Makwasha and three penalties and a conversion by fly half Tinashe Hombiro were all the Tigers needed to pull through as Churchill were let down by some awful kicking by their fly half Tinashe Tinarwo.
Tinarwo missed a penalty and two conversions, leaving eight points on the pitch that could have easily swung the tide in their favour.
In his stead, the Bulldogs could only muster two unconverted tries from Walter Moyo and Tinotenda Munwi.
However, it was gaffer Madhake who stole the show when asked on the relevance of the defeat on his season plans.
“All I have to say is ‘let the games begin,” said a snug looking Madhake as if he had some another ace up his sleeve.
“They open the season with a clash against Falcon, but we will meet again and on our tuff for that matter.
“It’s game on,” he said.
His opposite number, was a bit more pragmatic.
“Well, we enjoy the rivalry, it’s a healthy competitive rivalry that forms the highlight of our season every year.
“For now, I am happy we managed to get the win, my boys showed great character and really made me proud.
“We play Flacon next and will need to start preparing for that game as soon as possible,” he said.