Saturday, November 21, 2015

CUP OF NATIONS: Portugal v Zimbabwe

Portugal v Zimbabwe in Hong Kong

Results So Far

Russia 23, Portugal 12
Hong Kong 30, Zimbabwe 11

Russia 50, Zimbabwe 5
Hong Kong 13, Portugal 6

RUSSIA 2 2 0 0 73 17 56 0 1 9
HONG KONG 2 2 0 0 43 17 26 0 1 9
PORTUGAL 2 0 0 2 18 36 -18 1 0 1
ZIMBABWE 2 0 0 2 16 80 -64 0 0 0


This tournament is exactly what world rugby reeds. Test matches between nations of different regions so as to bring some sense into world rugby rankings.

This match is the playoff for 3rd-4th. Both teams have disappointed at this tournament with both teams looking for their first win.

This is the first time these two nations have meet in a test rugby match.

GWC Rankings
World Table: Zimbabwe 25th, Portugal 26th

World Rugby Ranking Points
Zimbabwe 55.28, Portugal 55.26

Prediction: This will be close. Portugal by 3 points. Score 21-18


Portugal Squad


Michael Andrade (Western Province, South Africa)
Francisco Appleton (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Tomás Appleton (Darligton Mowden Park RFC, England)
Pedro Bettencourt Ávila (ASM Clermont Auvergne, France)
Manuel Costa (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Francisco Domingues (Provence Rugby, France)
Thibault De Freitas (ASV Lavaur, France)
David dos Reis (RC Nimois, France)
Francisco Fernandes (AS Béziers Rugby)
José Lima (US Carcassonne, France)
João Lino (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Miguel Macedo (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Francisco Pinto Magalhães (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Duarte Marques (AEIS Técnico)
Bruno Medeiros (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Tomás Noronha (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Bruno Rocha (AEIS Técnico)
Francisco Silva (GD Direito)
João Diogo Silva (AA Coimbra)
Francisco Sousa (GDS Cascais)
Michael Tadjer (RC SU Agen, France)
Diogo Van den Toorn (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Salvador Vassalo (GDS Cascais)
Maxime Vaz (ASM Clermont Auvergne, France)
Francisco Viera (CD Univ.Lisboa)
Miguel Vilaça (CD Univ.Lisboa)

Adapted from

Zimbabwe Squad


Ngonidzashe Chibuwe*
Tafadzwa Chitokwindo
Jan Ferreira (Spanish Club)
Stephan Hunduza
Charles Jiji
David Kapuya*
Kuziva Kazembe*
Brian Makamure
Tichafara Makwanya (vice-captain)
Malvern Maparura*
Tafadzwa Mhende (Harare Sports Club)
Farai Mudariki
Tatenda Murwira
Denford Mutamangira (captain)
Royal Mwale
Nico Nyemba
Riaan O’Neil
Andrew Rose
Alva Senderayi*
Gerald Sibanda
Sanele Sibanda
Gabriel Sipapati*
Manasah Sita (German Club)
Biselele Tshamala
Lungile Tshuma (USA Club)
Martin Wolfenden (Coventry RFC, England)
*New caps
Head Coach: Cyprian Mandenge

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