HARARE – Old Johannians (OJs) are slowly getting their campaign back on track after making it two wins in a row with a 28-13 win over struggling Highlanders in an Intercity Rugby League encounter at Hartsfield Ground in Bulawayo on Saturday.
OJs had secured their first win of the season with a 49-17 victory over Police Defenders last weekend in Harare.
Both OJs and Highlanders are going through a lean spell in the league so far this season and were desperate to collect maximum points and work their way out of the dreaded relegation zone.
At least three teams are set to be relegated to the B league at the end of the season and the battle for survival is intensifying with each outing.
The visitors led 21-13 at half time following tries from prop Roger Lavindle, Tafadzwa “Rambo” Mubvumbi (hooker) and flyhalf Keith Maponga.
OJs lock Gerard Potts ensured that the visitors got a bonus point try late in the second period while winger Tatenda “Tanto” Ngomasha weighed in with four conversions.
OJs manager Roger Woodward conceded it was a difficult encounter against Highlanders.
“Our target has always been to make the semis and if we build on the last two wins we can make it,” Woodward told the Daily News yesterday.
“There are three games in the first round of the league which we feel we could have won and we plan to turn the results around in the second round.
“It was a very tough encounter playing any team in Bulawayo is always a tough ask.”