Kenya Simbas went to the top of the Africa Gold Cup standings albeit temporarily after beating hard fighting Senegal 45-25 at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors started the match as underdogs but went ahead few minutes into the match as Steve Sargos drilled in a penalty for a 3-0 lead.
Kenya Simbas responded almost immediately as Darwin Mukidza touched down before his conversion went wide.Mukidza was at it again moments later as he claimed his brace after leaving his opponent for dead on the wing.He converted successfully to put Kenya 12-3 ahead.
Simbas were dealt a huge blow as their second top points scorer Jacob Ojee was stretchered off, his place taken by Dennis Muhanji.The
West Africans soon clawed themselves back into the clash with a well taken try to close the gap to 2 points.
Joshua Chisanga then scored to take the scores to 17-10 with Mukidza’s conversion going wide.
On the stroke of halftime, Kenya extended their lead with Mukidza converting as Simbas led 24-10 at the break.
David Ambunya then touched down after a fantastic move with Mukidza touching down for a 31-10 lead.
Jerome Paarwater decided to ring the changes bringing in Martin Owilah in place of his KCB teammate Davis Chenge.
Soon afterwards Steve Sargos cut the deficit as he drilled in a penalty ensuring the scores stood at 31-13 in favour of the home side.
In what would be his first try in a national team colours, Homeboyz Rugby man Philip Ikambili touched down as Mukidza added the extras for a 38-13 lead.
The West Africans would not go down without a fight as Georges Mendy raced to the tryline with Steve Sango converting as the scoreboard read 38-20 in favour of Kenya.Kabras man George Nyambua was then introduced for captain Wilson K’Opondo.
KCB fullback Darwin Mukidza who was having a fantastic afternoon put the icing on the cake as he touched down under the posts before Kenny Andola converted successfully to take the scores to 45-20.Georges Mendy responded almost immediately with an unconverted try, ensuring the match ended 45-25.