Kenya Simbas managed to maintain second spot on the Africa Gold Cup standings after a hard fought 41-22 win over Zimbabwe Sables at the Hartsfield grounds in Bulawayo on Saturday 22 July 2017.
Kenya missed a chance to take the lead early in the match as Leo Seje knocked on with the try line at his mercy.Moments later Darwin Mukidza gave Simbas the lead with a penalty before the hosts hit back courtesy of Hilton Mudariki as Tichafara Makwanya added the extras for a 7-3 Zimbabwe lead.
Scrumhalf Samson Onsomu would then restore Kenya’s lead after he was put through by Peter Karia with Mukidza doing the rest with his boot.Zimbabwe Sables responded as their top scorer Takudza Kumadiro touched down for his 6th try of the campaign.
Kenya Simbas went ahead once again as Davies Chenge touched down off a rolling maul before his KCB teammate Mukidza converted successfully for a 17-12 lead.In what was a cagey first half,the Simbas managed to take a slender 5 point advantage to the break.
On resumption,Simbas got a perfect second half start as Moses Amusala bulldozed his way to the tryline before Mukidza converted to give Kenya a 24-12 lead.Makwanya narrowed the gap to 9 points after drilling in a penalty.Fortune Chipendo then played a wonderful pass to Connor Pritchard who raced to the try line as Zimbabwe once again cut the deficit to 2 points.
In a bid to slow the rhythm of the sables who were enjoying a lot of possession,Kenya rang the changes introducing Simiyu and Philip Ikambili for Moses Amusala and Peter Karia respectively.
As the match entered the final quarter,Substitute Martin Owilah and captain Wilson K’Opondo each touched down in quick succession with Mukidza converting on both occassions as the Simbas took a comfortable 38-22 lead.Mukidza then scoreda late penalty as the match ended 41-22 in Kenya’s favour.