The Kenya Simbas lost their second match at the ongoing Cup of Nations after falling 31-10 to defending champions Russia on Tuesday,14 November at the Kings Park Sports ground in Hong Kong.
Heading into Tuesday’s clash,Russia had edged hosts Hong Kong 16-13 while the Kenya Simbas lost 23-3 to Chile in their opener.
Russia touched down 5 tries and three conversions against Kenya Simbas single try,a penalty and one conversion.
Darwin Mukidza opened the scoring for Simbas after slotting in a penalty from close range.The Russians enjoyed a bigger portion of possession afterwards piling pressure on the Simbas backline.
Chisanga limps off
Simbas would be dealt a huge blow after Josua Chisanga limped off as a result of an injury with Elkeans Musonye replacing him.
The Russians soon take the lead,Germein Davydov latching on to a wonderful kick before touching down for a converted try before Edevin Nepyvoda went over for Russia’s second of the match but the ensuing conversion kick went wide.
Just before the match went to the break,Nepyvoda sealed his brace as he forced his way past the Kenyan defence to touch down for a converted try ensuring the defending champions took a 19-3 lead to the interval.
Simbas decided to ring a change at the start of the second half,introducing Nato Simiyu for Biko Adema and soon afterwards the Russians were into the 20s as Sychev scored off a rolling maul for a converted try.
Nato pulls one back
Kenya Simbas pulled one back as Nato Simiyu was put through by Leo Seje before going over for the side’s first try of the match as Darwin Mukidza added the extras.
Great build up by the Russians set up Ryabov who went over for their fifth try of the match at the right corner to seal a 31-10 win which sees the side move top of the log after two matches.
Kenya Simbas will face hosts Hong Kong in what will be the third meeting between the sides on Saturday 18 November as Russia face off against Chile.