Kenya Simbas will be out to redeem themselves when they host Hong Kong in Nairobi on Sunday 20 August 2017 after falling short in the recently concluded Africa Gold Cup.
The sides have met only twice before with the first meeting being way back in 2011 at the Emirates Nations Cup where the Dragons beat the Simbas 44-17.
According to World Rugby rankings,Hong Kong are in 24th position globally with Simbas a place below them in 25th.Both sides will therefore be keen to claim victory and climb up the world ladder.
In the 2011 clash staged in Dubai,Hong Kong managed to score courtesy of a brace from Charles French,Mark Goosen,Rowan Varty,Adam Raby and Paul Tauti.Fly half Alex McQueen claimed 2 penalties and 4 conversions.
Simbas managed to score through Dennis Mwanja,Ronnie Mwenesi and Peter Mutai as David Ambunya converted once.
Mutai and Mwanja have since retired and Ambunya,Curtis Lilako, Moses Amusala and Isaac Adimo are the only members in the current squad that were part of the 2011 class.
On 26th August 2017,the sides faced off in an international test match at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi with Simbas running out 34-10 winners as Joseph Kang’ethe,Nato Simiyu,Darwin Mukidza and Tony Owuor who was the matchday’s MVP all touched down.
Before the test match,Hong Kong had faced a second string Kenyan side, “Kenya A” narrowly loosing 24-18.
Kenya go into Sunday’s clash coming off a heavy 42-7 loss to Namibia that saw them fail in their bid to clinch the Africa Gold Cup.
Hong Kong have named a side consisting of a blend of youth and experience to travel to Nairobi with Nick Hewson, Matt Lamming, Matt Rosslee, Ben Higgins, Alex Ng, Jamie Tsang, Lex Kaleca and Tyler Spitz are among the seasoned players.
Simbas on their part have handed six players full international debuts for the clash.
The six are Impala’s James Kubasu,Philip Ikambili of Homeboyz,Emmanuel Mavala,Mwamba’s Brad Owako and Elkeans Musonye of Strathmore Leos.
Kenya vs Hong Kong previous meetings
2016:Kenya 34-10 Hong Kong
2016:Kenya “A” 24-18 Hong Kong
2011:Kenya 17-44 Hong Kong