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Kenya Simbas rally to hold Hong Kong

Kenya Simbas had to rally to force a 19 all draw against visitors Hong Kong in test match at the RFUEA grounds on Sunday August 20,2017.
Simbas were dealt a huge blow early in the match as Biko Adema who was making a return to the side after 2 months out was substituted through injury,his place taken by Kenny Andola.
Hong kong kept making inroads into the Kenyan half and their persistency paid off as they touched down to take an early 7-0 lead.
Moments later Hong Kong claimed their second try of the afternoon with Matt Roslee adding the extras to hand them a 14-0 lead against the hosts.

Simbas players sing the national anthem before kickoff/Photo/Courtesy


Simbas soon cut the deficit as captain George Nyambua went over the whitewash with Andola adding the extras as the score board now read 14-7 in favour of the visitors.
Andola then attempted a drop goal in a bid to reduce the deficit but his kick went wide.
With 5 minutes to the break,vice captain Patrice Agunda was sent to the sinbin for committing a foul,Simbas now reduced to 14 men.
However, that did not impact on the Simbas as Alex Olaba sprinted to the tryline before touching down but the resultant conversion went wide as the match went to halftime with Hong Kong leading 14-12.

Dennis Muhanji touches down to tie the scores/Photo/Courtesy


At the start of the second period,Simbas decided to ring a change introducing Samson Onsomu for Lyle Asiligwa.
The visitors yet again touched down capitalizing on lucklustre defending by the Simbas to take a 19-12 advantage.
Buoyed by a partisan home crowd,the Simbas drew level as Dennis Muhanji touched down with Andola converting to tie the scores at 19 all.
Nondies RFC youngster Benjamin Marshal was soon introduced for Patrice Agunda as he made his first ever appearance in a Kenya Simbas shirt.
Simbas had a chance to win it at the death if not for a knock on at the tryline,the match ending 19- all.

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