RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Preview: Kenya Simbas vs Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Sables visit Nairobi’s RFUEA grounds on Saturday 30 June,seeking to bag their first win of the Africa Gold Cup against Kenya. 
Zimbabwe stumbled in their opening clash, playing out to a 23-all stalemate with Morocco in Harare as Kenya had to dig deep, rallying from 17-7 down to beat Morocco 28-24 in Casablanca.
Head to head
The sides have previously met 19 times with the South African nation enjoying a superior head to head record.They have won 12 of the matches with Kenya Simbas registering 7 wins.

Past five meetings between the sides


Zimbabwe are winless against Kenya in the past two years losing 61-15 in 2016 before succumbing to a 42-22 defeat during the 2017 Africa Gold Cup match staged at the Hartsfield grounds in Bulawayo.
Ranking
Kenya occupies second spot on the Africa Gold Cup standings on 4 points while Zimbabwe’s opening day draw sees them sit at fourth position on two points.
Zimbabwe is ranked 37th according to the latest World Rugby standings, nine places below Kenya who are at 28th.
Squads
Zimbabwe coach Peter De Villiers will be without his top marksmen Hilton Mudariki,Peter Du Toit and Gabriel Sipapate who was not included in the 25-man contingent to Nairobi.
They will however have the likes of Connor Pritchard as well as skipper Denford Mutangamira to look up to.
Cleopas Kundiona, Johannes Stander and Jerry Jaravaza are all in line to make their international debuts.
Kenya will continue to miss the services of lock Wilson Kopondo with the duo of centre Leo Seje and Philip Ikambili also ruled out through injuries.
Darwin Mukidza who has proven to be an accomplished utility back has been redeployed from fly half to centre with Isaac Adimo being recalled.
Malcolm Onsando and Elkeans Musonye have been introduced at the second row and backrow respectively with rookie Xavier Kipng’etich getting a place on the bench.
 

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