Chituyi lifts Kenya Simbas past stubborn Zimbabwe

Kenya Simba registered the second Africa Gold Cup win thanks to Dalmas Chituyi’s late brace that saw them win 45-36 against Zimbabwe in a match played at RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.
The opening half ended with Kenya leading 33-17. A strong start for Kenya saw them score the opening try through skipper Davis Chenge, his KCB teammate Darwin Mukidza added the extras and handed Simbas a 7-0 lead.
Chenge Hatrick
The guests replied five minutes later with unconverted try. Strathmore Leos loose forward Elkeans set up Chenge who went over for the second try of the day for Kenya. Mukidza once again got his conversion right and Kenya went nine points up.
Chenge’s fine form in the game continued as he took advantage of Zimbabwe’s lapse on the line out and went for a short line out that left the Sables well beaten. The KCB star touched down his third try and Mukidza made it 21-5.
Fourth try
Tony Onyango gave Kenya the fourth try that extended their lead to 26-5. The Sable cut down the deficit with a try from Dedzwa Mutamangira and a conversion from Tambwera.
Kenyan moved to 33 points after a penalty try but the Sables scored unconverted try through David Makanda that took the scores to 33-17 in favour of hosts Kenya.
Strong return by Sables
The Sables came from the break charged and camped in Kenya’s half. Their efforts were rewarded as they touched down two minutes after restart. They were then awarded penalty try at the 46th minute and moved to 29 points as Peter Kilonzo was sin-binned.
The visitors pressure continued and they got a converted try and led 36-34.
The Zimbabweans held on the lead till the 75th minute. Substitute  Dalmas Chituyi scored after Kenya’s maul but Mukidza missed the conversion and Kenya led by just two points. Chituyi scored his second at the 82nd minute and handed Kenya a 43-36 win.
Kenya: 1. Patrick Ouko, 2. Colman Were, 3. Joseph Odero, 4. Andrew Chogo, 5. Malcolm Onsando, 6. George Nyambua , 7. Elkeans Musonye, 8. Davis Chenge(c)
Backs:15.Biko Adema, 14. Tony Onyango, 13. Peter Kilonzo, 12. Darwin Mukidza(vc), 11. Edmund Anya, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu
Replacements 16. Peter Karia, 17. Moses Amusala,18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Oliver Mang’eni,20. Dalmus Chituyi, 21. Martin Owilah, 22. Xavier Bett, 23. Max Kang’eri
Zimbabwe: 1. Denford Mutamangira 2. David Mukanda 3. Farai Mudariki 4. Johannes Stander 5. Fortunate Chipendu 6. Takudzwa Mandiwanza 7. Connor Pritchard 8. Tapfuma Parirenyatwa 9. Ernest Mudzengerere 10. Lenience Tambwera 11. Mathew McNab 12. Brandon Mandivenga 13. Kudzai Mashawi 14. Takudzwa Kumadiro 15. Shingirai Katsvere
Replacements: 16. Mathew Mandioma 17. Cleopas Kundiona 18. Lawrence Cleminson 19. Kudakwashe Nyakufaringwa
20. Brian Nyaude 21. Jeremiah Jaravaza 22.Tafadzwa Mhende 23. Dylan Baptista
Referee: Tual Trainini (France)

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