RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Preview: Kenya v Uganda

Uganda Rugby Cranes visit Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground on Saturday for an Africa Gold Cup clash that also acts as the Elgon Cup return leg. 
Uganda head to the clash on the backdrop of a 55-6 humiliation by Namibia in their Africa Gold Cup opener in Windhoek while Kenya posted two wins in two against Morocco and Zimbabwe.
The cranes will be buoyed by the result they got on Kenyan soil in their last visit in 2017.They were enroute to stunning the hosts only for Simbas to be awarded a late penalty try to salvage a 33-all draw, scooping a 10th Elgon Cup gong in the process.
Head to head
Simbas boast of a superior head to head record having won the Elgon Cup on ten occasions against Uganda’s four.
The Ian Snook-coached side will go to Saturday’s match with an 18 point advantage having won 34-16 in the first leg staged in Kampala on 26 May 2018.
Last 13 Elgon Cup meetings
2012: Kenya 93-34 Uganda (Kenya 45-24 Uganda) (Uganda 10-48 Kenya)
2013: Uganda 47-45 Kenya (Uganda 30-25 Kenya) (Kenya 20-17 Uganda)
2014: Kenya 48-14 Uganda (Kenya 34-0 Uganda) (Uganda 21-14 Kenya)
2015: Uganda 30-35 Kenya (Uganda 13-19 Kenya) (Kenya 16-17 Uganda)
2016: Kenya 17-19 Uganda (Kenya 12-0 Uganda) (Uganda 19-5 Kenya)
2017: Uganda 51-56 Kenya (Uganda 18-23 Kenya) (Kenya 33-33 Uganda)
2018: Uganda 16-34 Kenya
Ranking
Simbas are ranked second on the Africa Gold Cup log having garnered eight points in two matches while Uganda sit at a precarious fourth position albeit after playing only one match.
On the World Rugby rankings, Kenya occupies 28th position on 56.30 points while Uganda who are on 49.27 sit at 37th spot.
Line-ups 
The Kenyans have rang four changes to the side that edged out Zimbabwe last weekend with youthful wing Edmund Anya making way for Jacob Ojee.Oliver Mang’eni and Vincent Mose have also been drafted to the starting line up.
Veteran Felix Ayange has been handed his debut, featuring at left wing with his Kabras Sugar team-mate Hillary Mwanjilwa in line for a potential debut from the bench.
Uganda coach John Duncan has recalled the team’s lynchpin Philip Wokorach who missed the side’s last outing.
It will be worth noting that the Kabras Sugar man came on as a second half substitute during the first leg in Kampala and his impact was immediately felt as the Cranes began making forays into Kenya’s territory.
Michael Wokorach as well as Ronald Mussaja of Kenya Harlequins have also been summoned by Duncan.

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