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Kenya Simbas beat Brazil in seesaw contest to claim Stellebosch Challenge bronze

Kenya Simbas Jone Kubu in action. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-half

Kenya Simbas claimed Bronze in the Stellebosch Challenge after beating Brazil 36-30 in a seesaw contest played at Markotter Stadium on Saturday.

Simbas headed to this clash eyeing the first win on the tour having lost the first two matches with huge margins. They were also hoping to maintain their good run which had seen them beat Brazil  27-25 and 18-17 in the test matches played in 2011 and 2016.

After 80 minutes of play, Simbas managed to beat Brazil for the third time and claim the first win of the South African Tour.

Just like last weekend, the Simbas scored three first tries all coming from the backs. In the second half, the team fought well and two more tries. Kubu bagged a brace and contributed a total of 19 points in the win.

Brazil who had lost their semi-final date against Zimbabwe 24-22 got on the scoresheet first through penalties by Lucas Tranquez in the sixth and 12th minute.

Kenya came close severally before pulling back via a penalty by Jone Kubu at the 16th minute.

Brazil’s patience in build-up saw them land a try that was converted by Tranquez for a 13-3 lead in the 24th minute.

Kenya fought back and after minutes of possession, Kubu slipped past his markers and scored Kenya first try of the match. He converted for a 13-10 scoreline.

Kenya led for the first time in the 32nd, it was after Andrew Matoka released the ball back to play before he was bundled out on the left-wing, Brian Tanga quick pounced of the loose ball and set up supporting John Okoth who landed a try that saw Kenya lead 15-13. Kubu was unable to add the extras.

Tranquez put the Brazilians back to lead with a penalty but the one-point lead was short-lived as Kubu set up Vincent Onyala who accelerated and scored at the 39th minute for Kenya to move to 20 points. A conversion by Kubu followed and the Simbas took a 22-16 lead to the break.

Brazil started the second half well and got a penalty try that saw lead again. Thomas Okeyo was yellow-carded for a high tackle.

The Simbas responded immediately and after a patient hunt by the forwards, the ball was released to the backs. Tanga picked Kubu with a pass off a ruck near the try-line and the Fijian-born fly-half beat his markers to land Kenya’s fourth try which Andrew Matoka converted for a 29-23 lead.

Brazil came close to landing another try but Jacob Ojee’s desperate tackle on Robson Morais saved the day.

Simbas were punished for running the ball in their goal area and Onyala knocked the ball handing Brazil an attacking scrum. From the scrum, Brazil got another penalty try to lead again.

Malcolm Onsando and substitute Samuel Asati combined for Kenya to reclaim the lead. Brazil were undone by late penalty and handling errors as the Simbas held on to hand them the second loss. Simbas will face Cheetahs in the final match of the tour

Simbas Line up against Brazil 1. Ian Njenga 2. Eugene Wesonga 3. Ephraim Bwire 4. Malcolm Onsando 5. Thomas Okeyo 6. George Nyambua 7. Daniel Sikuta (Captain) 8. Joshua Chisanga 9. Brian Tanga 10. Jone Kubu 11. Andrew Matoka 12. John Okoth 13. Vincent Onyala 14. Jacob Ojee 15. Darwin Mukidza

Reserves: 16. Bonface Ochieng 17. Joseph Odero 18. Patrick Ouko 19. Brian Juma 20. Elkeans Musonye 21. Samuel Asati 22. Peter Kilonzo 23. Isaac Njoroge

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