NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7, 2018 – The Kenya Simbas played against the Uganda Cranes in Nairobi, Kenya today. Kenya beat the neighbours 38-22 to bag their third win of the 2018Africa Gold Cup, a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Kenya scored five converted tries and one penalty against Uganda’s four tries and one conversion. For the win, Kenya picks four points in the Africa Gold Cup to stay second with 12 as Namibia leads with 15.
Kenya’s five tries were scored by winger Jacob Ojee, captain Davies Chenge, half-back Samson Onsomu, winger Felix Ayange and prop Moses Amusala with Darwin Mukidza converting all.
Kabras Sugar winger Philip Wokorach scored two tries with centre Michael Wokorach and fly-half Ivan Magomu also getting on the score-sheet.
Returning winger Jacob Ojee got things going for Kenya with his first try of 2018 with vice-captain converting to ensure a perfect start for the home side.
Philip Wokorach, who plays his professional rugby with Kenyan side Kabras Sugar, gave Uganda first try but he sent the conversion wide only for Kenyan captain Davies Chenge to double Kenya’s lead.
Scrum-half Samson Onsomu and winger Felix Ayange’s back to back tries saw Kenya lead 28-5 at the break.
Uganda got life going in the second half scoring through Ivan Magomu and Michael Wokorach to move the score to 17-31 with Philip Wokorach adding his second to reduce the deficit to 22-31.
A late try from substitute Moses Amusala ensured Kenya pick a 38-22 win over Uganda whose chances of qualifying for the World Cup now hang in the balance.
Uganda Coach John Duncan admitted their chances of direct qualification to the World Cup may go gone after losing their second game with the focus now set to turn to the global repechage.
“That (qualifying for the World Cup) was obviously one of the goals, we control our destiny we didn’t get there but by the end of the day, we are still a good team. It’s a pleasure to coach these boys but at the end of the day it’s not the result we wanted.”
“If you play a good team and allow them to get 31 points it’s going to be a tough challenge. I am very proud of the boys for fighting the way back to the challenge, they stuck to the plan which I am very happy about.”
Kenya assistant coach Murray Roulston was pleased with the win against a strong Ugandan side that would have completed a comeback but time was not on their side.
“Uganda played very well in the second half it’s a big week just like last week against Zimbabwe but we got a good start in the first half. We improved the game from last week and there is still more but we are very happy with the boys and we look forward to the next round of matches.”
Uganda’s next game will be against Tunisia on August 4, 2018, in what will be their first home game of the season.
The Kenyan side will await Tunisia from Uganda to host them on August 11 before heading out to Namibia for the season finale.