Men’s Rugby Africa Cup weekend match sees Kenya win over Zambia | The Guardian Nigeria News
Kenya’s Simbas returned to victory on Sunday night with a massive 45-8 win on their visit to Zambia. The match was the culmination of three busy weeks of international rugby at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The man of the match, Jone Kubu, organized another clinic as he scored 18 points from two tries, a conversion, a penalty and a drop goal to inspire Kenya in front of a pinching Zambia.
Ahead of the game, head coach Paul Odera made up to six changes to the squad that narrowly lost to Senegal in the first game. The changes seem to have worked like a charm as George Nyambua who came for Thomas Okeyo scored a brace while Samuel Asati, who came for Bryceson Adaka also played a huge role in Brian Tanga’s try.
The first half tries of George Nyambua, Brian Tanga and Jone Kubu (2) complemented by two conversions from Kubu and Dominic Coulson allowed Simba to head for the break with a good lead of 32-3.
Simbas had to win the match if they were to make it to the Rugby Africa Cup tournament next year, which will serve as the 2023 World Cup qualifier for Africa.
The break appeared to have slowed down the Simbas as they only managed two tries in the second half. Joshua Chisanga and George Nyambua replaced Paul Odera as Dominic Coulson managed to register a conversion and a penalty in the dying minutes of the match. Israel Kalumba is passed for Zambia’s only try.
Zambia will now finish bottom of Group B in the Rugby Africa Cup and will not participate in the qualifying tournament next year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).