Kenya Simbas maul Uganda Cranes, advance to Rugby Africa Cup semis
Kenya Simbas absolutely thrashed neighbors and fierce rivals Uganda Cranes 42-7 in the quarter finals of the Rugby Africa Cup.
The sizzling match which was being contested at Stade Maurice David in France saw Menengai Oilers star John Okoth landing a brace of tries to inspire Kenya Simbas to victory alongside debutants Bethwel Anami of Strathmore Leos and Teddy Akala of Kabras Sugar.
The Simbas had completely overpowered the Cranes with two solid tries before 1st half whistle that saw Kenya leading by 28 points to nil.
Thomas Okeyo of the University of Johannesburg and KCB scrum half Samwel Asati also made their marks with beautiful tries that had the Ugandans completely in turmoil as their defensive tactics seemed to be in disarray.
KCB full back Darwin Mukidza was sure to convert five of the scored tries while Fijian-born Kenyan international Jone Kubu split the post once after coming off the bench to finish off the Uganda Cranes. With the dying whistle only minutes away, Jacob Ochen finally scored Uganda’s consolation try that was converted by former Kabras Sugar star full back Philip Wokorach.
Youngster Samuel Asati was named the man of the match and said; “it was a perfect start, our focus is to qualify for the World Cup.”
The Simbas will now face Algeria in the semifinals of the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup. The North Africans later on in the day defeated Senegal 33-12 in their quarter final clash to book a solid progression. Namibia on the other hand will face Zimbabwe in the other semifinal clash. Both games will be played on Wednesday 6 July.