In Summary
  • Kenyan team looking for first victory after drawing opening match with Uganda.
  • Kenyan skipper back in the fray as Paarwater’s charges take on North Africans in continental encounter at RFUEA.
  • Tunisia have beaten Kenya only once in the history of the Gold Cup formerly Rugby Africa Division 1A Cup.

It will be an explosive battle of forwards when Kenya Simbas take on Tunisia in their second outing of Rugby Africa Gold Cup slated for Saturday at the RFUEA grounds.

Tunisia have beaten Kenya only once in the history of the Gold Cup formerly Rugby Africa Division 1A Cup. They last met during the 2015 competition when Kenya posted their best result against the North Africans, winning 46-15.

They met for the first time in 2005 where Kenyan triumphed 37-15 before meeting next in 2009 when Kenya lost 44-15. Kenya and Tunisia clashed at the 2011 final when Kenya won 16-7 at the RFUEA grounds.

Their next meeting was during the 2012 championship with Kenya claiming a 31-24 victory in the play-offs for third place.

Kenya suffered their heaviest defeat against Tunisia 52-5 back in 1997 when they met for the first time in a Test match.

UGANDA WIN

In the first around of matches, Kenya drew Uganda 33-33 in Nairobi while Zimbabwe humbled Senegal 28-16 in Dakar.

In the second round, Uganda beat Senegal 17-16 in Dakar while defending champions Namibia launched their campaign strongly, beating hosts Tunisia 41-7 in Tunis.

Kenya, who are seeking their first win, are glad to have their inspirational skipper Wilson K’Opondo back, having recovered from a rib injury.

K’Opondo dislocated his rib during the Simbas Test match against Germany on May 27 at the RFUEA grounds. Simbas lost the match 30-29.

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