German Flyhalf Chris Hilsenbeck pierces Kenya Simba's heart

By francis marangu
May 28, 2021
  • German captain Micheal Poppmeier leads teammates in celebrating winning the Tatu City Test match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kenya captain, Wilson K'Opondo scored one try againt the German team who narrowly won 30-29. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kenya Martin Owila is tackled by Germany Otto Jacobus. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Flyhalf Chris Hilsenbeck rated Kenya Simbas highly even as his 8oth minute drop goal gave visiting Germany a 30-29 test match win on Saturday at the RFUEA ground. 

He was voted as man-of-the-match and broke the hearts of Kenyans with the last kick of the match. It was Kenya’s first home loss in recent years and Hilsenbeck admitted they won against a strong team.

“I had missed two kicks earlier and I wanted to score that for the boys,” he told Sports News Arena after the match.

“This is the hardest match I have ever played. With the heat and Kenyans running very fast, it was not easy.”

The late winner was a huge relief for the Germans who wasted countless scoring opportunities in both halves. Their pack was heavier than Kenya and played out well at the lineout.

Kenya’s head coach Jerome Paarwater admitted his team struggled. “Germany won many penalties in the scrum that worked for them. Before playing Uganda, we need to put more effort at the set pieces and I know it will be difficult.”

Overall, Paarwater was happy with how the young players performed. He said with more quality test matches, they will be good for any opposition.

“The guys did well after 10 intensive days in South Africa. In the last seconds, we were winning the match but luck was not on our side,” he noted.

The match was for any team to win all through and Kenya enjoyed a two-point lead at halftime; 12-10.

Parkinson stroked over a penalty

Center Raynor Parkinson gave Germany the lead in the first minute after stroking a penalty.

A minute later, Kenya touched down. Martin Owila gathered the restart ball and went straight into contact before offloading to Eric Kerre on the tackle. Kerre then beat a late tackle to race clear and score.

Darwin Mukidza missed a penalty attempt and Kenya added a second try with barely 20 minutes played.

The Kenyans had won a lineout and went straight to ruck. Captain Wilson K’Opondo collected the ball from the ruck, dummied before sprinting to touch down. Mukidza converted for 12-3.

Germany pulled back a try through Erik Marks from a lineout maul and converted by Parkinson.

The half closed with Biko Adema making a strong tackle on Ben Ellerman who was going for a clear try after breaking on the right wing.

Three minutes into the second half, Germany took the lead 15-12. Kehoma Brenner touched down after they won the ball from a poor pass by David Ambunya to Adema at the center line.

After seven minutes, Samson Onsomu restored the lead for Kenya with a try converted by Mukidza. It was Mukidza who delivered a perfect offload to Onsomu after his run on the wing was halted by a tackle from Tim Menzeel.

Kenya appeared to break away at the hour mark after Ambunya scored with Mukidza converting for 26-15.

It all started when Davis Chenge won a turnover ball at the ruck inside his 22. He passed to Patrice Agunda then to Tony Onyango who picked out Jacob Ojee.

Ojee tackled at the line

The KCB winger showed his trademark run for about 80 meters but was tackled at the line before picking out Ambunya for the try.

Germany were not letting it go easily. They touched down through Sean Armstrong and converted by Hilsenbeck before Mukidza kicked a penalty for 29-22.

When Harris Aounallah touched down with less than 10 minutes to play, it was all eyes on Hilsenbeck as he stepped on to convert. The two points would have tied the scores but he kicked wide.

Before the winner, Germany had missed two penalty attempts by Hilsenbeck and Jamie Murphy.

The first penalty was as a result of a high tackle by Owila who was sent to the sin bin.

Line ups

Kenya Simbas: 15. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB, Vice Captain), 13. David Ambunya (Quins), 12. Patrice Agunda (Quins), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 9. Samson Onsomu (Impala), 1. Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Dennis Karani (Impala), 4. Wilson K'Opondo (Quins, Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu (Impala), 6. Eric Kerre (Impala), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Martin Owila (KCB).

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz)17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), 19. Oliver Mang’eni ( KCB), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 21. Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), 22. Leo Seje Owade (Impala), 23. Dennis Muhanji (Quins).

Germany: 15. Harris Aounallah, 14. Ben Ellerman, 13. Marcel Coetezee, 12. Raynor Parkinson, 11.Matthieu Ducau, 10. Chris Hilsenbeck, 9. Tim Meneel, 1. Julius Nostadt, 2. Mikail Tyuhenev, 3. Samy Fuchsel,4. Erik Marks, 5. Michael Poppmeier (captain), 6. Kehoma Brenner, 7. Jacobus Otto, 8. Jarrid Els.

Replacements: 16: Jorn Schroeder, 17. Anthony Dickinson, 18. Timo Vollenkemper, 19. Dasch Barber, 20. Mark Sztyndera, 21. Sean Armstrong, 22. Jamie Murphy, 23. Marcel Henn;