Kenya overran Zimbabwe Sables 61-15 in a Rugby Africa 1A match at the Police ground on Saturday.
At half-time, Kenya led 24-15 from two tries by David Ambunya and one each by Tony Onyango and Dennis Muhanji. Darwin Mukidza landed two conversions.
On resumption, Kenya did not concede any points and added 37 points by scoring six tries. Substitute Dan Sikuta scored two while Muhanji, Edwin Achayo, Maxwell Adaka and Tonny Owuor added one each. Mukidza kicked over a penalty and two conversions.
Initial comments from Harare say the opening was cautious but in the second half, Kenya delivered with an all round performance. The forwards dominated and provided running ball for the backs. “It was a team performance,” our source said.
Dominique Habimana, the Kenya assistant coach attributed the win to a good preparation by the head coach Jerome Paarwater and the urge by the players to win. “The boys really wanted it,” he stated.
After the win, Paarwater said: “Good win, we go for the cup now.”
In this match, what worked well was continuity of play. “We had good continuity and clean ball from the forwards, so the backs could express themselves,” observed Habimana.
The assistant coach explained: “We’re turning the corner in the scrums and the hard work the boys have put in is showing. The lineout was great as an attacking platform and the replacements raised the tempo.”
In the second half, Kenya tightened the defense and worked on cleaning up the ruck area which enabled better continuity. The team leaves for Namibia on Monday afternoon.
Kenya line up against Zimbabwe
15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Nick Barasa, 11. Dennis Muhanji, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Edwin Achayo, 8. Tony Owuor, 7. Mike Okombe, 6. Brian Nyikuli, 5. Simon Muniafu, 4. Erick Kere, 3. Curtis Lilako, 2. Sammy Warui, 1. Moses Amusala.
Replacements: 16. Peter Karia, 17. Joseph Kang’ethe, 18. James Kang’ethe, 19. Dan Sikuta, 20. Max Adaka, 21. Kelvin Masai, 22. Fabian Olando, 23. Innocent Simiyu.