Rwanda won the Africa Rugby Conferation (CAR) Trophy for Central Africa countries by beating Burundi 39-13 at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali Rwanda on Wednesday, November 24.
It was a contest between the two neighbours after the Democratic Republic of Congo twice delayed heir arrival and eventually failed to travel to the Rwanda capital.
Tournament director, Mike Mwanja from the Kenya Rugby Union said the event was delayed by a day and fixtures changed to accommodate a late arrival by DRC.
The hosts scored six tries two of which were converted. They led 22-3 at half time. Kevin Makmot scored as try in the seventh minute and Eric Mbarushimana added the seond sis minutes later. It was converted by Makmot. Lucien Bugamba added a penalty in the 15th minute as Rwanda led 15-0.
There was a lull before both teams exploded in the last two minutes when Emmanuel Mbinzi put over a penalty for Burundi in the 39th minute and Vincent Kamali scored a try for Rwanda just before the break.
In the second half. Didier Kamanzi stretched Rwanda’s lead by scoring a try in the 42nd minute. Bugamba converted. Mbinzi then put over a penalty in the 63rd minute for Burundi.
They followed this initiative with a try by Pierre Hakizimana. Mbinzi converted but Rwanda roared back with two tries in the tying minutes. Moise Hassan barged over in the 74th minute and Moise Habugisha in the 80th.