This year has been a successful year for the Kenya Simba 15s side after they reclaimed the Elgon Cup on Saturday at the RFUEA grounds with a 93-24 aggregate to register their fourth win this year.
Simbas who have lived to their name have so far registered an 80 percent success rate after winning four of their five matches played this year. Four of the victories have been registered in being away matches.
Focus now shift to the upcoming Hong Kong Test match following the Elgon Cup win. Uganda Rugby Cranes won the annual challenge after beating Kenya 47-45 on aggregate in 2015 to prise the title.
Simbas who finished third in last season’s Africa 1A cup, have already secured a second place in the cup this year after mauling Zimbabwe 61-15 and thereafter beating Uganda in last weekends Elgon Cup-cum-Africa 1A match. Kenya have only registered one loss this year to Namibia, the Africa Cup defending champions and coming back home to beat Uganda has been very motivating for the team that was after dominating Africa 1A.
Kenya assistant coach Dominique Habimana views this season as one of their best after picking three away wins in Uganda, Brazil and Zimbabwe and believes they will as well triumph in their next international test match against Hong Kong here in Nairobi.
“The year is going on well and we want to win at home and maintain that and improve our away record even further from the 75 percent away record success we have so far registered and I believe we are on track to build a foundation to maintain a good world rugby standing,” said Habimana. Habimana foresees the team playing in the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup (RWC) if they keep on grinding the Simba way.
“We are on track to Japan Rugby World Cup come 2019 and from now until that time, we want to be in the middle or up the level of tier two and then go to the world cup and be competitive,” he added.
With their new partnerships from betting firm Sportpesa and Tatu City, the team is now able to acquire necessary resources to boost their play and start building up on a world cup qualifying style of play and resilience worth to watch out for.
Captain Brian Nyikuli who led by example in the match against Uganda at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday, is optimistic that they will serve the same dose to Hong Kong when they meet on August 23 and 27 at the same venue.