Kenya Simbas travel to Zimbabwe tomorrow hoping for victory against the hosts on Saturday to dethrone Namibia from the summit of the ongoing Africa Rugby Gold Cup and stay in contention for a place in the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup.
Defending champions Namibia, who beat Zimbabwe 31-26 in Windhoek last weekend, top the standings with 14 points, two ahead of Kenya, and therefore, Jerome Paarwater’s charges must upset the Southern Africans at their own backyard to keep their dream alive.
However, Paarwater is concerned by his team’s basic errors that have been evident in their recent matches, including last Saturday’s tie against Senegal which Kenya won 45-25.
“I am glad we got a win which is a positive but I am not happy at how Senegal easily got 25 points yet we had dominated the match. The centre referee also made some questionable calls and ignored some which I thought gave them an advantage.
We now have a task of working on our mistakes before we take on Zimbabwe,” said Paarwater. Senegal were deemed a weaker side but their organisation was a distraction to Kenya’s attacking backline much to the disappointment of the South African tactician.
And with few positives picked from the tie apart from the victory, which earned Kenya five points and a bonus to remain unbeaten, their work is now cut out against a Zimbabwean team, whom they beat 61-15 last year, but is hurting from last week’s defeat to Namibia.