By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya rugby 15s head coach Jerome
Paarwater is optimistic that his side can lift the 2017
Rugby Gold Cup on Aug. 5 by beating favourites and title
holders, Namibia in Windhoek.
African led his team popularly known as Simbas (Lions)
to a well-earned but unspectacular 42-21 victory over
Zimbabwe’s Sables in Bulawayo to keep their hopes of
being crowned continental champions for the first time
since 2013 alive.
remain top of the Gold Cup group on 20 points, two ahead
of the Kenyans after coming through unscathed in Kampala
when they ran out 48-24 winners to set a winner takes
all clash on Aug. 5 in Windhoek on the final day of the
2017 top continental 15s showdown.
Simbas are quietly confident of spoiling the part since
after opening their campaign on Jun. 24 with a
morale-sapping 33-33 draw against Uganda; they have
stormed to victories against Tunisia (100-10/July 8) and
Senegal 45-25 (July 15) at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi
before the away victory over the Sables on Saturday.
was about patience and the guys stuck to their guns. We
didn’ t play much rugby in our 22, they forced the play
and we struggled to keep them in their half but we hit
them when it matter most.
not about playing extensive and funny rugby, it was just
to play winning rugby that is sometimes ugly but it was
a good game,” the pleased South African Simbas boss
Paarwater told Kenya Rugby Union media after the game.
many positives, the one negative is I was not happy with
the one on one tackles but I can take the result at the
moment,” Paarwater added.
Justin Newman, who was one of the try scorers for the
table toppers, said Namibia needed to win the match to
avoid unnecessary pressure in the Gold Cup title decider
Kenya next which is one of the top sides in the
continent. Victory today (Saturday) sets up good
atmosphere before the final,” Newman said ahead of the
winner-takes-it-all meeting with the Simbas.
notched three tries, three conversions and a penalty as
Namibia got seven five-pointers, a penalty and five
conversions to round their fifth straight victory on the
the 2018 Gold Cup will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World
Cup in England.