Following the success of the Kenya sevens in the recent past, rugby has a good rep in the 254 at the moment. The fans are turning up in droves for “rudge” games. The Seven’s series is happening now and coming weekend the action is in Kisumu city. But the 15’s rugby doesn’t get much shine as they ought to so they are out to prove a point. The Simba team is on the rise and they are calling for support from the fans and relevant stakeholders.
Simba hosted The Hong Kong dragons at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday afternoon. In their last assignment for 2016, they sort to climb up the world rankings by beating the dragons at their home turf. It was a world ranking test match between Kenya and Hong Kong. Momentum was high and a slogan “Simba Ni Moja” was the magnet to get fans to come out and motivate the team. Kenya Simbas did put up a magnificent play as they mauled the dragons 34-10 by the final whistle. First on the score sheet was Darwin Mukidza on a penalty. He later converted a try by Joseph Kangethe to get the score to 10-0 in the early stages of the match. Tony Owuor touched down for another 5 points with Mukidza converting it and later grabbing an extra penalty totaling the points to 17-0. The teams went to first half break at 20-3 with Matt Roslee grabbing the three for Dragons.
Simba furthered their lead in the second half courtesy of Nato Simiyu. Mukidza made a try and a conversion to make the points stand at 34-3. Mukidza was flawless on all his spot conversion kicks to goal. The Dragons managed to pull a try and conversion from a Debutant Higo stiles and Roslee in that order. It was a sweet revenge for team Simba as 3 years ago they were beaten 44-17 by the dragons. This time they showed up with 4 Solid tries and the chants were high, “Usione simba amenyeshewa ukadhani ni paka”.
The game had so much support from corporates such as Telecom giant Safaricom, the betting gurus Sportpesa and Tusker were on board as well. With this corporates providing equipping the team with what is required, Simba team might be a force to reckon in the near future. The fans were phenomenal on the stands as well creating a favorable aura for the Simba to roar on the pitch.