Sables’ hopes dashed

JOHANNESBURG - Kenya's rugby team have dashed Zimbabwes hopes of winning the Victoria Cup hopes after their victory over neighbouring Uganda at the weekend.

The Kenyans all but secured the 2010 Victoria Cup by putting in an authoritative display to thrash neighbours Uganda 21-5 at home.

Ham Onsando’s Uganda started the brighter of the two sides, making in-roads into Kenyan territory straight from kick-off, but the home side scored first, lock Tony Mutai picking up Patrice Agunda’s opportunistic punt to play in Nato Simiyu, who touched down. Abuoga converted for a 7-0 lead.

Uganda flanker, Robert Seguya, then broke from a maul deep in Kenya’s half, giving the Rugby Cranes the attacking impetus from which wing Bishop Onen scored in the corner, although Simon Wakabi missed the cnversion.

With the game finely poised, Nato Simiyu reacted quickest to Oscar Ouma’s line out tap and sliced through the Ugandan defence to score his second try and with Moses Kola’s conversion successful the home side led 14-5 at the break.

In the second half Uganda enjoyed much of the possession and territory, camped deep in Kenya’s half, but were unable to score and Kenyan full back Innocent Simiyu punished the Cranes with a massive punt for touch, from which the hosts conjured a try out of nothing: substitute prop Joel Ng’ang’a pounced on a loose ball and broke through several tackles, man of the Match Nato Simiyu was on hand to pick up the ball and release through the hands for his brother and captain Innocent to score close to the posts. Abuoga’s conversion took the scores to 21-5, the final score. The Victoria Cup was initiated this year between the two East African nations and Zimbabwe.

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