2015/16 Yearbook Sport

Rugby

Kenya in Vodacom Cup and World Cup qualifiers

Kenya made a push for a place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the programme laid out by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) management was promising. They enlisted South African, Jerome Paarwater, well before 2014 to build the foundation for players who would take on Kenya’s big rivals including   Namibia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar – for the single slot in the African zone qualifiers.

The three rivals were wary of Kenya’s progress when the country enlisted to play in the South African second-tier provincial championship, the Vodacom Cup. By February 2014, Namibia, seen as Kenya’s biggest threat for the World Cup place, were reportedly squirming in discomfort as Kenya prepared to play their first Vodacom Cup match in Cape Town, South Africa on March 15 against the Eastern Province Kings. The Kenya team known as Tusker Simba XV, shocked pundits by beating the Kings 17-10. However, they lost their subsequent  six matches to finish seventh in the Southern section of the competition.

Coach Paarwaters played down Simbas dismal show on their Vodacom Cup debut, saying their aim was to learn as much as they could as they prepared for the World Cup qualifiers that would be hosted by Madagascar in Antananarivo in June/July 2014.

After eight matches of explosive rugby for Tusker Simba XV, the verdict was that they had gained tremendous ammunition for the World Cup qualifying matches.

Paarwater gave every member of the Simba a chance to play and learn.

Even up to the last match—against Toyota Free State XV in Bloemfontein, Nakuru’s hooker Sammy Warui got his first taste of the Vodacom Cup, becoming a starter after arriving at the team base in Cape Town two weeks before. T

wo players had to return home earlier than scheduled due to different personal issues. Skipper Wilson K’Opondo had work commitment while Lyle Asiligwa’s mother fell ill.

Tusker Simba XV v Toyota Free State XV

Saturday, April 23, 2014:

TEAM:
  1. Tony Onyango – (Strathmore University):
  2. Leonard Mugaisi – (Homeboyz)
  3. Fabian Olando – (KCB)
  4. Austin Gumo – (Homeboyz)
  5. Dennis Muhanji – (Harlequins):
  6. Kenny Andola – (Strathmore University)
  7. Edwin Achayo – (Harlequins):
  8. Moses Amusala – (KCB)
  9. Sammy Warui – (Nakuru)
  10. James Kang’ethe – (Nondescripts):
  11. Oliver Mang’eni – (KCB)
  12. Emmanuel Mavala – (Homeboyz) :
  13. Brian Nyikuli, captain – (Strathmore University)
  14. Davis Chenge – (Western Bulls)
  15. Martin Owila – (Nakuru)

 Replacements:

  1. Edward Oseko – (Harlequins)
  2. Curtis Lilako – (KCB)
  3. Ronny Mwenesi – (Nondescripts)
  4. Maxwell Adaka Kangu – (Harlequins)
  5. Robert Aringo – (Impala)
  6. Eden Agero – (Harlequins)
  7. Nick Barasa – (Harlequins)

Head coach – Jerome Paarwater (South Africa)

After the Vodacom Cup expedition, Kenya prepared for the World Cup campaign with a home match in Nairobi, narrowly lost against a (South African) Western Province team.

This preparation helped them in the 2014 Africa Cup (World Cup qualifier) as they won their first two games, beating both Madagascar and Namibia, only to lose to Zimbabwe on the last match day.

Kenya finished third on point difference.

In 2015, they played a European team for the first time since the East Africa sides of the 1970s and 1980s, defeating Portugal 41-15.

2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying results:

28 June 2014

Kenya  29 – 22 Namibia

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

28 June 2014

Zimbabwe  57 – 22  Madagascar

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

2 July 2014

Zimbabwe  20 – 24 Namibia

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

2 July 2014

Kenya  34 – 0 Madagascar

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

6 July 2014

Kenya  10 – 28  Zimbabwe

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

6 July 2014

Madagascar  10 – 89   Namibia

Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar

2015 rugby internationals:

May 30, 2015

Kenya      41 – 15      Portugal

RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya

July 18, 2015

Kenya  36 – 27  Spain

RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya

Elgon Cup 2015

June 13, 2013

Kenya   ‘A’  20 – 17 Uganda

RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya

June 20, 2015

Uganda  30 – 25 Kenya ‘A’

Legends Rugby Grounds, Kampala, Uganda

Africa Cup 2015

June 13, 2015

Zimbabwe  28 – 20 Kenya

Jubilee Field, Harare, Zimbabwe

June 28, 2015

Kenya  46 – 15  Tunisia

RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya

Aug 8, 2015

Namibia  46 – 13  Kenya

Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium, Windhoek, Namibia