Kenya Simbas coach Jerome Paarater has now called on his charges to create history by winning the Africa Gold Cup by beating Namibia in their backyard on Saturday.
It will be winner-takes-all clash in Windhoek after Kenya beat Zimbabwe 41-22 in Bulawayo on Saturday as Namibia crushed Uganda 48-24 in Kampala.
Holders Namibia lead the standings on 20 points with Kenya second on 17. Paarwater said the task will be difficult but has called on the boys to deliver a historic win against the champions.
“It won’t be easy but from what we saw against the Zimbabwe game, we had the resilience and patience to execute a good game plan and we carried the day,” added Paartwter
“It was not about playing extensive and funny rugby, it was just to play winning rugby which is ugly at times ugly but it was a good game.”
The South African tactician observed that work needs to be done on one-on-one tackles.
“We have work to do especially on one-on-one tackles to make sure the attacking player does not get to the advantage line,” said Paarwater.
Kenya outscored the Sables by five tries to three in a demanding contest played in the rugby heartland of Zimbabwe.
Darwin Mukidza booted Kenya ahead with a penalty before scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki, attacking from the base, slit open the Simbas’ defence to touch down with Tich Makwanya converting for a 7-3 Sables lead.
The hosts were enjoying territory and possession, the Simbas reduced to a purr, and largely back-pedaling before hooker Peter Karia’s offload set up Sam Onsomu for a try under the sticks, with Mukidza converting for a 10-7 lead.
The Zims, ever dangerous with ball in hand regained the lead when Takudzwa Kumadiro went over at the right hand corner for his sixth try of the championship as the hosts led 12-10.
The Simbas started to see more of the ball, first electing to find touch after Zimbabwe had been penalized. They kept possession from the ensuing line-out and rolling-maul, Davis Chenge going over with Mukidza’s conversion for a 17-12 lead at the break.
Moses Amusala opened Simbas’ second half account, going over with Mukidza converting to make it 24-12 but the Sables responded through Makwanya’s penalty and Daniel Caspopoulous converted try to come to within two points as they continued to dominate possession.
As was the case in the first half, Simbas were slow to settle into a rhythm but did so, after surviving incessant pressure from the hosts. Substitute Martin Owila scored off the maul, Mukidza converting for a 31-22 score before skipper Wilson K’Opondo exploited static Zims defending, carrying the ball 20 metres to touch down with Mukidza converting.
He closed out the match with a penalty to give Kenya a second consecutive win over the hosts.