Rugby: Kenyans take valuable lessons from Test Cup defeat

Germans leave Simbas' den unscathed

Kenya Simba Leo Seje is Wrestled down by Els Jarrid and Schroder Jorn of Germany as they fight for ball during Kenya-Germany test encounter at the Kenya Rugby Union ground in Nairobi on Saturday 27/05/17.PHOTO:BONIFACE OKENDO

Kenya Simbas' coach Jerome Paarwater believes the national 15s rugby team will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan despite suffering a 30-29 defeat to visiting Germany in an international test match at the RFUEA Grounds at the weekend.

This was Simbas' first home defeat in four years. Although the South African was disappointed after losing his first home match since 2013, he was happy with the performance of his youthful side.

Newcomers Philip Ikambili, Oscar Simiyu, George Nyambua and Leo Seje Owade made full test debuts.

For most of the Saturday play, Kenya was the dominant side only for Chris Hilsenbeck to snatch away the win with a last gasp drop goal.

However, Paarwater believes his players have learnt some valuable lessons ahead of June 10 Elgon Cup first leg match against Uganda in Kampala.

"We have a lot of new guys coming in the team as we work towards next year's World Cup qualifiers. We need to have enough depth in the squad. I think they will learn by playing quality matches like this," Paarwater told The Standard Sports.

"Yes, the new players stood up to the occasion and I am happy with what I have seen, but we have noticed where to improve ahead of the Uganda match. We just need to put more efforts on our set-pieces."

"Playing against players who were heavier than us wasn't a joke. But I am proud of my defence as it managed to contain the Germans when they mauled or scrummed us."

On his first home defeat, Paarwater said: "It was tough lack. It is my first time, I am losing a game at Ngong Road. It's not good, but we have taken some positive lessons from it."

Next Story
Ronaldo retains FIFA award for world's best player

Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday.

What Gor Mahia need to be the giants they ought to be

I’ll start off by congratulating Gor Mahia for winning their 16th league title. Good work indeed. Winning four league titles in the last five seasons is not just something that can go unappreciated – FANTASTIC.

Boxing Association of Kenya releases new guidelines

From next season, clubs will be required to field at least six players in any National Boxing League tournament to receive financial funding from the Boxing Association of Kenya.

Robert Matano, the conquering lion of local club football

Eight months after suffering a kidney ailment, former Ulinzi coach comes to Leopards' rescue.

It's no laughing matter as KPL fine Gor coach Kerr over misconduct

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr’s celebration of his team’s winning of the Kenyan Premier League was yesterday marred after he was fined and warned for misconduct.

Ronaldo wins 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award

Giroud wins 2017 FIFA Puskas award for goal of the year

More Stories
Kabras Sugar lifts 2017 National Sevens Series title

Kabras Sugar were on Sunday crowned 2017 overall National Sevens Circuit champions despite finishing third at the Dala Sevens, the final round of the season, in Kisumu.

The matches continue today in Kisumu: Dala 7s favourites easily sail through

Kabras, Impala and Homeboyz all made it to quarter-finals.

Rugby: Six teams pull out of Dala Sevens

A week after Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) suspended the 2017 Safari Sevens that was scheduled to be staged in first week of November, six teams have pulled out of Dala Sevens that will begin today at Mamboleo Grounds over the same fears.

Rugby: Kabras are Christie champions after beating Impala Saracens 19-7

Kabras Sugar continued their dominance over Impala by beating the Sarries 19-7 to retain the Christie Sevens tournament at RFUEA Grounds on Sunday.

Top teams qualify for last eight as Mwamba upset series leaders Homeboyz at Christie Sevens

Big shots glide into quarters: Electrifying action on at RFUEA Grounds

National Sevens Circuit resumes with Christie Sevens: Kabras coach demands more from his charges

Cardovillis challenges his side to continue with good run of form after lifting Sepetuka crown.

Rugby: Nakuru RFC set their sights on Christie Sevens

Nakuru RFC are determined to win the Christie Rugby Sevens championships to enhance their chances of winning the national title for the second time since 2015.

Rugby: Johannesburg win rugby title

Defending champions University of Johannesburg (UJ) successfully defended their rugby title yesterday in Maseno after beating United States International University (USIU) 36-14 in the main cup final of the EXP and Kenya University Kings of Rugby Tournament.

Rugby: Safari Sevens postponed owing to political uncertainty

The Safari Sevens tournament has been postponed indefinitely owing to political uncertainty.

Nakuru RFC hopeful of 2017 title

Despite their fifth place on the log and bowing out in the quarterfinals of the Sepetuka Sevens, Nakuru RFC believe they still have a realistic chance of winning the National Sevens Circuit title.