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Simbas maul Dragons in test match

RUGBY By Rodgers Eshitemi | August 28th 2016
Kenya Simbas Rugby team's Tyson Okoth and Mike Partitt (left) of Hongkong 24-11 at Impala grounds on Tuesday night, August 24, 2016. PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

Kenya Simbas completed a double over Hong Kong by thrashing the Dragons 34-10 in the second leg tie of the Tatu City Series International test match, at the RFUEA Grounds yesterday.

This was the second victory for the Jerome Paarwater's side after a selected Kenya "A" team rallied from behind to beat the 22nd ranked Hong Kong 24-18 in their first match on Tuesday night.

The hosts took the lead through instrumental KCB fullback Darwin Mukidza's penalty kick before he converted Joseph Kangethe's try for Kenya to go 10-0 up.

David Ambunya then combined well with man of the match Tony Owour for the Strathmore back-row to extend the lead to 17-0 with a converted try.

Mukidza scored his second penalty of the day before Hong Kong's Matt Roslee kicked over a penalty for the score to read 20-3 at halftime.

Mukidza delivered a fine pass to fly-half Nato Simiyu to ground a third converted try for Kenya before Mukidza scored and converted his own try to make the scores 34-3.

Simon Muniafu was then substituted by Dan Sikuta after sustaining a hand injury as Peter Karia and Captain Brian Nyikuli were replaced by Sammy Warui and Max Adaka respectively.

Tony Onyango paved way for Isaac Adimo before substitute Hugo Stiles scored a first converted try for Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Kenya U19 retained their Rugby Africa Division 1A status after stunning a determined Tunisia 24-17 in a third place-play off in the Under 19 Championships in Windhoek, Namibia, yesterday.

Kenya and Tunisia were relegated to the third-place play off after losing their opening matches to Zimbabwe (27-26) and Namibia (64-0) respectively.

For finishing third, Kenya bagged a bronze medal as Tunisia were relegated back to the Africa Cup U19 1B for the 2017 season.

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