Nairobi – Kenya won their third Rugby World Cup qualifier when they beat regional rivals Uganda 38-22 in Nairobi on Saturday.
Fly-half Darwin Mukidza converted all five of Kenya’s tries to give the hosts the edge over a Uganda side which are yet to win a game in the race to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
It was Kenya who started the brighter when winger Jacob Ojee opened the score with an eighth minute try.
Uganda worked their way into the game when Ivan Masomu unleashed the speedy Philip Wokorach, who side-stepped the lethargic Kenyan defence before touching down near the posts.
The hosts hit back with three tries from skipper Davis Chenge, Samson Onsomu, and ormer Sevens international Felix Ayange, on his test debut to close the first half 28-5.
Uganda started the second half with a new-found purpose and were gifted with their second try from Ivan Magoma.
The visitors further took full opportunity of a weakened Kenyan side after lock Andrew Chogo was sent off to add two tries before replacement Moses Amusala sealed the game for the hosts with a last-gasp try.
MORE MISERY FOR PETER DE VILLIERS’ ZIMBABWE
Meanwhile Zimbabwe, who are coached by former Springbok boss Peter de Villiers, went down 18-14 to Tunisia in Beja.
Zimbabwe’s preparations had been disrupted in the week after the team slept on the streets, presumably because they were unhappy with the conditions of the hotel provided by the Tunisian rugby union.
Collated 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying results on Saturday:
Kenya 38 Uganda 22
At Beja, Tunisia
Tunisia 18 Zimbabwe 14
Byes: Morocco, Namibia
Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, points scored, points conceded, bonus points, total):
Namibia 3 3 0 0 236 13 3 15
Kenya 3 3 0 0 111 82 0 12
Tunisia 2 1 0 1 18 132 0 4
Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 73 86 1 3
Morocco 3 0 1 2 54 114 1 3
Uganda 2 0 0 2 28 93 0 0
Point allocation: 4 – win, 2 – draw, 1 – losing by less than eight points or scoring at least three tries more than opponents
Uganda v Tunisia, Zimbabwe v Namibia
Note: team finishing first qualify; runners-up into repechage tournament
Play-off, second leg
At Hong Kong
Hong Kong 51 Cook Islands 0
– Hong Kong win 77-3 on aggregate and qualify for repechage
Note: Canada and Hong Kong have qualified for round-robin repechage tournament in France during November and will be joined by Germany/Samoa losers and Africa runners-up
Rugby World Cup draw
Ireland, Scotland, Japan (hosts), Russia, Germany/Samoa winners
New Zealand (holders), South Africa, Italy, Africa winners, repechage winners
England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga
Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay