Simbas Rally To Edge Brazil

Kenya pulled off an 18-17 win away to Brazil in Macapa on Friday 17 June 2016. The hosts raced into an 11-0 lead after a quarter of an hour courtesy of Andre Arruda’s unconverted try after a furious maul and two Leonardo Cecarelli  penalties but the Simbas stayed in the hunt for victory, David Ambunya reacting quickest to the bounce off Isaac Adimo’s restart to attack the space and score under the posts,Darwin Mukidza converting for an 11-7 score.

The match would remain close, Mukidza adding a penalty to bring the Simbas within a point of their hosts, scores 11-10 at this point but Brazil drew a penalty off a Kenyan infringement,Cecarelli successfully going for goal, taking a 14-10 lead into the breather.

Jerome Paarwater’s half time pep time brought out the roar in the Simbas as they played with zeal, confidence and composure,managing to weather the storm even as they lost front row Moses Amusala to the sin bin.

Action from the Brazil-Kenya fixture/Photo/Brasil Rugby
Action from the Brazil-Kenya fixture/Photo/Brasil Rugby

Mukidza would embark on one of his trademark runs after being played in by Edwin Achayo but lost the ball on the tackle as the Simbas pressured the Os Tupis Simeon Muniafu would go over from the rolling maul to see Kenya lead for the first time in this match, the scores 15-14 after 61 minutes before the Brazilians retook the lead with a penalty 12 minutes later courtesy of Cecarelli.

The Simbas were on the ropes but managed to ride the storm before Mukidza slotted home the all important penalty goal to secure the result.

Kenya 15. Vincent Mose, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Nick Barasa, 11. Dennis Muhanji, 10. Isaac Adimo (22 Nato Simiyu), 9. Edwin Achayo, 1. Moses Amusala (17 Joseph Kangethe), 2. Sammy Warui (16 Peter Karia), 3. Curtis Lilako (James Kangethe), 4. Simeon Muniafu, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Mike Okombe (20 Dan Sikuta), 7. Tony Owuor, 8. Brian Nyikuli (captain) Replacements 16. Peter Karia, 17. Joseph Kang’ethe, 18. James Kang’ethe, 19. Eric Kerre, 20.Dan Sikuta, 21. Samson Onsomu, 22. Nato Simiyu, 23. Tony Onyango

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