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Mukidza shines as Kenya Simbas roar past Leopards in Curry Cup  

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 4 – Darwin Mukidza displayed a man of the match performance to inspire hosts Kenya Simbas to a 51-35 victory over defending champions Leopards of South Africa as the Curry Cup Division 1 made its debut in Kenya on Saturday.

Mukidza, who turns out for KCB Rugby Club, booted in two penalties and grounded a try to add on the several conversions he scored.

Darwin Mukidza reacts after a kick during their match against the Leopards of South Africa in the Curry up Division 1. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

In total, Simbas went over the whitewash seven times to make their intention of qualifying for the first Rugby World Cup in 2023 well known as they prepare for the Africa qualifiers that start in July.

Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera with players during their match against the Leopards of South Africa in the Curry up Division 1. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

Kenya head coach Paul Odera is using the Curry Cup tournament as a training ground ahead of their first match of the qualifiers where neighbors Uganda awaits in the quarter finals July 2.

If Kenya advances past Uganda, Senegal or Algeria awaits while the other quarter final pairings sees Burkina Faso play Namibia, while Zimbabwe faces Ivory Coast.

 -Leopards tamed-

An oiled Kenyan side dominated the first half that they lead 25-14 thanks to Mukidza’s early penalties and a converted try to add on Derrick Ashiundu as well as Dominic Coulson tries.

Simba’s Dominic Coulson in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

In the second half, Simbas started on a high, with Vincent Onyala opening the scoring few minutes after restart before Beldad Ogeta and Eugene Sifuna added more.

Kenya will play Eastern Province Elephants next Saturday at the same venue.

Beldad Ogeta against Leopards of South Africa in the Curry Cup Division 1 match played at the RFUEA Grounds, the first time its being played in Nairobi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA
Beldad Ogeta against Leopards of South Africa in the Curry Cup Division 1 match played at the RFUEA Grounds, the first time its being played in Nairobi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA
Kenya Simbas skippers Dan Sikuta eyes the ball against Leopards of South Africa in the Curry Cup Division 1 match played at the RFUEA Grounds, the first time its being played in Nairobi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA
Kenya Rugby Union boss Oduor Gangla following the Curry Cup match pitting Kenya vs Leopards of South Africa match at the RFUEA Ground. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

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