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Kabras wallop helpless Bulls as Impala emerge top in derby

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Kabras Sugar demolished Western Bulls 47-00 to get a bonus point in the Kenya Cup match round seven played at the Bull Ring ground in Kakamega on Saturday.

South Africa’s Henry Du Plessis got the bragging rights of the western derby as Kabras scored seven tries converting six against Solomon Obiero charges who were unable to score even a single try.

South Africa’s Dukisa Mtabeni scored two tries while Fijian Timoci Sinaite, Eugene Sifuna, William Diffu and Hillary Mwajilwa scored a try each for last year’s runners up.

Kabras’ Eugene Sifuna got the ball from the line out squeezing himself through Bull’s defence to score the first try of the match with Kevin Keegan converting it for a 7-0 lead in the 15th minute.

Fijian Timoci Sinaite stole the ball in the 22 metres line running all the way under the posts to score Kabras second try with Keegan converting it to make it 14-00.

Keegan got a successful run after a maul in the 30 minutes but South Africa’s Dukisa Mtabeni found himself offside the rack giving away the ball to their opponents.

Kabras flanker William Diffu won the ball after a one-two play from Sifuna, Dukisa scoring the third try for Kabras, Dukisa converting it to make it 21-00 at halftime.

Hillary Mwajilwa started on high for the home side at the second half scoring the fourth try after a well played maul from his side; Dukisa doing what he loves most converting it to make it 28-00; giving the home team a bonus point.

Husman Mugerwa and Ephraim Oduor came in for Joseph Odero and Hillary Mwajilwa in the 53rd minute giving Kabras more energy.

Second row Brian Juma gave Kabras the fifth try in the 62rd minute after winning the ball in the line out with Dukisa missing the extras to make it 33-00.

Kenya international Brian Tanga came in for Barry Robinson to bring in more aggression and pace for Kabras.

Bulls Collins Ogutu was sin-binned in the 67th minute after a bad foul giving Kabras a scrum that resulted to Kabras sixth try this time Dukisa scoring his first try of the match Keegan adding the extras to make it 40-00.

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Dukisa scored Kabras seventh try and his second of the game after a defensive blunder from Bull’s defence with Tanga converting it to make it 47-00 at full time.

Elsewhere, Resolution Impala Saracens got the bragging rights of the Ngong road derby winning 27- 19 against Kenya Harlequins while KCB RFC were victorious 29-15 against Stanbic Mwamba.

Nondescripts came out of relaxation zone after they defeated Top Fry Nakuru 31-22 while Menengai Oilers won away 25-15 against varsity side Blak Blad.

Kisumu RFC continued with their poor run of performance after they were whitewashed 53-3 by Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

COLLATED RESULTS

Resolution Impala vs Kenya Harlequins 27-19

Kabras Sugar vs Western Bulls 47-0

Stanbic Mwamba vs KCB 15-29

Nondescripts vs Top Fry Nakuru 31-22

Blakblad vs Menengai Oilers 15-25

Kisumu vs Homeboyz 3-53




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Europe beckons for South African rugby after Kiwi snub

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 20World Cup-winning Springbok Schalk Brits believes the future of South African rugby lies in Europe after New Zealand said there was no room for sides from the republic in Super Rugby.

“All of this jet lag and flying across different time zones just does not work,” said the hooker who retired after the triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign.

“We have got so many South Africans playing in Europe and it would be awesome to see them in action here for European clubs.”

With New Zealand favouring a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux will address the media Tuesday about the way forward.

There has been no rugby in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 5,033 lives by late Sunday, the most in an African country.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the possibilities for the world champions Springboks and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

Rugby Championship

There has been speculation that the six-round annual tournament will be cut to four matches with New Zealand and Australia playing in South Africa only every second year.

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That would be a huge blow for SA Rugby coffers as the century-old rivalry with the All Blacks makes them a huge drawcard.

South Africa might consider abandoning the Championship and pursuing a suggestion by former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson for three-Test tours between the great rivals.

“British and Irish Lions tours are so successful because we look forward to them,” noted another ex-All Black, John Kirwan. The same could be said of an All Blacks-Springboks series.

‘Seven Nations’

Should South African franchises move north, would the Springboks follow suit and apply to join England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a ‘Seven Nations’ championship?

Having the world champions on board would surely excite the organisers and costs would be greatly reduced if the Springboks played their three away matches on consecutive weekends.

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England, Ireland, France and Wales, in particular, would bring freshness for rugby followers, who have not rushed to the turnstiles for Championship visits by Australia and Argentina.

Ask the SA Rugby treasurer for his ‘dream’ line-up and he would surely say a multi-Test tour by the All Blacks and participation in the ‘Seven Nations’.

Super Rugby

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Although not official yet, the reality is that New Zealand want to play some Australian sides and the Pacific Islands in a new competition while excluding South Africa and Argentina.

The original version, a Super 10 between 1993 and 1995, was a superb competition, but constant tinkering and expansion has led to waning interest in a difficult-to-follow event.

Even those supporting the Golden Lions of South Africa could not have derived too much satisfaction from a 94-7 thrashing of Japanese visitors the Sunwolves three years ago.

South Africa sides often battled with time differences in Australasia — New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of the republic — and were weary after four-match tours.

‘Pro16’

Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi says he would welcome Super Rugby ‘rejects’ the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers into an expanded edition.

“The tournament works well but could be even better if we added some South African teams,” he said, referring to a competition that also includes Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams.

But there may be no room for the two current South African Pro14 participants, the Cheetahs and Kings, who have experienced very different fortunes.

While the Cheetahs have been competitive, the Kings won just four of 55 matches in three seasons with some of the losing margins embarrassing.

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Currie Cup

The domestic competition has survived constant format changes to remain the vital ‘nursery’ from which Springboks emerge.

First staged in 1892, it was the bedrock of South African rugby until the dawn of professionalism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As Test and Super Rugby fixtures took up an increasing amount of the season, the Currie Cup often battled for calendar space.

But it survived and this year could feature the four Super Rugby sides plus the Cheetahs, Kings, Griquas and Pumas, if play is possible amid the coronavirus.

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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 13,771 after 418 more infections

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Kenya on Monday reported 418 more Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s tally to 13,771 since the virus was first confirmed on March 13.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman also reported four more deaths, raising the toll to 238. He rectified an earlier report about 19 deaths in a single day, which would have been the highest number ever recorded in Kenya.

The 418 new patients were found following the testing of 2,474 samples in the last 24 hours.

Four hundred and eight of them were Kenyans and 10 foreigners while male patients numbered 263 and female patients 155.

Dr Aman also announced that 494 patients had been discharged, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 5,616.

Of the recovered patients, 465 were under home care and the rest in hospitals.

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