NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya national 15’s rugby star Darwin Mukidza has appealed to his teammates to push for further bigger victories following their 45-25 win over Senegal in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup on Saturday.
The Kenya Commercial Bank full back hopes the squad can push their performances to the level that saw them crush Tunisia 100-10 a week earlier.
“I know we can do it and that is why I’m calling for better displays in the coming games,” said the player.
The result left Kenya second in the 2017 Gold Cup standings with 13 points, two behind champions and leaders Namibia who were made to sweat at home before securing a 31-26 victory over Zimbabwe.
Uganda hammered the hapless Tunisians 78-17 in Kampala to remain third on 11 with the Kenya Simba XVs travelling to Harare to face Zimbabwe next weekend.
At the RFUEA in Nairobi, Kenya were stunned when Steve Sargos put Senegal ahead with an early penalty with Mukidza admitting the got off the blocks slowly as compared to their rampaging start against Tunisia.
“I think their (Senegal’s) physical supremacy necessitated the need for a more defensive approach for the better part of the match, but I think we could have done more” said the player who scored the first try for Simbas.
After the first five-pointer, Mukidza pushed on for a jaw-dropping display to get a second, selling an audacious dummy that split apart the Senegalese defense before racing clear to touch down.
Mukidza added an early injury to Jacob Ojee, who was replaced by Dennis Muhanji, might have affected the run of play but hailed the substitute for giving a good account of himself.
Muhanji crossed the Senegalese whitewash before Mukidza converted for a 24-10 half time score.