NAIROBI, Kenya- The Kenya Simbas are set to take on East African neighbors and rivals Uganda in the highlight fixture of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday at 3pm local time (+3GMT).
The highly anticipated fixture doubles up as the second leg of the Elgon Cup, with the Simbas holding a 34-16 lead from the first leg in Kampala on Saturday, May 26.
Head coach Ian Snook’s debut victory at the Lugogo Oval in Kampala saw the Simbas inch two spots in the World Rugby Rankings and they will be seeking to put on a similar show in front of their home fans.
This is the Simbas third Gold Cup fixture, having started with a 28-24 win away to Morocco two weeks ago before leaving it late to edge Zimbabwe 45-36 last weekend.
Nothing short of a victory will be expected going into Saturday’s fixture as they look to keep their Rugby World Cup qualification hopes alive and defend the Elgon Cup, that piece of silverware that the two sides have competed for on a home and away basis since 2004.
Uganda’s Cranes began their campaign with a 55-6 loss away to Namibia on the opening day of the Gold Cup and come into this fixture looking to reignite their campaign by posting a first win in Nairobi since that 17-16 Elgon Cup win at the Kasarani Stadium five years ago.
The Simbas are expected to unveil their match-day squad on Thursday morning at the RFUEA Grounds.