Africa’s rugby U20 defending champions Kenya will be looking to replicate their previous good performance when they face Madagascar in the last fixture of this year’s tournament on Sunday .
Chipu as they are commonly known opened their Barthes Trophy campaign with a huge 50-3 win over Senegal on Saturday 26 June 2021
Kenyan Team Manager and former Kenyan International scrum-half Peter Mutai believes the rest the team has had being in camp for almost three weeks will work to their advantage.
“The camp has been good; we have gotten
to be together for the past three weeks. We have worked on our systems and polished the mistakes we made against Senegal and we are now working on a system to take on Madagascar,” says Mutai.
The game on Sunday will be a winner takes it all kind of game and the defending champions are not taking any chances. “We are leaving nothing to chance. Madagascar is better than Senegal so we expect a really tough game. We are really prepared,” added Mutai.
Kenya will be using this tournament as preparation for next year’s Junior World Trophy. There is really no pressure to perform according to the former Kenya International.
Sponsored by the Société Générale, The U20 Barthés Trophy is the only junior tournament in Africa where generally eight national U20 teams compete for the title.
It is held on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.
In 2019, Kenya hosted and won the competition, defeating the then champions Namibia 21-18. The team went on to finish sixth at that year’s World Rugby Junior Trophy tournament in Brazil.