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Kenya beats Zimbabwe to lift Barthes U20 rugby trophy

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The National U20 rugby team, Chipu, beat Zimbabwe 28-13 to reclaim the Barthes Under 20 rugby title at Harare Sports Club,Harare,Zimbabwe

The victory sees Chipu qualify for the World Rugby U20 Trophy which will be held in July in Scotland.

Playing at Home Zimbabwe went into the lead after  Tawana Nyashabwane scored off the rolling maul for their opening try after eleven minutes of play before Edward Sigauke touched down, pouncing on the bounce from Benoni Nkhairo’s chip to put Zimbabwe 10-0 up.

Even with the scores in Zimbabwe’s favor, it was Chipu dominating their opponents in the forwards and got their first points on the board when Iddo Kuta barged over from a scrum in Zimbabwe’s five. James Olela converted to bring the score to 10-7.

Chipu continued to dominate with Michael Wamalwa landing his fourth try of the tournament as they led for the first time in this match, Olela missing the conversion with the scores at 12-10.

Patrick Wainaina then scored a third try for Chipu, breaking from the base of the scrum to put his side 17-10 up at the interval.

Another Olela penalty after the restart took Chipu 20-10 ahead as Chipu continued to assert their dominance in the forwards.

Nkhario’s penalty brought Zimbabwe to 20-13 but a try from captain Andy Cole Omolo and Philip Okeyo secured the result as Chipu won their third title, having previously won in 2019 and 2021.

, “this game could have gone either way but it went our way. The boys followed the script to the letter. We put in the work on our setpieces, it showed in the match and the results speak for themselves’’, Head Coach Simon Jawichre said.

 

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