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The final whistle went off last weekend at the RFUEA marking the end of the Simbas home fixtures.

First off was the adrenaline filled match against Germany in May. The Simbas treated fans to an action filled match which led to a narrow 30-29 win for the Germans.

Kenya’s Oliver Mang’eni claims the line out ball. The Simbas played a 33-33 draw with Uganda in Nairobi/Photo/Chichi Onchiri

Next, the Simbas headed West to beat Uganda’s Cranes 23-18 in their backyard before sharing the spoils in that 33-33 draw in Nairobi a fortnight later. The team’s roar further deafened…and silenced Senegal 45-25, Tunisia, 100-10 and Zimbabwe 41-22 in consequent matches.

Jacob Ojee beats his Tunisian opponent as the Simbas cruised to a 100-10 win on July 8 2017 at the RFUEA Ground in Nairobi/Photo/Eric Onchiri

For all their exertions, the Simbas failed to lift the Rugby Africa Gold Cup trophy home, losing 7-45 to Namibia in the crunch match in Windhoek, second place overall just reward for their 2017 campaign.

Patrice Agunda in action during the 19-19 draw against Hong Kong on Sunday 20 August 2017/Photo/Eric Onchiri

As the curtains fell on the African campaign, the Simbas hosted Hong Kong to a two-test series match in Nairobi. The opening fixture ended in a 19-19 draw before the hosts clinched the series with a win in a match that saw fans jaws twitch,eyes bulge as they watched their favorite team succumb to Hong Kong, 34-43 the full time score.
The Simbas close this phase of their 2017 season at number 27 in the world ranking. Their next matches will be during the Hong Kong Cup of Nations in November where they are set to play against Chile and Russia, fixtures that grant them an opportunity to improve their world ranking.
The Sevens season is back! The season will begin with the National Sevens Circuit where various clubs in the country will battle it out in a bid to clinch the Kenya National Sevens Circuit champions title based on points garnered during the series.

Local teams will be in action over an eight week period as the circuit kicks off this weekend 2nd September in the coastal town of Mombasa with the season finale in October in the lakeside city of Kisumu. It comprises of 6 tournaments that will be held in Mombasa, Nakuru, Ngong, Kisumu and Nairobi.

Players will on the other hand be seeking to shine bright enough to earn selection to Kenyan representative sides at the Safari Sevens that takes place from 3rd to 5th November at the spiritual home of Kenyan rugby; the RFUEA Ground.

Call it a Rugby Overload if you like, but rest assured the action, adrenaline, and SHEREHE (insert Poghie’s voice) is something you- the Fan- cannot afford to miss. Otherwise, you are bound to suffer the real FOMO.

Homeboyz’ Alvin Otieno evades a tackler during the 2016 Prinsloo Sevens final/Photo/OSBKE

Meanwhile, we have our bags packed for a sporty and fun- filled weekend in Mombasa for the Driftwood 7s. Join us!
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Real time updates and memories also found on www.kru.co.ke

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