Zimbabwe beat Kenya to claim Victoria cup



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Zimbabwe claimed revenge over hosts Kenya when they beat them 26-21 to complete their home and away sweep of the Victoria Cup at the the Nyayo National Stadium Saturday.

The Sables didnt display a great game but took advantage of Kenyas sloppy defending and unnecessary knock-ons to score three easy tries, three penalties and a conversions

Gardner Nechironga capitalised Kenyas lack of cordination in the mid-field to score a brace of tries with outside centre Lloyd Machanjare, adding one as fly-half Tichafara Makwanya converted one to lead 17-10 at intervals. Makwanya would finish it off with the icing on the cake with three penalty convertions in the second half.


Kenya scored one try in each half through eighthman Lawrence Buyachi and Vincent Ongera respectively. Peter Claver-Abuoga managed one convertion and three penaltie

Nonetheless, it was an improvement from thier 24-42 defeat in Harare. The two easy tries by Nechironga caused our stability after starting off well. Our defensive could have lapsed a bit with the centres and the full back not cordinating well, our general defense was fine, said Kenya coach Michael Tank Otieno. Its just that they didnt manage the high balls well with some three knock-ons for turnovers spoiling the party.

Elsewhere, the Wallabies rebounded from their shock loss to Samoa to spectacularly launch their Tri-Nations campaign with a 39-20 win over South Africa in Sydney Saturday.