Saturday, July 9, 2011

AFRICAN TEST RUGBY: Uganda Face Kenya in Nairobi

Uganda v Kenya in Nairobi (Victoria Cup; Elgon Cup)



Both teams have recently been on the receiving end of defeats by a resurgent Zimbabwe. Last weekend Uganda lost 21-49 and two weeks ago Kenya lost 24-42, both in Zimbabwe. This should give a fairly accurate indication of the form of both teams.

Uganda has the advantage of more game time. They have played two extra test matches, losing 15-25 to Zimbabwe at home in mid June in a Victoria Cup and CAR Division 1B match, and then defeated Madagascar 58-30 a few days later, also at home.

Kenya has the home ground advantage. They are also the holder of the Elgon Cup, which is also up for grabs. They have also a good record against Uganda since 2008.

Without knowing the squad lists it is difficult to gauge the strength of todays teams.

Last Five Encounters
10.07.2010 Kenya 21-5 in Nairobi (Victoria Cup, Elgon Cup)
03.07.2010 Kenya 33-25 in Kampala (Victoria Cup, Elgon Cup)
19.08.2009 Uganda 18-13 in Kampala (Elgon Cup)
15.08.2009 Kenya 30-22 in Nairobi (Elgon Cup)
16.08.2008 Kenya 39-20 in Nairobi (Elgon Cup)

Uganda last won against Kenya in Nairobi in 2006, winning 22-20.

Previous Winners of the Elgon Cup

GWC Rugby Rankings
Africa Table-Kenya 6th, Uganda 7th

IRB Ranking Points
Kenya 51.21, Uganda 46.88

Prediction: Kenya by 8 points

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