Sunday, July 8, 2012

TEST RUGBY IN AFRICA: World Cup Qualifying Africa. CAR Division 1B Playoff

Morocco v Senegal in Antananarivo (WCQ Africa; CAR Division 1B)

Venue: Mahamasina Stadium

Referee: Lesego Legoete (South Africa)

Following their loses on Wednesday, these two teams will be desperate to win this rugby test match. The losing team will drop to CAR Division 1C for 2013. Not only that they will drop out of Rugby World Cup 2015 contention. This is a game you do not want to lose.

I expect the experience of the Moroccans to prevail.

These two teams have never played a rugby test match against each other before.

GWC Rugby Rankings
Africa Cup: Senegal 7th, Morocco 26th
Note: Because the GWC Ranking system deletes a team’s position if they do not compete at test rugby on that table in a calendar year Morocco dropped out in 2011. Following their loss on Wednesday that appear at the table but at the bottom. They need to win today to go above Senegal on the tables for Africa. If they lose they stay at 26th!

IRB Rankings
Morocco 56.11, Senegal 45.24

Prediction: Morocco by 15 points


Squad not available


Senegal Squad

Prop : Yogane Corréa, Capt. (Albi Pro D2), Antoine Laporte (Lavaur F1), Ousmane Ndiaye, Jérémy Fickou (La Seyne F1), Assane Dièye (Requins SEN)
Hooker : Sékou Sakho (Epernay F2), Ciré Sam (Bellegarde F2)
Lock : Mouhamed Samba (Limoges F1), Magnamé Koïta (Limoges F1), Moktar Sougoufara (Bastia F3)
Back row : Oumar Sy (Figeac F2), Charles Preira Ndiaye (Saint Jean d'Angely F2), Aboubakry Signaté (Drancy F2)
Scrum-half : Demba Kane (Bobigny F1), Moussa Magassa (Red Star Honneur)
Fly-half : Steeve Sargos (Vannes F1), Aldric Folliot (Castanet F1), Maxime Boyer (Lannemezan F1), Grégory Déjardin (Monteux F2)
Centre : Victor Biram Samb (Souston Honneur)
Wing : Mouhamadou Diarra (Montauban F1), Moussa Koïta-Gros (Montmélian F2)
Arrière : Ndiogou Sané (Requins SEN), Maxime Perrais (Stade Phoceén F1)

Head Coach : Jean-Marc Foucras
Most of the players are young and were in Top 14/Pro D2 acadamies.

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