Street-sleeping Zimbabwe fail on the field
WORLD CUP QUALIFYING WRAP: Zimbabwe, after a week in which they slept on the streets of Tunisia in protest against their hosts, failed to deliver on the field.
Tunisian beat Zimbabwe 18-14 in their Gold Cup encounter, a qualifier for the 2019 World Cup.
* In the other match on Saturday Kenya won their third qualifier, when they beat regional rivals Uganda 38-22.
Flyhalf Darwin Mukidza converted all five of Kenya’s tries to give the hosts the edge over a Uganda side which is yet to win a game in the race to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
It was Kenya who started the brighter when wing Jacob Ojee opened the score with an eighth-minute try.
Uganda worked their way into the game when Ivan Masomu unleashed the speedy Philip Wokorach, who side-stepped the lethargic Kenyan defence before touching down near the posts.
The hosts hit back with three tries from skipper Davis Chenge, Samson Onsomu, and former Sevens international Felix Ayange, on his test debut to close the first half 28-5.
Uganda started the second half with a new-found purpose and was gifted with their second try from Ivan Magoma.
The visitors further took full opportunity of a weakened Kenyan side after lock Andrew Chogo was sent off to add two tries before replacement Moses Amusala sealed the game for the hosts with a last-gasp try.
* In the other game Mohamed Mliss scored Tunisia’s opening try,
Tunisia’s lead was shortlived, Lenience Tambwagra score for Zimbabwe – the conversion giving them the lead.
Lenience Tambwagra stretched the lead in the 51st minute with a converted try.
Mohamed Ali Gafsi scored a penalty for Tunisia in the 57th minute, with his teammate Issam Ouerhani adding a converted try four minutes later.
In the final moments, Tunisia secured their victory with a penalty.
Kenya 38 Uganda 22
Tunisia 18 Zimbabwe 14
Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, points scored, points conceded, bonus points, total)
Namibia 3 3 0 0 236 13 3 15
Kenya 3 3 0 0 111 82 0 12
Tunisia 2 1 0 1 18 132 0 4
Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 73 86 1 3
Morocco 3 0 1 2 54 114 1 3
Uganda 2 0 0 2 28 93 0 0