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What last weekend’s Gold Cup results mean

After last weekend, ten games have been played in this year’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup, leaving only five games before a winner can be crowned.

In the second game of the weekend, Namibia were 58-28 winners over Zimbabwe and further solidified their claims for another Gold Cup crown leading the table with 20 points, accumulated from 4 wins in 4 games. The closest chaser of the Welwitschias are the Kenyans Simbas who lie 8 points behind the Southern Africans with a game in hand. Namibia’s win was worth only seven hundredths so they remain 23rd with Zimbabwe stationary in 45th in the rankings.

Uganda’s skipper, Asuman mugerwa leading from the front. He scored two tries on the day. Photo : Eric Ndugutse

In Kampala earlier, Uganda eased their relegation fears with a monstrous 67-12 win over North African outfit, the Tunisia Carthage Eagles. Uganda had to overcome an early scare as their visitors got on the board first. Man of Match Phillip Wokorach would later slot in two penalties to give the home side the lead and stability to go forth and score another 61 points by full time. Philip ended the game on 37 points. This victory propelled Uganda from bottom to third, a position originally occupied by Tunisia.Uganda’s victory earned them just over ninth tenths of a rating point, enough to lift them one place to 36th in the World Rugby Rankings and condemn Tunisia to a three-place fall to 43rd.

Tunisia travel to Kenya for their fourth game this year to face a Simbas side that wants to keep the pressure on Namibia. A bonus point win for Kenya this coming weekend will put them on 17 points, only three points behind leaders Namibia, with the two set to collide in Windhoek on the last game day on 18th August.

Rugby Africa Gold Cup Standings

This year’s Gold Cup doubles as the qualifier for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The winner of the Gold Cup is assured of a place in Group B through automatic qualification as Africa 1 alongside defending champions New Zealand, African giants South Africa and Italy. Coincidentally, the winner of the repechage tournament qualifier joins the teams in Group B; and it could be another African team as the runners up of the Gold Cup have a last qualification chance in the repechage tournament.

Gold Cup results thus far:

16 June 2018

Zimbabwe 23 Morocco 23

Namibia 55 Uganda 6

23 June 2018

Namibia 118 Tunisia 0

Morocco 24 Kenya 28

30 June 2018

Kenya 45 Zimbabwe 36

Morocco 7 Namibia 63

7 July 2018

Kenya 38 Uganda 22

Tunisia 18 Zimbabwe 14

4 August 2018

Uganda 67 Tunisia 12

Zimbabwe 28 Namibia 58

 

Gold Cup remaining fixtures:

11 August 2018

Uganda v Morocco

Kenya v Tunisia

18 August 2018

Uganda v Zimbabwe

Namibia v Kenya

Tunisia v Morocco

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