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05 November 2023 | Rugby

The ultimate game of the 2023 Victoria Cup will be played this evening at Kings Park Arena in Bweyogerere as the Uganda Rugby Cranes battle eternal rivals Kenya Simbas.

Uganda beat Zambia in the first game, winning 30-08 while Kenya registered a 36-12 four days later against the same side.

Uganda and Kenya last met in 2022 in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup in France and the Simbas came out on top.

Today's fixtures will also serve as the first leg of the Elgon Cup, with Kenya hosting the return leg to be played next weekend in Kisumu.

Team News

Uganda's technical team has made four changes to the starting side that defeated Zambia last weekend.

Asuman Mugerwa replaces Collins Kimbowa, sea robbers Moses Ziwa (Openside flank) and Sydney Gongodyo (eighth man) are in to make their debuts and Joseph Oyet is in at right wing for Shakim Ssembusi.

On the opposite side, Reinhard Mwalati, Wilhite Mususi and Walter Okoth are the three changes for the Simbas for the clash with Mwalati and Okoth making their test debuts in this fixture.

Uganda Rugby Cranes

Starting XV: 15. Timothy Kisiga, 14. Joseph Oyet, 13. Michael Wokorach, 12. Eric Mula, 11. Jacob Ocen, 10. Ivan Magomu, 9. Conrad Wanyama, 8. Sydney Gongodyo, 7. Moses Zziwa, 6. Byron Oketayot, 5. Eliphaz Emong, 4. Charles Uhuru, 3. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Faragi Odugo, 1. Santos Ssenteza
Replacements: 16. Nathan Bwambale, 17. Ivan Kabagambe, 18. Saul Kivumbi, 19. Robert Aziku, 20. Frank Kidega, 21. Nicholas Kato, 22. Al Hajj Manano, 23. Liam Walker

Kenya Simbas

Starting XV: 15. Jone Kubu, 14. Joel Inzuga, 13. Bryceson Adaka, 12. Walter Okoth, 11. Alfred Orege, 10. Brian Wahinya, 9. Barry Young, 1. Ephraim Oduor, 2. Teddy Akala,3. Wilhite Mususi, 4. Hibrahim Ayoo, 5. Hillary Odhiambo, 6. George Nyambua (Captain), 7. Reinhard Mwalati, 8. Jeanson Misoga
Replacements: 16. Emmanuel Otieno, 17. Thomas Okidia, 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa, 19. Brian Ndirangu, 20. Peter Waitere, 21. Elkeans Musonye, 22. Dan Ang’wech, 23. Paul Mutsami

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