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Africa Gold Cup: The story so far
By Eric Njiru | Mon 02 Jul, 2018 14:19

2018 Africa Gold Cup has seen three rounds with four remaining to go for the next two months. 

All teams have played at least one game with the likes of Morocco and Namibia having played three in what is doubling up as the 2019 World Cup qualifier. 

As it stands, Namibia top the table with 15 points having bagged maximum points from the three matches they have played. They beat Uganda 55-6, Tunisia 118-0 and Morocco 63-7.

Kenya Simbas, who have played two matches, are second with eight points having missed out on bonus wins in both occasions. They saw off Morocco 24-28 and Zimbabwe 45-36.

A bonus point is awarded for winning with three clear tries. 

Morocco and Zimbabwe drew 23-23 in their opening match which saw both sides pick two points and that puts Morocco at position three with three points because they picked a losing point against Kenya. 

Zimbabwe's 45-36 defeat in Nairobi saw them pick no point and sit fourth with two points.

Uganda and Tunisia have played a game each, both losing to Namibia, and have no point. 

Action continues on Saturday, July 7 when Uganda travels to Kenya and Tunisia hosts Zimbabwe before a one-month break to pave way for Sevens World Cup. 

Last round of matches will be on August 18 when Uganda will host Zimbabwe, Morocco head to Tunisia and Namibia host Kenya.

The 2018 Africa Gold Cup winner will be determined at the end of the competition where the team with the most points will bag the Cup and head to Japan 2019 as Africa 1. 

Runners-up, Africa 2, will head to global repechage in November for the last chance to qualify for the World Cup. They will play Canada, the loser of Samoa/Germany and winner of Hong Kong/Cook Islands. 

Africa Gold Cup Standings as of July 2
1.Namibia 15
2.Kenya 8
3.Morocco 3
4.Zimbabwe 2
5.Uganda 0
6.Tunisia 0

Rugby Africa Gold Cup Results, Fixtures

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

Fixtures
7 July 2018
Kenya v Uganda -Quinton Immelman(SARU)
Tunisia v Zimbabwe -Jonathan Dufort(FFR)

4 August 2018
Uganda v Tunisia -Cwengile Jadezweni(SARU)
Zimbabwe v Namibia -Egon Seconds(SARU)

11 August 2018 
Uganda v Morocco -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Kenya v Tunisia -Julian Castaignede(FFR)

18 August 2018
Uganda v Zimbabwe -Egon Seconds(SARU)
Namibia v Kenya -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Tunisia v Morocco -Cedric Marchat(FFR)

Eric Njiru
ericnjiru41@gmail.com 0726205521
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