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By Rodgers Eshitemi:

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Monday, November 19, 2018 at 00:01 GMT +3
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Kenya Simba captain Davis Chenge is tackled by Fortunate Chipendo of Zimbabwe Saples during the African Cup of Africa in 2019 on the ground of the RFUEA stadium on Saturday, Kenya won by 45-36 against Zimbabwe. June 30, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Kopondo proud of Simbas' performance, despite the defeat of Hong Kong.

Kenya captain Wilson Kopondo is proud of the performance of the national rugby team despite his dreams in 2019 on Saturday in Marseille, France.

Although disappointed after having wasted a 12-7 lead to lose by 42-27 against Hong Kong, the second loss of the Rugby World Cup Repack after a humiliation of 65-19 for the leaders of Canada, Kopondo found many points positive.

The winner of the four-nation round-robin competition will join the champions of New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Group B of next year's world finals in Japan.

"We've been there for a long time, but we made some bad calls and we let it go," Kopondo told World Rugby .

While Kenya will fight with Germany in a tie in the last round on Friday, the race for 20th place in the final of next year will be announced when Canada (10 points) collide with a rejuvenated second place finisher, Hong Kong.

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And having recovered from a 26 to 19 loss to Germany with a bonus point against Kenya, Hong Kong captain James Cunningham still dreams of qualifying for the World Cup.

"It was a bit scary at first. The Kenyans left very fast and played a great rugby, but we did what we wanted. We knew we had the good form, so we just eliminated and finally got some points on the board at the end of the game, "said Cunningham.

"Having the bonus point still keeps us in this tournament, so that was definitely in our minds, but just getting the win is great for us."

Despite being on pole position to secure the passage of the remaining world cup, Canadian captain Phil Mack said he was under pressure for the match with Germany.

"It was difficult, we knew they would come out strong and we knew they would be a great physicist, so we prepared for that," Mack said.


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