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Preview: Zimbabwe v Morocco (16-06-18)

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup kicks off on Saturday with two matches on the cards.

Zimbabwe get the campaign underway with a clash at home to the unknown quantity that is Morocco while champions Namibia host Uganda in the day’s late kick off.

This year’s competition is of great significance to all six teams competing in the top tier of African Test rugby as the overall winner earns direct qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan in addition to being crowned champions of Africa.

The competition runner-up will proceed to play a repechage tournament later in the year against sides from the Americas, Europe and Asia for the final slot in Japan.

Kenya, champions in 2011 and 2013, enter the fray with an away fixture against Morocco on Saturday, June 23 as Namibia play at home to Tunisia the same day.

Action will come thick and fast over the next two match days, the weekend of Saturday, June 30 seeing Kenya host Zimbabwe as Namibia play their away fixture of the campaign in Morocco.

The curtains fall on the competition on Saturday, August 18 when all six teams will be involved in action. Namibia host Kenya in Windhoek, Tunisia playing Morocco in Monastir while Uganda play Zimbabwe in Harare.

There has been quite the build up to the competition, with teams leaving nothing to chance.

Zimbabwe, Africa’s representatives at the first two editions of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 and 1991, have enlisted the services of former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to lead their quest for a return to the world stage for the first time in close to three decades.

Namibia, winners of the last four Gold Cups in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 will be out to again assert their dominance on the African continent and add to their uninterrupted streak of five Rugby World Cup appearances in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Kenya, who came close to qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, have enlisted the services of New Zealanders Ian Snook and Murray Roulston as they look to emulate their sevens counterparts by representing African on the global stage.

Zimbabwe Form

L Uganda 38-12 Zimbabwe 5th Aug, 2017 African CAR Championship
L Zimbabwe 23-31 Tunisia 29th Jul, 2017 African CAR Championship
L Zimbabwe 22-41 Kenya 22nd Jul, 2017 African CAR Championship
L Namibia 31-26 Zimbabwe 15th Jul, 2017 African CAR Championship
W Senegal 16-28 Zimbabwe 24th Jun, 2017 African CAR Championship

Morocco Form

W Morocco 8-3 Ivory Coast 8th Jul, 2017 African CAR Championship
W Morocco 57-33 Madagascar 5th Jul, 2017 African CAR Championship
W Morocco 53-10 Nigeria 16th Jul, 2016 African CAR Championship
W Morocco 68-3 Mauritius  10th Jul, 2016 African CAR Championship
L Ivory Coast 18-15 Morocco 29th Jun, 2013 African CAR Championship

ZIM (on 47.59 points) at home -vs- MOR (on 48.97 points)

RR WORLD RANKINGS (Points Available)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will ZIM
overtake MOR?
If ZIM win by 1-15 points 0.838 48.43 48.13 Yes
If ZIM win by more than 15 1.257 48.85 47.71 Yes
If result is a draw 0.162 47.43 49.13 No
If MOR win by 1-15 points 1.162 46.43 50.13 No
If MOR win by more than 15 1.743 45.85 50.71 No

Zimbabwe squad 
 15.Katsvere 14.Kumadiro 13.Mashawi 12.Mandivenga 11.Mcnab 10.Tambwera 9.H.Mudariki 1.Mutamangira 2.Makanda 3.F.Mudariki 4.Nyakufaringwa 5.Chipendu 6.Mandiwanza 7.Pritchard 8.Parirenyatwa

16.Mandioma 17.Sipapate 18.Cleminson 19.Nyaude 20.Ndlovu 21.Du Toit 22.Chibuwe 23.Baptista

Rugby Africa Gold Cup fixtures:
Saturday, June 16: Zimbabwe v Morocco, Namibia v Uganda
Saturday, June 23: Namibia v Tunisia, Morocco v Kenya
Saturday, June 30: Kenya v Zimbabwe, Morocco v Namibia
Saturday, July 7: Kenya v Uganda, Tunisia v Zimbabwe
Saturday, August 4: Zimbabwe v Namibia, Uganda v Tunisia
Saturday, August 11: Kenya v Tunisia, Uganda v Morocco
Saturday, August 18: Namibia v Kenya, Uganda v Zimbabwe, Tunisia v Morocco



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