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Matoka, the man to watch as Kenyan Chipu takes on Madagascar


The Kenya U-19 national rugby team, also known as Chipu, will look to defend their Barthes Cup when they face Madagascar in Sunday’s match at Nyayo National Stadium.

Kenyan full-back Matoka Matoka will be the man to watch as he leads the points standings at the 2021 Barthes U20 Trophy after two rounds of action in Nairobi on June 26 and July 3 respectively.

With a total of 90 points scored in the competition so far, Matoka has 15 points on one try, two conversions and two penalties.

Defending champions Kenya opened their campaign for the Barthes U20 Trophy with a massive 50-3 victory over Senegal on Saturday June 26, 2021 and will look to replicate the same performance when they face Madagascar in the final match of the tournament. of this year.

However, if a winner wins all matches, Chipu will go to that match hoping to show off his physique and dominance against Madagascar in the scheduled match which could be played as a last game for both teams.

Other players looking to oust Matoka from the top scorer rankings are Malagasy Salotra Lucas Rakotomalala and Kenyan duo William Opaka and Tyson Juma. The trio also lead the best try scorers rankings after scoring two tries each.

The Kenya team should however be wary of Madagascar players, namely Erica Bruno Randrianantenaina, Elson Gabriel Nomenjanahary Hasina, Francky Kefu Randriatiana and Alain Alexandre Randriafara who had an impressive tournament and could spoil Chipu’s party.

Chipu has been at camp for three weeks under the experienced technical bench led by KCB RFC head coach Curtis Olago and former Kenya international Peter Mutai who acts as team manager.

Kenya will use this tournament as preparation for next year’s World Junior Trophy while the final standings will be determined after the match.

Initially, the Barthes Cup was to be suspended in 2020 but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in the suspension of all sport-related activities.

The Barthes Trophy is the only certified junior tournament in Africa with eight U-20 national teams competing for silverware.

Chipu hosted the Barthes Cup competition in 2019 and went on to win and qualify for the world junior tournament held in Brazil – placing sixth. The Barthes Cup tournament qualifies for Junior World Rugby.

In 2020, Rugby Africa announced the successful bid of Kenya Rugby to host the Barthes U-20 Trophy, for the next three consecutive years.

Host country Kenya are the defending Barthes Cup champions after beating Namibia 21-18 in the final in Nairobi in April last year.

All of Kenya’s teams will be in action at Nyayo National Stadium with Chipu against Madagascar in the kick-off Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before the senior national team take on Zambia in a win-win game at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday July 11

Kenya v Madagascar – 11h00 (RAC Women)

Kenya U20 v Madagascar U20 – 1:30 p.m. (Barthes U20 Trophy)

Kenya v Zambia – 4:00 p.m. (RAC)

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