The Tunisian team on Wednesday night arrived Nairobi for their Rugby Africa Gold Cup match against the Kenya Simbas scheduled for Saturday.
Tunisia is looking to get its campaign back on track after falling to a 7-53 home defeat at the hands of Namibia in the last game. They will be searching for their first-ever win in Nairobi against Simbas who have won the last three outings between the two teams.
Simba Kenya team manager Wangila Simiyu has, however, warned his players to take caution against their unfancied opponents.
“Irrespective of their relegation we respect them. Never underrate anybody, always respect your opponents.”
“We know they are quite strong up front. We want to make sure we deny them the ball and spread them wide. We must capitalise on every advantage we have over them.”
Altitude will play a key role in the tie, according to Simuyu who wants to use pace against the Tunisians.
“Our oxygen here is quite thin for them, they come from a desert country while this is a tropical country.”
“We will, therefore, take advantage and make sure the game is very fast. Definitely, they would like to slow it down because that’s their nature of play.”
Wangila Simiyu has also listed a number of youngsters in the squad to face the Tunisians. He called it a chance for youngsters to gain experience. Kabras Sugar lock George Nyambua and Impala Saracens winger Leo Seje are expected to make their full test debuts on Saturday.
“Our job is to get them on the benches to make sure we expose as much young men as we can because there is danger when you keep on recycling experienced and exposed players.”
“With such a trend, when will the young players get a chance in the team?” he asked.
Simbas, who is without head coach Jerome Paarwaters, sit fourth on the six-team log after the opening two rounds of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup.