Victoria Cup (rugby union)

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This article is about the African rugby union competition. For other uses, see Victoria Cup.
Victoria Cup (rugby union)
Current season, competition or edition:
2012 Victoria Cup
Victoria Cup Logo.png
Victoria Cup 2010 Logo
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2010
No. of teams 3
Country  Kenya
 Uganda
 Zimbabwe
Most recent champion(s)  Zimbabwe
TV partner(s) South Africa Supersport
Related competitions Elgon Cup

The Victoria Cup is a rugby union competition in Africa. Three teams, Kenya, Uganda (The Rugby Cranes) and Zimbabwe (The Sables) compete for this Cup in a format similar to that of the Tri Nations. The competition is administered by Confederation of African Rugby (CAR).

Just as the Bledisloe Cup (Australia and New Zealand), Freedom Cup (New Zealand and South Africa) and Mandela Challenge Plate (Australia and South Africa) have been subsumed into the Tri Nations and as the Calcutta Cup (England and Scotland) is now part of the Six Nations, so the pre-existing Elgon Cup between Kenya and Uganda will, from now on, be played for within this new competition.

The competition is well named; two of the competing nations include part of Lake Victoria within their borders whilst the other can claim Victoria Falls as one of its major geographical features.[a][b] The name also looks to the future; Zambia could possibly be included if the quality of rugby in that country could be raised to its 1960/70's level (Zambia shares the Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe) and Tanzania are also making progress in their domestic competition (Tanzania is the other country that shares Lake Victoria).

Competition Format[edit]

Basic structure[edit]

Each team plays each other team twice, one at home and one away; points are awarded to each team after each match depending on the result. The winner of the competition is the team with the most points after all six matches have been played. If teams end level on points the first tiebreaker is points difference, followed by number of tries during the series. If teams are still level, then the competition will be shared.

The basic points system is four points for a win, two points for a draw and zero points for a loss. Bonus points may also be earned in any match; the Attacking bonus point is earned by scoring four or more tries in the match (regardless of the final result) and the Defending bonus point for losing by seven points or less. Thus a winning team will earn either four or five points, a losing team will collect between zero and two points and a draw can earn either two or three points .

Points[edit]

Match outcome Points earned TOTAL
Win having scored four or more tries 4 points + 1 bonus
5
Win without scoring four tries 4 points
4
Draw while scoring four or more tries 2 points + 1 bonus
3
Draw without scoring four tries 2 points
2
Lose by seven points or less having scored four or more tries 0 points + 2 bonus
2
Lose by seven points or less 0 points + 1 bonus
1
Lose having scored four or more tries 0 points + 1 bonus
1
Lose by more than seven points 0 points
0

History of Competition between the nations[edit]

The countries that play in the Victoria Cup
Other rugby playing countries in the region that may be invited to expand the competition

There is a long history of encounters between Kenya and Uganda dating back even before the first official meeting between the two sides in 1958. Frequent but irregular matches have been played between Uganda and Kenya since the early 1930s. The list below is therefore very far from complete in regard to these two nations.

Matches between Zimbabwe and the other two nations are a much more recent innovation, Zimbabwe first playing the Kenya national side at the end of their tour to Kenya in 1981. Their first match against Uganda was in 2002 when Uganda travelled to Zimbabwe to play a game as part of the host nations warm-up for its qualifying games for the 2003 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Australia. It was to be the first time that the Zimbabwean selectors could mix their locally-based amateur players with professionals based abroad.

Based on the information below one would expect Zimbabwe to be by far the more powerful side, followed by Kenya and trailing a distant third, Uganda. However the state of rugby in the three countries has changed since the majority of these fixtures were played. Zimbabwe have been in a long shallow state of decline since the halcyon days when Southern Rhodesia were a match for some of the best British Lions touring sides of the mid 20th Century; political unrest has led to a decline in the domestic game and also the exodus of many of the better players seeking greener pastures in the professional leagues of neighbouring South Africa. Rugby in Uganda similarly suffered during the reign of Idi Amin, despite the fact that he was a keen rugby player himself, but recent years have seen a solid growth of the game at all levels. Unlike Kenya, Uganda have focussed on the 15-a-side version of the game; Kenya's recent international success at seven-a-side rugby has led to a slight decline in the full version of the game.

The IRB World rankings at the beginning of the 2010 tournament saw the teams remarkably closely matched; Zimbabwe were ranked 47th in the world with 46.91 points, Kenya were 44th with 49.68 points and Uganda were just one place ahead at 43rd with 49.71 points, placing the three teams 5th, 6th and 7th in Africa.

Table of Previous Encounters between the Countries[edit]

Date Home Score Visitor Venue Notes
2009-08-29  Uganda
18 – 13
Kenya  Kyadondo Grounds, Kampala, Uganda Elgon Cup 2009 Round 2.
2009-08-15  Kenya
30 – 22
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Elgon Cup 2009 Round 1.
2008-08-16  Kenya
39 – 20
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Elgon Cup 2008 Round 2.
2008-05-24  Uganda
20 – 3
Kenya  Kyadondo Grounds, Kampala, Uganda Elgon Cup 2008 Round 1.
2007-09-26  Uganda
24 – 12
Kenya  Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar Semi final of the Africa Cup
2007-08-11  Kenya
33 – 15
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Elgon Cup 2007 Round 2.
2007-05-26  Uganda
29 – 10
Kenya  Kyadondo Grounds, Kampala, Uganda Elgon Cup 2007 Round 1.
2006-08-12  Kenya
20 – 22
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Elgon Cup 2006 Round 2.
2006-05-13  Uganda
7 – 7
Kenya  Kyadondo Grounds, Kampala, Uganda Elgon Cup 2006 Round 1.
2005-08-27  Uganda
5 – 13
Zimbabwe  Kampala Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Championship, Division 1, Pool A
2005-08-20  Uganda
20 – 9
Zimbabwe  Kampala RWC Qualifier, Africa, Round 1B, Playoff 2nd leg
2005-08-06  Zimbabwe
22 – 16
Uganda  Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe RWC Qualifier, Africa, Round 1B, Playoff 1st leg
2005-06-25  Uganda
5 – 8
Kenya 
2004-09-11  Zimbabwe
17 – 0
Uganda  Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe African CAR Championship, Division 1 South, Pool 1
2004-07-31  Kenya
18 – 8
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya
2004-07-24  Zimbabwe
24 – 15
Kenya  Hartsfield Ground, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Friendly, Kenya Tour
2003-07-05  Uganda
25 – 3
Zimbabwe  Kampala African CAR Championship, Division 1, Pool B
2003-06-14  Uganda
21 – 22
Kenya 
2003-05-25  Kenya
32 – 24
Zimbabwe  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Friendly, Zimbabwe tour
2002-10-05  Kenya
22 – 31
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya
2002-09-28  Kenya
19 – 12
Zimbabwe  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Kenya Airways Cup
2002-07-21  Uganda
8 – 12
Kenya 
2002-05-18  Zimbabwe
43 – 0
Uganda  Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe Friendly, Uganda tour. First match between these two nations. Used by Zimbabwe as warm up for RWC qualifying.[1]
2001-09-29  Kenya
44 – 17
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya
2001-07-28  Kenya
12 – 9
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya
1997-08-23  Kenya
65 – 8
Uganda  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya
1993-07-03  Kenya
7 – 42
Zimbabwe  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya RWC Qualifier, Africa, Round 1, Group 2. Match Report[2]
1989-08-13  Kenya
9 – 56
Zimbabwe  Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe Friendly, Kenya Tour. Score was 6 – 22 at half-time.
1987-08-07  Kenya
12 – 44
Zimbabwe  Nairobi Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Championship. Score was 3 – 26 at half-time.
1985-05-01  Zimbabwe
15 – 13
Kenya  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Friendly, Zimbabwe tour.
1982-03-27  Zimbabwe
15 – 12
KenyaEast Africa Sailsbury Sports Club, Sailsbury, Zimbabwe Match was between Zimbabwe and East Africa (not Kenya) on their Seventh Tuskers Tour to Zambia and Zimbabwe. See Note[c] Sailsbury had not yet been renamed as Harare.
1981-05-23  Kenya
24 – 34
Zimbabwe  RFUEA Ground, Nairobi, Kenya Friendly, Zimbabwe tour. First match between these two nations.
 Kenya
 Uganda
Uganda Uganda
Kenya Kenya
Uganda 
Kenya 
Kenya Kenya
Uganda Uganda
Between 1960 and 1980 there were frequent but irregular matches between Kenya and Uganda; records of the results of these matches may not have survived.
1958-05-24 Uganda Uganda
11 – 21
Kenya Kenya Kampala First official match between these 'nations' although at the time they were regarded as 'districts' within the British Empire.

Notes[edit]

a. ^ Lake Victoria and the Victoria Falls are not connected contrary to some reports.[3] The only major river that flows out of Lake Victoria is the River Nile which flows north to the Mediterranean Sea. The Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River which begins in Zambia and runs south and east to empty in the Indian Ocean.

b. ^ Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake it is also the largest tropical lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. While the Victoria Falls are neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest sheet of falling water in the world measuring some 184,500 sq meters.

c. ^ The 1982 match between the Zimbabwe and East Africa is often listed in popular online databases as being Zimbabwe v Kenya. In fact it was played by East Africa on the Seventh Tuskers Tour to Zambia and Zimbabwe. Though this team was almost exclusively (if not entirely) made up of Kenyan players, it is not technically a Kenya v Zimbabwe result. As the Lions is made up of players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so the East Africa team selects players from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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