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2018 Rugby Africa season

The 2018 Rugby Africa season contains a series of rugby union tournaments scheduled for 2018 and organised by the governing body of rugby union in Africa, Rugby Africa. The top-tier event is the Rugby Africa Gold Cup – formerly simply known as the Africa Cup – a six-team competition which was played on a round-robin basis from May to August 2018.

2018 Rugby Africa seasons
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Location of teams in the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold, Silver and Bronze Cups
Gold pog.svg Gold Cup
Black pog.svg Silver Cup
Orange pog.svg Bronze Cup

TeamsEdit

The following teams will take part in the 2018 Rugby Africa season.

Rankings are taken from the start of each division[1]

Gold Cup Silver Cup Bronze Cup
Team 2017 position WR Rank Team 2017 position WR Rank Team 2017 position WR Rank
  Kenya 2nd Gold Cup 28   Algeria 1st Bronze Cup N/A   Ghana 1st RC West 1 93
  Morocco 1st Silver Cup 38   Botswana 4th Silver Cup 67   Lesotho 1st RC South N/A
  Namibia 1st Gold Cup 24   Ivory Coast 2nd Silver Cup 50   Mauritius 4th Bronze Cup 90
  Tunisia 4th Gold Cup 42   Madagascar 3rd Silver Cup 46   Rwanda 3rd Bronze Cup 91
  Uganda 3rd Gold Cup 37   Senegal 6th Gold Cup 49
  Zimbabwe 5th Gold Cup 44   Zambia 2nd Bronze Cup 78

Gold CupEdit

2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
CountriesKenya
Morocco
Namibia
Tunisia
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Date16 June – 18 August 2018
← 2017
2019 →

The 2018 edition of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup will be played by the national teams of Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Tunisia. The competition will be played in a league format with 15 home or away matches (dependent on their 2017 league position) between the 16th of June and the 18th of August 2018. Points accumulated for the 2018 edition are as follows:[2]

Victory: 4 points + 1 bonus point for winning by three tries or more.
Draw: 2 points
Loss: 0 point + 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points or less

This year's edition also doubles as qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The first place team will qualify for the World Cup directly, while the 2nd place team will qualify for the Repechage competition. All others will be eliminated from World Cup contention.

StandingsEdit

Standings for the Gold Cup are:

2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Namibia 5 5 0 0 347 69 +278 5 25
2   Kenya 5 4 0 1 206 135 +71 1 17
3   Uganda 5 2 0 3 160 172 -12 1 9
4   Tunisia 5 2 0 3 66 279 -213 3 9
5   Zimbabwe 5 1 1 3 139 162 -23 3 8
6   Morocco 5 0 1 4 99 197 -98 1 3
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

MatchesEdit

Silver CupEdit

2018 Rugby Africa Silver Cup
CountriesAlgeria
Botswana
Ivory Coast
Madagascar
Senegal
Zambia
Date8 July - 25 August 2018
← 2017
2019 →

Unlike the 2017 edition, the 2018 Silver Cup will be split into two groups of 3 teams each. By beating Zambia 31-0, Algeria won the competition and will automatically join the Gold Cup alongside Zambia. [3]

Group NorthEdit

Standings

2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Algeria 2 2 0 0 45 31 +14 2 10
2   Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 38 44 -6 0 4
3   Senegal 2 0 0 2 39 47 -8 2 2
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

Matches

Group SouthEdit

Standings

2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Zambia 2 2 0 0 63 42 +21 1 9
2   Madagascar 2 1 0 1 93 49 +44 2 6
3   Botswana 2 0 0 2 31 96 -65 0 0
* Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, Pts = Log Points.

Matches

FinalEdit

Bronze CupEdit

2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup
CountriesGhana
Lesotho
Mauritius
Rwanda
Date9–12 May 2018
Champions  Ghana (1st title)
Runners-up  Mauritius
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The 2018 Bronze Cup was contested as a single elimination bracket with 4 teams.[5]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
9 May 2018 - 13:00
 
 
  Ghana57
 
12 May 2018 - 15:00
 
  Rwanda0
 
  Ghana 23
 
9 May 2018 - 15:00
 
  Mauritius 17
 
  Mauritius49
 
 
  Lesotho16
 
Third place play-off
 
 
12 May 2018 - 13:00
 
 
  Rwanda32
 
 
  Lesotho 22

MatchesEdit

Semi-Finals

3rd Place Match

Final

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru#!
  2. ^ http://www.rugbyafrique.com/gold-cup/gold-cup-2018/
  3. ^ http://www.rugbyafrique.com/silver-cup/silver-cup-2018/
  4. ^ "Zambia rugby Silver Cup preps intensify". CNBCafrica.com (Press release). 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.rugbyafrique.com/bronze-cup/bronze-cup-2018/