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Tunisia host last placed Se...

Tunisia host last placed Senegal in a relegation scrape in Tunis

Tunisia and Senegal are ranked 45 and 51 respectively on the latest World Rugby Rankings.

The North Africans put their destiny in their own hands when they picked up their first points in Harare, a 31 – 23 win over Zimbabwe.

Now they just need to secure a victory against Senegal to complete their recovery after a messy start to the season.

A whole host of senior players who had been on strike in their previous heavy defeats to Namibia and Kenya, returned to steer them to a much needed win that ensures they are in contention for World Cup qualification next year.

There was nothing flashy about the win in Harare but Tunisia were tactically superior and efficient in the way they went about their business at Prince Edward School.

Outside centre Chamseddine Khalifa, who produced a man of the match performance with his accurate goal kicking for a personal haul of 16 points will be looking to provide the same leadership on Saturday.

Their set piece was instrumental; with their scrum causing all sorts of problems for the Zimbabweans.

The restarts, which are becoming more of a set piece in the modern game, were a real weapon for them as they managed to score all 3 tries from this platform.

Senegal who had a bye last week are favourites to get the chop and drop out of the group. They remain winless and only have one losing bonus point to their name, which came against Zimbabwe.

Their last outing was a 45 – 25 defeat to finalists Kenya and although they brought their usual brawn game in that fixture they struggled with the game management aspect. It is difficult to see them upsetting a Tunisia side with senior players back who can play a knock out rugby style when they need to.

They will however need to upset the odds if they are to keep their ambitions of going to Japan in 2019 alive.

Credit : Kyros Sports