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EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS FALLS TO UoN MEAN MACHINE IN A HEATED SEMIFINAL MATCH

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EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS FALLS TO UON MEAN MACHINE IN A HEATED SEMIFINAL MATCH

Egerton University Wasps (Yellow) and University of Nairobi Mean Machine walk on pitch for Varsity League semifinal 1 hosted by Egerton University. (Photo Credit: JD Photography)

Eighty minutes was not enough for either team to win and book a spot in the final match to be held at RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi. The final match between Egerton University Wasps and UON Mean Machine was a hard fought battle between the two teams as both team sought ways to capitalize any chance to go ahead of their opponents. The match had great plays, tight defensive structures, hard runs, hard tackles and also great environment.

Egerton University Wasps studied the UON attacking structure and built great defense against all Machine moves. The Wasps defended well and contained Machines attack making it hard to score. They also sought to using offense as a defensive structure through holding the ball in well structured phases. The Wasps made 107 phases against 74 phases by UON Mean Machine.

Egerton University later went up in points through a great intercept by their Fly Half who studied Machines line of play and took a great advantage by piercing through the attack intercepting the ball and running for over 60metres to ground the ball. Brian Ndege failing to add the extras, the scores remained 5-0

Egerton Wasps fans went in cheer for their home team as they score against UON Mean Machine. (Photo Credit: JD Photography)

The Machines were awarded a penalty and Trevor Asina did not waste time as he opted for poles quickly. He carefully sunk the ball to take the scores to 5-3. UON Machines were later got in an infringement and Brian Ndeges’ boot found extra points to send the score a try but Festus Shiasi failed to add extras and score went to 8-3. Murimi M. from University of Nairobi made a powerful run to score and take the game to 8-8 just a few minutes before the half time whistle.UON Mean Machine got penalized and Brian Ndege from Wasps did not waste this chance as he slotted in the penalty to take the lead 11-8 at Half Time.

Trevor Asina put UON Mean Machine all square just a few minutes after second half resumed through a great penalty kick. The Machines resorted to great offloads but the Wasps defense was on point. After regular time, the match ended 11-11 and this went to sudden death.

Great defense from both teams, end to end kicking made it hard for either teams to score and this led to no scores. The referee took the game to penalty kick out with 5 players from each side kicking for goal.

Trevor Asina closed the game with a great kick after Egerton University Wasps failed to convert 3 of their kicks with Brian Ndege slotting in one kick only. The penalty shootouts ended 3-1 to UON Mean Machine.

The Machines from Nairobi will meet Kenyatta University next weekend at the RFUEA Grounds, Ngong Road.