THE RUCK: KAKAMEGA HIGH, MMUST RUGBY, KABRAS RFC & WESTERN BULLS, THE TOWN THAT IS KAKAMEGA.

Kakamega Town (037) slowly continues to shape the game of rugby in our beloved country Kenya. The town had two clubs playing in Kenya’s premier rugby league the “Kenya Cup” (Western Bulls & Kabras RFC) and one featuring in the championship league (Masinde Muliro University of Science & Tech). The town is also home to the famous Kakamega High school that has a rich history in the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Games and East Africa Schools competitions.  

KAKAMEGA HIGH SCHOOL

2019 15’s Champs, three times back to back champions from 2011-2013 KSSSA games. Current Kakamega county champions and host of the 2020 East Africa Schools games, the Barbarians continue to position Kakamega county as a strong sports powerhouse.

MMUST RUGBY

Finished fifth position during the KRU Championship 2018/2019 campaign, currently sitting second in the KRU Championship log seven points away from the Kenya Cup 2018/2019 relegated side Strathmore University Leos. The University situated just a few minutes from the city centre has strategically positioned itself on the path to promotion. If this happened, MMUST will replace Western Bulls who face relegation heading into 2020/2021 season.  

WESTERN BULLS

Western Bulls first featured in Kenya’s top tier league during the 2011/2012 campaign where they played most of their games at the Kakamega High School grounds before relocating just a few years ago. The Kakamega based team last featured in the top tier league during the 2016/2017 campaign where they finished 11th in the log with 14 points sending themselves back to the second-tier division alongside University of Nairobi Mean Machine. The club had a great run last year in the KRU Championship League finishing second with a (12-1-4 W-D-L) record. The side managed to book a slot for the 2019/2020 Kenya Cup by securing a final against Lakeside neighbours Kisumu RFC. The team will face relegation heading into 2020/2021 season.

KABRAS RFC Five-time finalists in the past five seasons, 2016 Kenya Cup champions after beating Impala RFC. The Kakamega based outfit has failed to topple KCB RFC in their last three meetings. The team boasts of having groomed and housed unique talents such as Phillip Wokorach (Ugandan International/Bourges XV), Max Adaka, Fijian Timoci Senaite, and Ntabeni Dukisa. Pride of the western town, the club continues to cement its power and grip in the Kenyan rugby scene.

The Ruck: KRU, Ernst&Young, Budget management 2020

The Union last year saw major sponsorship and partnership deals signed showing the ever-increasing development of the sport in the nation. One notably signed partnership was with one of the big five audit and advisory firm called Ernst&Young.

The new year brings new competitions lined up such as the HSBC World 7s Kenya Cup, Enterprise Cup, Olympics, Domestic 7’s Circuit, and the newly revamped 15s competition that will take place in the second quarter of the year where we play two home and away games. (All competitions currently suspended due to the Coronavirus)  

EY-SPORTS RELATIONSHIP

Ernst&Young has seen tremendous investment in sports over the years and its entry into the Kenyan market is further showing their grip and interests in furthering sports development across nations.

EY is strategically partnering with sports on the background of utilizing the existing data and analytics to help these teams, leagues, and unions make informed data-centric decisions.

EY-USA RUGBY

If you are a follower of 7’s rugby, you cannot miss the EY logo right in front of the USAMNT&USAWMNT jerseys. EY and USA Rugby kicked off a 10-year deal that would focus heavily on expanding the sport in the region. The US sports market is one of the most diverse and interactive markets across the globe with fans watching and following at least 2 disciplines. The NBA and NFL have proved to the world that the USA fanbase comes through for their local sports. EY plans to tap into this sports market makes perfect sense, a market that is so diverse and technologically connected through various social media platforms, a market with developed training facilities and a young generation.

EY partnership comes at a time where data is being used for both on and off-field decisions. The partnership seeks to revamp USA Rugby digital strategy to held increase an audience, and further increase the business of the board.

EY-BRITISH&IRISH LIONS RUGBY

Ernst&Young in 2017 partnered with the B&I Lions during their tour of New Zealand playing 10 matches. The partnership focused heavily on in-game data approach to help lure fans and supporters to rally behind the B&I Lions during the one-month NZ Tour.

EY-KENYA RUGBY UNION

The partnership will see EY help the union to maintain and keep all the financials in check, Budget management, and report writing. EY will deliver on KRU Program Delivery Unit as reported and this includes reports management, project plans formulation, supervision of procurement procedures, and designing financing models.

We all hope this brings positive changes in the union and all its activities especially this coming year. A year filled with defining competitions and cementing Kenya Rugby’s new decade plans. We have our eyes set for the year in Kenyan Rugby.

The Ruck: Mileage covered during the Kenya Cup season 2019/2020

The Kenya Cup season moves into its seventh week this coming weekend with all teams seeking wins to boost their position as they fight for playoff spots continues. Kabras RFC from Kakamega currently tops the table 29 points winning all its six games.

The Kenyan rugby top tier league moved into this new season welcoming two new teams from the Western Circuit of the country showing the immense growth of Kenyan rugby. Both Kisumu RFC and Western Bulls met in the KRU Championship final this year, both sealing their places in the 2019/2020 Kenya Cup.

The promotion meant five teams in the twelve-team league (42%) will be based outside Nairobi, it has been the norm a few years ago where over 70% of the participating teams were based in the capital. Displacing both Nairobi based teams Mean Machine and Strathmore Leos, Kisumu RFC and Western Bulls only plan this season is to sustain themselves in the league as their front office management seeks to make things better with state of the team.

MORE TRAVELLING

Sports has shown to the world that with a great structure and great Sports markets, touring and travelling will be of benefits in the industry. Take an example of the HSBC 7s series that takes place annually and is staged in 12 Cities (Including Women series). National teams are not only given a chance to play for points and showcase their talents but given a treat of travelling the world.

The Kenya Cup too will give both players and fans the treat to visit and explore different upcoming towns in Kenya. The league currently has Two teams based in Kakamega, One in Kisumu, and two in Nakuru. This means all the 7 teams based in Nairobi will travel week in week out.

MILEAGE COVERED

(Distance showcased is from county-county, to and from only excluding distance within the county for teams in the same region)

Kabras RFC & Western Bulls will both have the highest mileage covered this coming season. Based in Kakamega, they will cover a distance estimate of 6103.86KM (Distance estimate county-county). Kisumu RFC based in Kisumu town will cover a total estimated distance of 5819.12KM throughout the league this season. The Nakuru based clubs (Menengai Oilers and Nakuru RFC) will cover a total distance of 3519.06KM each this season. Nairobi based clubs (inclusive Blakblad) will cover a distance of 2847KM each this season.

RUGBY MARKETS

The Kenyan rugby space in Kenya continues to grow with expansions of teams playing in various sanctioned leagues. The league structure itself has enabled teams from across the country to have a chance to participate and fight their way through to earn a spot in the top tier league of the country.

The six regional leagues (Nationwide), the structure is slowly opening up various rugby markets in Kenya notably Western, Central and ever-competitive Nairobi region. Looking at these regional leagues, one will find the expansion of rugby in various counties and small towns located in Kenya. Touching newer markets will increase both fan base but most importantly a new crop of players to the league with different physical and mental strength.

Nairobi currently tops the market with 7 clubs in the Kenya Cup division, four in the championship tier and twenty clubs playing in the Nationwide divisions (Universities and Nairobi region). Kakamega is putting up a mighty push to secure more slots in the top tier division already having two (Kabras RFC and Western Bulls). Masinde Muliro University currently seats second in the championship and is in position for play-off promotion, if they continue with this trend, Kakamega will field three teams in Kenya Cup in the 2020/2021 season.

IS THE FUTURE FOR KENYAN RUGBY BRIGHT?

The answer is very bright. With great front office management, the future of rugby in our country is very bright, some clubs are struggling with player payments, player contracts, and low revenues throughout the season. This will be a thing of the past once-radical business managers pick up existing teams or expand new teams across the regional leagues in Kenya.

A future will come when clubs will not only compete for on-pitch but at the front office management. This future will displace mismanaged clubs and league structures that are infested with corrupt and none-performing managers. That future is very near, that future has already begun in smaller teams in lower-tier leagues that many people are not placing focus on currently.

Catch episode 2 of The Ruck next week and keep it 254Rugby. Thank You

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI MEAN MACHINE MEETS KENYATTA UNIVERSITY BLAKBLAD IN THE VARSITY LEAGUE FINAL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI MEAN MACHINE MEETS KENYATTA UNIVERSITY BLAKBLAD IN THE VARSITY LEAGUE FINAL”][vc_single_image image=”3577″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][vc_column_text]The Varsity League comes to a close this weekend at the University of Nairobi Grounds in a final that will see the home team take on a clinical Kenyatta University BlakBlad. The two teams have shown dominance in this league winning all their pool matches with convincing scores but also showcasing great rugby play during their matches.

VARSITY LEAGUE POOL MATCHES

Both teams managed to finish top seed in both their pools (3-0-0 record) registering good wins. University of Nairobi Mean Machine finished first in their pool scoring 84 points (11 tries, 7 conversions and 5 penalties) where as BlakBlad finished top in Pool A with 79 points (10 tries, 4 conversions, 6 penalties and 1 Drop Goal).

Lionel Ajelity of Kenyatta University helped lead BlakBlad with 29 points in the pool matches coming off his boot. He has also orchestrated great moves that have led to tries for the Kenyatta University BlakBlad.

Trevor Asina of University of Nairobi Mean Machine put up 26 points in the pool matches grounding 2 tries, kicking 2 conversions and 4 penalties.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]SEMI-FINAL MATCH AT EGERTON UNIVERSITY, NJORO

University of Nairobi Mean Machine went up against the home side Egerton University in a tightly contested match that went all the way to penalty kick outs. The match ended 11-11 at regular time, going into extra time both teams exhibited great defense avoiding either team to score. After 20 minutes of extra time, the referee took the match to penalty kicks where UON Mean Machine was victorious after a Trevor Asina kick that sealed off the match.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3785″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The second match saw Kenyatta University BlakBlad take on Catholic University of Eastern Africa Monks. The match was one sided due to KU strength at the line adding more phases in their play and hard runs to break the CUEA Monks defense. KU boys scored 6 tries with Lionel Ajelity adding 3 conversions and 2 penalties

The final will be staged this coming weekend at the University of Nairobi Rugby Grounds and we call upon you to come enjoy great rugby filled with entertainment from Homeboyz Entertainment and delicious food from Flames Flavors.

UON Mean Machine v. K.U BlakBlad[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS FALLS TO UON MEAN MACHINE IN A HEATED SEMIFINAL MATCH”][vc_single_image image=”3778″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3779″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]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[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3780″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY CRUISES PASSED CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA TO BOOK A FINAL AGAINST MEAN MACHINE

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”KENYATTA UNIVERSITY CRUISES PASSED CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA TO BOOK A FINAL AGAINST MEAN MACHINE”][vc_single_image image=”3773″ add_caption=”yes”][vc_column_text]The second semi-final match pitted Kenyatta University BlakBlad against the Catholic University of Eastern University Monks. The Thika Road boys came with their usual clinical plays controlled by their fly half Lionel Ajelity. BlakBlad played with more phases than they have ever played before. They run 91 phases during this match increasing their possession and chances of strong attacks that resulted in great line breaks.

Sheldon Kahi opened the score just a few minutes into first half with a great run to put Blad ahead with a try and Lionel Ajelity failed to add the extras. Lionel Ajelity added a penalty to take the game to 8-0 after CUEA Monks was penalized.

Brian Wahinya replaced scrumhalf Alusa Andrew after he was sent for a medical check due to bleeding. Brian immediately grounded a try and Lionel Ajelity added the extras.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3774″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Kenyatta University continued to own the game with calm plays that resulted in four more tries from Alusa Andrew, A. Ryan, K. Arcadius, and O. Robinson with Lionel Ajelity converting 2 of the tries and adding 1 penalty. Lionel Ajelity took his kicking to a 63% rate going 15 successes for 24 attempts.

Brian Wahinya also converted one of the tries.

CUEA Monks sole try came from Odhiambo Elias and was converted by Humphrey Wafula ending the game 44-7 in favor of Kenyatta University BlakBlad.

The Varsity League Final moves to Nairobi on the 27th at the RFUEA Grounds, Ngong Road and will pit Kenyatta University BlakBlad going up against University of Nairobi Mean Machine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL TO HEADLINE AS ONE OF THE SPORTS EVENTS THIS MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL TO HEADLINE AS ONE OF THE SPORTS EVENTS THIS MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS”][vc_single_image image=”3756″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes”][vc_column_text]Njoro Town, Nakuru will experience a great sporting event this Mashujaa Day as the Varsity League travels to the rift valley region for the semi final clashes. University of Nairobi Mean Machine will face home side Egerton Wasps while Kenyatta University BlakBlad will go head to head with Catholic University of Eastern Africa Monks.

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY v. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA

The Thika Road boys travel to Njoro Town, Nakuru with hopes of dominating the CUEA Monks mercilessly after their excellent form against the Egerton Wasps. Kenyatta University BlakBlad finished Pool A at first position with a 3-0 ratio winning all its games in the Pool. Kenyatta University has scored 10 Tries, 4 Conversions, 6 penalty goals, and 1 drop goal. They sit second in the Varsity League point’s tracker table with 79 points after UON Mean Machine. KU will face CUEA Monks who have scored 12 tries, 4 conversions, 3 penalty goals and have a total of 77 points.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3757″ img_size=”full”][vc_single_image image=”3766″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]UON MEAN MACHINE v. EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS

The Machines looked a watered-down team on paper without some of their stars who were playing Strathmore University at the Impala Floodlit Varsity division championship but showed real classy rugby against the Monks.

The Machines finished top seed in Pool B with 11 tries, 7 conversions, and 5 penalty goals totaling 84 points. The play the hosts who finished Pool A second with only 3 tries, 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals, and 1 drop goal totaling 26 points.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3763″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”3764″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

VARSITY LEAGUE SPECTATORSHIP HIGHEST AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VARSITY LEAGUE SPECTATORSHIP HIGHEST AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY”][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]Week Three of the Varsity League were held at the Kenyatta University Rugby grounds popular known as the Bladbin. Located along Thika Road superhighway, Kenyatta University Blakblad hosted week three of the Varsity League and played the final 4.00pm game against Egerton University Wasps.

Varsity League week three saw all teams play their final Pool games as the league goes into its playoff season in the next two weeks. Varsity League seeks to expand the knowledge of sports to the next future generation coming into the Kenyan market. Universities offer a population of 4,000 plus people and the league seeks to tap into this population offering a great reach to students not only for sports and entertainment but also offer great business and job opportunities for students in the future.  Kenyatta University showed a great feel of what the Varsity League organized by Sports Option has in future. Varsity League will not only look to grow sports only but also create an enabler for businesses, entertainment and sports experience.

Spectators at Kenyatta University showed up in large numbers to follow week three of the league but eagerly waited for the home team Blad army to get on pitch at 4.00pm against Egerton Wasps. The spectators managed to create a huge wall along the pitch with many looking for visible areas to watch the game and experience the inaugural Varsity League.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The demand for a unique sports experience in the country is high and Varsity League offers a great experience like no other. The Varsity League game at Kenyatta University opened the debate for the need of building sports complexes inside Universities across Kenya. A well developed stadium at Kenyatta University on Saturday would have attracted more students than the actual number that was present and brought more interest for the rugby game in Kenya.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]University stadium also offers great ease for spectator data in form of actual numbers, demand and also offer brands and corporate entities a platform through which sponsorship activations, business angling and product/services can reach to population can be done.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League moves to Egerton University in Njoro, Nakuru next weekend for the semi finals. The experience the Varsity League will offer will help showcase varsity sports   should use this platform to help grow sports in their Varsities. The Varsity League will continue growing and will become one of the most watched, followed sports in Kenya with the most passionate fans.

The semi final pairings are as follows:

UON Mean Machines v. Egerton Wasps

KU Blakblad v. CUEA Monks[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Egerton Wasps, UON Mean Machine, CUEA Monks and KU BlakBlad secure slots for semifinals.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Egerton Wasps, UON Mean Machine, CUEA Monks and KU BlakBlad secure slots for semifinals.”][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League moved into week three over the weekend and was held at the Kenyatta University rugby grounds. The last Pool matches were slated for the day and stakes were high for all eight teams. The bottom half of the Pool was playing for position 3 and 4, while the top half of the Pools were playing to determine who will finish off position 1 and 2.

“The Varsity League moving into the future will feature a relegation and promotion system that helps increase competition inside the league but also continue to improve the skill level of the players.” As stated by Sports Options M.D Mr. Aggrey Chabeda. He continues to encourage many Kenyans to come out and support University sports especially students of the participating institutions.

UOE TROJANS v. TUK MUSTANGS [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]A morning game between UOE and TUK saw both sides go on the pitch to fight for position 3 & 4 of Pool B. Both sides had two losses after week two games held at CUEA Sports Complex, but were separated by point’s difference with the UOE Trojans having -26 points while the Mustangs had -61points point difference. The two sides met in an early morning encounter opening week three.

Sirnel Luvutse slotted a penalty to take the Trojans ahead with a nicely calculated kick in the 5th minute. A few minutes later, the Trojans continued their dominance on the game with tries from Barasa Simiyu, Edwin Yatich, Mwange Alex and Clever Mulunda to finish off the game 23-0. Yatich Edwins’ kicking boot was left in Eldoret as he had a 0% success rate in kicking the extras.

JKUAT COUGARS v. TUM MARINES [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Thika Road side came composed for their game against the travelling Mombasa side Marines. In one of the tightly contested matches of the league, breakout star Elvis Namusasi sent the Marines 3-0 with a penalty after an infringement by the Cougars in the second minute. The Cougars responded 8 minutes later with a try by Elijah Muthama with Emmanuel Abuyo answering the try with a conversion. Elvis Namusasi cut through the Cougars line with a perfect run to ground a try and add a conversion later to send the score to 10-7. Just before the break, the Marines were awarded a penalty which Elvis didn’t miss to end the game at 13-7 at Half Time.

Second half was fun filled Bramwel Kilwoke didn’t waste time in second half as he looked to add points for JKUAT with a try but Emmanuel could not add the conversion (13-12).  Obadia Kibet of TUM replied with a hard running try in the 55th minute to send the Marines in front (18-12). Elvis Namusasi failed to add the extra 2 points. The JKUAT eight Bramwel again found the chalk to help his team win a tightly fought match sending the score to 17 and Eugene Asava with no mistake added the extras to end the game 19-18. JKUAT Cougars secured a third place finish third in Pool A with 5 1win-2losses-one draw (5points)

UON MEAN MACHINE v. CUEA CATHOLIC MONKS[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The fight for top seed between both these teams was at display during the game at the Kenyatta University Rugby grounds. The Machines play was characterized by hard runs and impactful play went up by three points after a penalty by their high flying Trevor Asina. Minutes later, the Catholic Monks were caught off guard and Trevor Asina continued to show his kicking prowess adding an extra 3 points to the board. The Catholic Monks later got a share of kicking advantage to get extra points and Samuel Otieno did not miss this opportunity making the score 6-3. Trevor Asina came back to haunt the Monks with another 3 for the Machines to send the core to 9-3. Minutes later, Samuel Messa crossed the chalk to add 5 points for the Machines and Trevor Asina continuing his 100% kicking record adding the 2 extra points. At Half Time, score at 16-3. Three minutes into second half, Maxwell Omondi powerfully ran into the try area to gift Catholic Monks a try and Geoffrey Okwach added the extras to send the score to 16-10. A kicking range penalty awarded to Mean Machines gave Trevor to add extra points to (19-10). The University of Nairobi team with their power play added points through an Edward Waithaka try and Trevor Asina adding the extra points. University of Nairobi finished top seeded Pool B with 13 points.

KU BLAKBLAD v. EGERTON UNIVERSITY WASPS[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]In the last game of the day, Kenyatta University ran to the pitch to play Egerton Wasps from Njoro, Nakuru. Being at home, the Blad attracted a mammoth of a crowd ranking K.U as the highly attended Varsity League game day with the crowd reaching up to 300+ people.

The Wasps started the game with a Drop Goal in the first minutes through a Brian Ndege boot to put Wasps ahead by 3-0. BlakBlad didn’t waste any time opening up for the speed merchant at the wing Archaelius to the try area sending the home crowd into frenzy, but Lionel Ajelity could not add the extras. Lionel Ajelity found a penalty within his range and he carefully sent it in to extend the lead (8-3). Egerton University Wasps were added a penalty and Brian Ndege sent it in to put the scores 8-6. Just before the break, the Wasps defense slacked giving Lionel Ajelity a good distance and pressure-less space where he could easily drop a goal to send the score 11-6 at Half Time.

Lionel Ajelity came back in the second half and continued punishing the Wasps with two penalties in a time range of 3 minutes adding 6 extra points for the home side (17-6). The home side added ten extra points through tries from Stormy Odhiambo and substitute Brian Kadege to finish off the match 27-6.

VARSITY LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL PAIRING

The Varsity League semis set for 20th October will be played in Njoro, Nakuru at Egerton University Wasps home ground.

Kenyatta University BlakBlad v. CUEA Catholic Monks

University of Nairobi Mean Machine v. Egerton University Wasps[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

University sides come back for Week Two with more clinical and intense plays

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”University sides come back for Week Two with more clinical and intense plays”][vc_column_text]The Catholic University rugby grounds came to a bee hive of events this weekend as it hosted the second round of the inaugural Varsity League. The host side Catholic University Monks took to the side in the early morning encounter at 10.00am against University of Eldoret Trojans.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY MONKS v. UoE TROJANS

The hosts continued their winning ways with a comfortable win against the Trojans with a Full Time score of 23 – 6. UoE Trojans Elvis Namulanda took the Trojans ahead in the first minutes with a careful penalty goal to take the Trojans 3 – 0. Jeffrey Okwach opened the score books for CUEA Monks with a run over try after breaking the Trojans defense to take up the score 5 – 3. An infringement by CUEA Monks gave the Trojans an opportunity to extend their score to 6 – 5. Immediately after, the Monks through Jeffrey Okwach took the score to 8 – 6 at just before the half time whistle through a well calculated try. The match ended 23 – 6 to CUEA after Jeffrey Okwach landed another try and two penalties by Johnstone Olindi and a penalty try.

EGERTON UNIVERSITIES WASPS v. JKUAT COUGARS

Just as their week one game against TUM Marines, Egerton were again on the fight for their lives in Pool A with a narrow win against the Cougars just as they did against the Marines. Egerton University saw off the Thika Road side 8 – 5 in a thrilling match of the day.

Brian Ndege took the Wasps ahead with a nicely kicked penalty goal. The Cougars replied with a Dennis Ambitho try. Both teams testing their defenses, Egerton University got a lucky break to score just before halftime through a Steve Wamae Try to send the scores to 8 – 5.  Egerton Wasps came back into second half with a mind to defend and their slim lead against the Cougars. They managed to hold the lead to the 80th minute and win the fight to secure 2 wins from two.

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY BLAKBLAD v. TUM MARINES

Thika Road side Kenyatta University came into week two of the competitions with a well prepared game play. They white washed the Marines from Mombasa 29 – 0 in a match filled with exciting phases, kicking and line breaks. Tries from Kelvin Gathu, Ryan Ario, Humphrey Litali, and Stormy Odhiambo and beautiful kicking by the flying Lionel Ajelity secured Kenyatta University top seed in Pool A.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI MEAN MACHINE v. T.U.K MUSTANGS

The Machines were hungry to land points on board with a quick try by Aaron Otieno and additions by Festus Shiasi that sent the Mean Machines 7 – 0. A hard game it was for Machines to easily score due to the Mustangs defense that was exceptional with hard pressing line defense and great ball possession. Errors came to haunt the Mustangs and the Machines capitalized on every bit of them. Tries from Marvin Karungi, Alfred Orege and a double try by Aaron Otieno saw Mean Machines book their second win from in Pool B.

Varsity League heads to Kenyatta University on the 13th October for the final Pool Matches.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]