Category: Match report

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]

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]

Kenya Cup Season 2017/2018

Sixty-Six (66). That’s the number of matches we will be having this season before the Playoffs on the Kenya Cup season 2017/2018. The event is set to start on the 25th November and the Finals on the 17th of March 2018

Here is the 2016/2017 Playoffs bracket.

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Finals
   
 
HOMEBOYZ RC
April 8, 2017
17-22
Jamhuri
 
 KABRAS RC
IMPALA RC
April 22, 2017
8-36
KCB
April 1, 2017
18-21
Impala
KABRAS RC
 
KABRAS RC
 
 
 
KCB RC
April 8, 2017
19-12
KCB
 
 KCB RC
QUINS 
April 1, 2017
32-31
RFUEA GROUNDS
QUINS
 
MWAMBA RC

Winner