[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Inside the Varsity League kicking stats after week one “][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]The Varsity League started off with a high campaign this past weekend at the University of Nairobi. Various University sides came well prepared with great ball handling, line breaks and plays. The use of the pitch was also noticeable showing great depth in passing and ball movement. The Varsity League should be one of the competitions to produce the next generational stars for the Kenya National teams both sevens and 15s and we believe this initiative by Sports Options Limited will achieve so in the next 5 years.
We took an in depth look into the kicking levels at the Varsity Leagues’ first event held at the University of Nairobi on 29th and found a lot of numbers that need to be crunched, analyzed and used by rugby teams.
The Varsity League week one competition saw a total of 25 tries scored by the end of the last game between Kenyatta University BlakBlad and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Cougars. Out the 25 tries scored on that day, only 9 conversions were successful.
The success of these conversions constitutes to only 36% (9/25). Despite position, distance and angles of the conversions to be taken, we see a low success rate percentage. In a hypothetical scenario or an ideal game, the 16 conversions missed by teams that scored during day one of the tournaments equates to a total of 32 points missed. The Technical University of Kenya Mustangs was the only team that had 100% success taking conversions with 2 out 2 kicks.
CONVERSION RATE PER UNIVERSITY
- Catholic University of East Africa Monks (25% success rate)
- Technical University of Kenya Mustangs (100%)
- Egerton University Wasps (50% success rate)
- Technical University of Mombasa Marines (0% success rate)
- University of Nairobi Mean Machines (50% success rate)
- University of Eldoret Trojans (50% success rate)
- Kenyatta University BlakBlad (33.3% success rate)
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agric and Tech Cougars (0 % success rate)
Week one of the league saw a total of 114 penalties awarded by the referees. Out of the 114 penalties, only 16 were goal attempts (14.03%). Despite the distance, and angle of the penalties many Universities opted for line-outs and scrum downs with many cases, quick starts by the teams. Out the 16 goal attempts, 10 were successful (62.5% success rate).[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]Remke Jan of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology helped his side by slotting in 9 points through penalties they were awarded and this constituted to 64% of their final score that ended 23-14 to BlakBlad. The Marines game against Egerton Wasps was the closest game of the day ending 12-11. The Marines scored 2 penalty goals and one try to get 11 points; they were awarded 9 penalties and chose to shoot 3 of them for goal, 3 were kicked for touch, 2 were scrum down option and one was quickly started.
In tight games like rugby where competition is becoming tighter in terms of financial strength of teams so access to players and conditioning is becoming high and higher, newer able players in many teams, kicking skill should be highly recommended and sought for.
The Varsity League is set to become the most competitive physical sport in Kenya because Universities will soon open up to the growing interest of sports as we are seeing, spectatorship will be high because of increase in student admission in all Universities, and development of sports facilities (stadia and complexes) in these prestigious institutions like in Kenyatta University which will provide a great experience to students and with this, interests for the game will continuously grow tremendously.
Week two of the Varsity League heads down to Catholic University of Eastern Africa this Saturday and the following below are slated fixtures.
Catholic University Monks v. UoE Trojans 10.00 am
UoN Mean Machine v. TUK Mustangs 4.00 pm
Egerton University Wasps v. JKUAT Cougars 12.00 pm
K.U BlakBlad v. TUM Marines 2.00pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]