What a weekend for Kenya Rugby

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It was a weekend to savour for Kenyan Rugby fans. Three national teams on duty and three wins was more than enough returns especially for travelling fans.

The Kenya Simbas and the Kenya Lionesses made the long trip to Uganda for the second leg of the Elgon Cup and on their trail, were a few hundred fans ready to paint Kyadondo rugby grounds red.

Kenya Simbas were looking to overturn a three point differences and keep the trophy they have monopolised in recent times. The Lionesses on their part had already secured the trophy they last won a little over five years ago, the ladies game had taken a break from the long version.

In a waterlogged pitch, the Kenya Lionesses led by captain fantastic Philadelphia Olando showed their male counterparts how to dismantle their opponents, claiming a 35-5 win over Lady Cranes and take the aggregate score to 79-18. Next, they head down to Jo’burg for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers buoyed by their newly found sublime form. Coach Felix Oloo should be feeling very confident heading to this daunting task.

At around 4:30 pm, the Kenya Simbas and Uganda took to the pitch. It was a cagey match but it was the star-studded Uganda that took the lead. Kenya Shujaa Captain Jacob Ojee however had other plans, scoring 11 points of a try and two penalties. That added to an unconverted try won Kenya the game (16-5) and the title (29-21 on aggregate).

Chipu players in Action against Tunisia in the Barthes Cup. PHOTO/courtesy

Chipu

After that triumph in Uganda, all eyes turned to the youngest team of them all, Chipu who were taking on hosts Brazil in the World Rugby U20s Trophy. They (Chipu) had a game to forget against Uruguay, and with Japan being a powerhouse, they needed nothing short of a win to get their campaign back on track.

From the Uruguay game the only aspects of our game that we improved on is ball possession and our finishing. We were able to keep the ball and recycle it a little bit better and we were rewarded with a couple of tries. Dominic Coulson also remembered to bring with him his kicking boots. The grit showed by those boys, they fought till the last minute, that’s what being young Simbas means to them.

Before we meet Japan, we might as well improve on that defense. We have a lot of missed tackles and negative tackles. We also need to make decisions better, which Coulson had on the night. A 26-23 victory ensured that Brazil’s search for win over us in both the junior and senior levels continues.

Chipu next face Japan on 17th of July at 11 pm East African Time.