Women: Kenya Lionesses 39-10 Uganda Lady Cranes ( Aggregate 72-25)

Kenya Lionesses emerged Elgon Cup winners after defeating the Lady Cranes 39-10 in the second leg of tournament on Saturday at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Lady Rugby Cranes scored only two tries with Beatice Atim crossing for the second after the break and did not recover against the determined Kenyans.

Irene Atieno’s second half try and Janet Akello’s solo effort after side stepping two in the Cranes’ back-line dominated the highlights as the Lionesses reclaimed the Cup on a 72-25 aggregate on home soil.

The Kenyans used home advantage to write off the defending Champions Lady Cranes, who lost the first leg 15-33 at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

The Ugandans missed inspiration from former Captain and Rugby Legend Helen Buteme who retired early this month after 11 years of distinguished service as a player for the national side.

U-19: Kenya 27-12 Uganda ( Aggregate 37-27)

The Uganda U-19 side also lost the inaugural edition despite having secured a 15-10 victory for the first leg at Kyadondo.

Marlin Mukolwe broke the deadlock with a penalty for Kenya after 8 minutes before Micheal Wanjala crossed for a successful conversion.

It was sweet revenge for the Kenyans as Marlin Mukolwe hurt the visitors again with three successful conversions off Billy Isabwa, Edgar Khafumi and Michael Wanjala’s tries to widen the point gap in the second half.

Edrine Kayima scored Uganda’s second try that was followed by Stallone Arinaitwe’s good conversion but this was not enough to clinch the title away from home as the side lost 27-12, and 37-27 on aggregate.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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