2015 Elgon Cup Results
Kenya “A” 20-17 Uganda Rugby Cranes
Kenya Lionesses 5-5 Uganda Lady Cranes
Kenya “A” secured a crucial 20-17 home win against Uganda Rugby Cranes on Saturday to bank a 3 point advantage ahead of the second leg of the 2015 Elgon Cup at Legends Rugby Grounds in Kampala.
The Kenyan outfit ran in 4 tries that were blighted with bad conversions throughout but the side nevertheless held on tight to claim another victory on home soil.
Eighth-man and skipper Charles Omondi crushed over twice, while flanker Edwin Makori and wing Alvin Otieno crossed once each, Kenya accumulating 20 for the evening at the RFUEA grounds.
Uganda touched down twice courtesy of eighth-man Scott Oluoch and flanker replacement Pius Ogena. And the kicks were converted too unlike Kenya thanks to Kevin Makmot’s last season’s boots.
Wing Lawrence Ssebuliba who contributed much to Heathens’ recent rugby premiership triumph also made an impact, kicking through Cranes’ only penalty.
Besides the terrible kicks, the Kenyans were not at their best in the line-outs and ball handling and this played out to the advantage of the Kampala based visitors.
The game was an end-to-end affair and Uganda broke the deadlock when Sebuliba curled through a penalty after an infringement.
Kenya fullback Essau Otieno kicked wide a penalty moments later as Uganda ensured an intact back line.
Opting for a maul instead of a penalty inside Cranes 22 metres put Kenya in the lead off Makori’s try and scrum-half Eden Agero continued the bad “kickers’ day out” for the conversion.
Agero’s penalty hit the post in the second half before Omondi gave the home side a 10-3 lead when he crossed the white chalk.
Hooker George Asin set up Otieno who condemned Uganda to another try, after Makori’s impressive show. Kenya were now in the driving seat with a comfortable 15-3 score.
Makmot converted Oluoch’s try as Uganda attempted a swift comeback but Omondi was at it again touching for more five points. Pius Ogena scored Cranes last try, Makmot converting for a close final score.
In the opening match of the day at the RFUEA grounds, the Uganda lady Cranes frustrated the Kenya Lionesses, playing out a 5 all stalemate.
It was an impressive display from the visitors who struggled last year against the same side both home and away.
The Lionesses defeated Uganda 15-33 in the first leg at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, before proceeding to Kenya where the side won the second leg of tournament in Nairobi, Kenya 39-10.
Now the Lady Cranes will have something to play for on Saturday behind a large home crowd after keeping it level in Nairobi.
The Lady Rugby Cranes last lifted the Elgon Cup in 2013 when they overcame the Lionesses, winning the Cup 30-26 on aggregate.
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