UGANDA took one step closer towards retaining the Elgon Cup after beating Kenya 16-17 in their own back yard in the first leg played at Kasarani Stadium
By Johnson Were in Nairobi
Kenya 16 Uganda 17
Kenya 18 Uganda 17
UGANDA took one step closer towards retaining the Elgon Cup after beating Kenya 16-17 in their own back yard for the first time since 2006 in the first leg played at Kasarani Stadium.
Uganda put aside fears of bad weather and the daunting task of playing the game under floodlights to take a 1 point lead back to Kampala ahead of the return leg.
The hosts dominated proceedings early in the game and raced into a deserved lead through prop forward Joseph Kang’ethe’s try from a rolling maul.
The impressive Justin Kimono score a try to level the game at 5-5 after the Kenyans were guilty of failing to convert their dominance into a sizable lead.
Uganda seized the initiative and scored three consecutive penaties which were all scored by Bishop Onen to hand the visitors a 13-14 lead hot on the heels of Joshua Chisanga’s try and Isaac Adimo’s penalty.
Adimo was to score yet another penalty to hand Kenya a 16-14 lead with time running out before Onen scored his fourth penalty of the game to hand Uganda a 16-17 lead that they did not relinquish until the final whistle.
Meanwhile in the ladies’ match that also doubled at the 2014 France World Cup Qualifier ended in a narrow 18-17 defeat.
The second leg will be played in Kampala on Saturday 22nd June at Kyadondo Rugby Club.
Uganda stuns Kenya in Elgon Cup