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Kenya, Rugby Cranes share spoils

By Johnson Were

Added 25th June 2017 03:12 PM

The Cranes lost to the Kenyans 23-18 in Kampala, a fortnight ago.

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The Cranes lost to the Kenyans 23-18 in Kampala, a fortnight ago.

Kenya 33 Uganda 33

First leg Results

Uganda 18 Kenya 23

Kenya wins on Aggregate 56-51.

The Rugby Cranes held Kenya to 33-33 draw in the Elgon Cup return leg in Nairobi on Saturday.

The Cranes lost to the Kenyans 23-18 in Kampala, a fortnight ago.

Philip Wokorach was on form as he scored all the penalties and conversions the team got but a penalty-try at the last minute broke down the Cranes who had kept the fans on the edge on their seats.

 Team Kenya

Wokorach gave Uganda 3-0 early lead through a penalty before Charles Uhuru added a try and then a conversion by Wokorach to stretch to a 10-0 lead in the 12th minute of the first half.

Kenya replied with a penalty courtesy of Darwin Mukidza and a try by Jacob Ojee to close the gap to 10-8.

Kenya added a try to lead 13-10 but Uganda replied with a penalty by Philip Wokorach to level 13-13 before Kenya's Simbas Mukidza added a penalty to hand Kenya a 16-13 half time lead.

In the second half, Kenya mounted pressure but Uganda withstood all that was thrown at them to score a try by Brian Asaba and a later a conversion by Wokorach to reclaim a 20-16 lead.

However, Kenya fought back with a try by Jacob Ojee then Mukidza added a conversion and then penalty for Kenya to reclaim a 26-20 lead.

 Ugandan fans

With less than five minutes to the end of the game, the referee awarded a penalty try to Kenya and Mukidza added a conversion to level 33-33.

“Yes this was our game but again Kenya survived. we are going back to the drawing board to correct a few things before we face Senegal,” Coach Sseguya stated.

Uganda will now Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Namibia in the Rugby Africa Cup.

Man of the Match:

Philip Wokorach was again voted man of the match. Last year, Wokorach was voted man of the match in the return leg of the Elgon Cup in Nairobi


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