Uganda clinch Elgon Cup in Nairobi despite losing 12-0
The Ugandans clinched the series 19-17 on aggregate following their 19-5 first leg victory in Kampala a week earlier. This was Uganda’s second series win in the nine-year history of the tournament.
They first won it in 2006.In the women’s series, Kenya turned the tables on Uganda with a 21-18 aggregate win after outscoring the visitors 15-3 at RFUEA ground in the early match on Saturday. But the match ended in disaster after Kenya’s captain M.Abedeen suffered a
serious injury where she was rushed to the hospital and succumbed to death several hours later.
In the men’s clash, Kenya, despite the deplorable conditions, unleashed almost 80 minutes of all-out attacking rugby but it was not to be.
Kenya only managed to break the resilient Uganda defence in the second half, loose forward Brian Buyachi and winger Tony Onyango landing once each and stand off Eden Adero making one conversion.
Kenya looked to adapt quickest to the mud and water, pinning the Ugandans in their own half. But the first real opportunity to score went to Uganda after seven minutes, with scrumhalf Anthony Kinene kicking his penalty short from just inside Kenya’s half.
The home side maintained their pressure, keeping the ball tight as they tried to break a resolute Ugandan defence with repeated pick and drive moves.
But the wet conditions made quick recycle ball hard and Uganda reorganised their defence.
After 10 minutes, possession read Kenya 89 per cent, Uganda 11, illustrating the intensity Kenya adopted to chase the 14 points deficit.
Uganda winger Justine Kimono was sin-binned on 18 minutes for a dangerous tackle but still Kenya could not breach their defence.
Several well worked phases set up the outstanding outside centre Dennis Muhanji out wide to barrel through and stretch out for a try but the referee ruled he was not in control of the ball.
Eighthman Leslie Libasia peeled from the scrum 10 metres out in one of his typical charges but was held up just short as Uganda continued to keep their hosts at bay.