USIU fall to a driven Kisii RFC in Kenya Cup II

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Na­tion­wide league fi­nal­ists USIU fell to a de­ter­mined Kisii RFC 17-11 in a thrilling Kenya Cup II en­counter at Gusii Sta­dium in Kisii.

USIU were quick to take an 8-3 lead by the end of the first half and they seemed to take charge of the match since they had able for­wads. Charles Kuka was quick to grab the vis­i­tors their first blood scor­ing a penalty shortly be­fore scor­ing an un­con­verted try.

Kelvin Shie­unda drilled in a penalty for the hosts to close in the gap at 8-3 as the breather came beck­on­ing. Two tries by Amos Obae and Der­rick Oseko, and two suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions by Shie­unda put the hosts at a com­fort­able 17-8 lead. Kuka’s late penalty in the game could not sal­vage USIU from the loss de­spite dom­i­nat­ing in pos­ses­sion in the en­tire sec­ond half.

“We went into the game with a win­ning men­tal­ity. The play­ers were not ready to lose at home and were ready to give their best dur­ing the match,” said Kisii RFC Cap­tain Ge­orge Sagini.

“We also com­mit­ted a lot of mis­takes in the game and the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the for­wards and backs was want­ing.

Our scrums were also weak and a num­ber of times we were caught off­side dur­ing break­downs. Our op­po­nents were quick to pun­ish our mis­takes prompt­ing us to play a de­fen­sive game,” he added.

“It felt good to win our first match bear­ing in mind that we had new play­ers on board who lived up to their ex­pec­ta­tion of the match.”

In the other matches, Catholic Univer­sity Monks whipped vis­it­ing South Coast Pi­rates 18-6 in Kareng’ata while Mom­basa beat hosts JKUAT 15-6. In El­doret, Univer­sity of El­doret won the El­doret Derby with a 3-0 win over Moi Univer­sity. The matches pit­ting Kisumu against Bun­goma Sharks and Thika against KeMU were post­poned.

Strath­more Univer­sity hand­ball teams ex­tended their un­beaten run at the week­end dur­ing the Nairobi South Con­fer­ence of Kenya Univer­si­ties Sports As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

New­bies white­washed the Univer­sity of Nairobi 24-4 in their sec­ond last league leg. On the other hand, the Madaraka-based var­sity men’s side thwarted Mul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity 39-14 in their only fix­ture of the week­end.

With the wins, the two teams are at the sum­mit of their re­spec­tive stand­ings, with the women’s squad ce­ment­ing their lead (eight points), and the men oust­ing the UoN from po­si­tion one on the log.

Strath­more’s cus­to­dian Valen­tine Kan­gani had an un­event­ful out­ing as her team­mates mounted wa­ter­tight de­fense around their area.

Diana Ayoo, Shan­tal Ateya, Glo­ria Van­de­line and Fiona Wasike were re­spon­si­ble for 17 steals and 11 turnovers against UoN who scored two of their four goals through Ce­les­tine Mbe­nu­ula and Delvin Odongo.

In the low scor­ing duel, no player hit dou­ble fig­ures as Je­riow Wan­jiku and Guf­teen Juma net­ted nine goals each.

In the men’s tie, Paul Ngige top scored for Strath­more with seven, and was com­ple­mented by Jack Maloba, Obongha Si­mon Mu­tuku led notch­ing in five points apiece.

In other re­sults, UoN (men) lost to Co-Op­er­a­tive Univer­sity 17-25, and, UoN (women) nar­rowly beat Machakos Univer­sity Col­lege 12-11.

Mean­while, Strath­more vol­ley­ball teams too, won their fix­tures at the week­end.

The men’s side, chris­ten “Jaguar” de­feated Africa In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in straight sets of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-13, whereas the women’s lineup, ‘Pan­ther’ hit Machakos Univer­sity Col­lege 3-0 (25-5, 25-14, 25-12).

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