USIU fall to a driven Kisii RFC in Kenya Cup II
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).