• St. Mary’s unbeaten in Rugby,Maseno to meet upper in Basketball semis

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Apr 14, 2011-

Feeling confident from their 12-0 first pool rugby match win over hosts Kakamega High School, St. Mary’s Nairobi had to raise their game against a strong St. Mary’s Yala side in the “battle of the saints.” 

Lessons from the first match were carried forward and the team converted to a smoother and more effortless passing game for a 17-5 final score in their pool match of this year’s Brookside Kenya secondary school Term One Games in Kakamega.

Yala kicked off, but failed to make 10 metres, and so the ball was immediately turned over to their Nairobi opponents. This faux pas was soon to be punished following a pass from Brian Olande out of the scrum to Nigel Soi, who then outpaced the Yala defence to score the first try of the match. 

Unfortunately the try was not converted, but two minutes later the two-time national champions from Nairobi followed up with another score, leaving the score at 12-0.

Using his blistering pace, Soi rounded off the first half, scoring another try from a run starting inside the Yala 10-metre line.

Nairobi started the second half strongly with a great break from Jeff Anampiu and within the first three minutes of the second half, he touched down for his side’s third try.

In the final minute of the game, Yala caught the former champions defence unawares and made a try. Unconverted, this left the final score at an admirable 17-5.

St. Mary’s Nairobi showed they had still plenty in reserve, and had the capacity to take on board the lessons from the first match to develop their sevens play into a dynamic flowing game.

This placed the team top of their pool group where they qualified for the knock-out quarter-finals of the trophy. 

In basketball National boys champions Maseno School will face newcomers Upper Hill High School in Friday’s first semifinal.

Reigning East Africa secondary schools champions Laiser Hill will entertain Friends School Kamusinga in the second semi. While in the girls’ category, champions Tigoi Girls will have a date with Ogande Girls in the first semi, while former champions Shimba Hills from Kwale will play Kirigara of Eastern Province.

With both teams aiming to avoid a date with Laiser Hill, the Upper Hill versus Kamusinga tie was always going to be a tough affair; and true to its billing, it didn’t disappoint.  Of the two sides, it was the Nairobi side who had the last laugh, coming from 26-37 down at half time to win 63-56 at the final whistle.

“We are delighted to have won that match. Any side always wants to finish at the top of the group, so this was a delight for us. We are now focusing on the semifinal with Maseno,” said Upper Hilll’s head coach, George Maiyenga.

On their part, Maseno demolished Kangaru School 109-27 in a one-sided affair, while Laiser were the better side against Nyeri High School for an 88-32 score.

 

Selected Rugby results:

St. Mary’s Yala 15 Vihiga 5, Kangaru School 12 Laiser 0, Maseno 56 Moi High Kasigau 0, Alliance High 5 St. Peters Mumias 12, Nyeri High 17 Hindu High 7, Chavakali 12 Meru School 5, Upper Hill 19 St. Josephs Rift Valley 10, Kakamega 7 Vihiga 0, St. Mary’s Yala 0 St. Mary’s Nairobi 19, Kangaru School 38 Moi High Kasigau 0.

 

 

Isaac Mutua

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