Laiser Hill bag rugby title in Nakuru

By robert kibet
Apr 20, 2021
  • Laiser Hill Academy narrowly beat Maseno High 13-12 in the rugby final at Nakuru High School. (Photo Courtesy)

Laiser Hill Academy narrowly beat Maseno High, the Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) 13-12 to win the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association rugby title at Nakuru High School.

It was a sweet erevenge for the new champions who were beaten 8-3 by Maseno in their first Pool match when the competition kicked off.

In the final, Maseno led 12-0 as the teams retreated back to their locker rooms for the half time break. Maseno’s Brian Ochieng touched down in the 35th minute and seven minutes later, Patrick Khafumi added the second try which was converted by Ochieng.

On resumption, Laiser Hill which is coached by Kevin Wambua were a different team and dominated play. It was Dean Ochieng’s penalty in the 37th minute that opened Laiser Hill's account.

Kelvin Kioko crossed the line eight minutes later and Ochieng added the extra two to trail by two points. Ochieng delivered the trophy to Laiser Hill's trophy cabinet with a penalty in the 59th minute.

“We were trailing Maseno in the first half 12-0, but I advised my boys to avoid being tense. We had trained well, my boys were good in skills, conditioning and discipline,” Wambua said.

Decheo Ogeto, the Maseno captain said complacency cost them a win but reiterated that, “We will take them (Laiser Hill) down when we meet in Kigali, Rwanda in August for the FEASSSA school games.” 

In the play off pitting Kakamega, the 2011, 2012 and 2013 national champions and the Masimbas of Kang'aru, the Barbarians beat Masimbas 21-7.

Kangaru’s Jeff Mwema scored a try for the Masimbas in the fourth  minute but Ibrahim Shikanda equalized for the Barbarians 14 minutes. Ayub Makuto clotted the conversion for a 7-5 lead.

Kelvin Mburu drilled over a penalty in the 27th minute for the lead to channge hands 8-7 in Kang'aru's favor.

In the second half, the Barbarians were dominant. Shikanda tounched down in the 38th and Makuto converted to regain the lead 14-7. Meshack Odhiambo scored a try in the 55th minute and Makuro was sure to stretch the lead 21-7.