NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23 – Rhinos and Ruwenzori are the pacesetters after Week 1 of the Bamburi Rugby Super Series.Former champions Rhinos top Pool A after an emphatic 64-0 victory over Scorpions who came in the last minute after the withdrawal of the Twigas.
Rwenzori got their inaugural campaign to the most promising start with a 13-0 win over fellow Ugandans Victoria at the Kyadondo stadium.
But the most shocking result was defending champions Lions 11-6 loss to Nguvu Sharks at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds.
Kenya scrumhalf Peter Mutai kicked all of his team’s points while Peter Kefa’s try helped the Sharks begin their season on a positive note.
It does not get easy for the defending champions who will lock horns with Rhinos who boast players from defending Kenya Cup champions Kenya Harlequins and Mwamba RFC.
Edward Kinyany’s side who were leading the Scorpions 18-0 at halftime switched on the afterburners in the second period to register one of the biggest victories in the tournament’s history and sound a warning shot to the rest of their competitors.
Lions coach Simon Jawichre has his work cut out throughout this week in order to restore some pride in his team which is full of test players.
Former champions Cheetahs were also at the wrong end of the scoreboard in their 14-11 loss to Buffaloes.
A Calvin Otieno try and three penalties from Danny Glouver saw the Buffaloes through despite trailing 8-3 at half time.
Cheetahs got on the scoreboard courtesy of two penalties from national sevens star Biko Adema and a Charles Kanyi try.
Next up for the Cheetahs is Victoria at the RFUEA grounds while the Buffaloes entertain Rwenzori in Nakuru on Saturday.
The early game is Scorpions versus Sharks also at RFUEA grounds.