Bulls, Rwenzori fight for survival

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Coastal Bulls and Ugandan outfit Rwenzori will end their interest in the Bamburi Rugby Super Series (BRSS) title if they go down tomorrow.

Newcomers Bulls entertain reigning champions Rhinos at the Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday in a Pool A encounter they must win to keep their hopes of landing the premier rugby 15s franchise trophy.

Bulls were gored 36-8 by Lions in their opener last weekend while the Rhinos began their defence in second gear but managed to edge out Sharks 36-17.

The Bulls will welcome Malik Ndemi to their pen following an injury to Eugene Okwiri.

In the other Pool A clash, Sharks that are made up of university players came close to grating the champions and will carry this momentum to their game against the formidable Lions who won the BRSS trophy in 2009.

Cheetahs, who lead Pool B, travel to face Victoria at Kyandondo Rugby Club grounds in Kampala as the other Ugandan franchise, Rwenzori who are smarting from a 49-0 pasting at the hands of the front runners in Nairobi travelling to Mumias to take on the Buffaloes.

Victoria eked a narrow 16-5 win over Buffaloes last weekend in front of their home crowd and they are relying on the same to usurp the leaders.

Inspired by Kenya 7s star international, Humphrey Kayange, Buffaloes rate their chances against Rwenzori highly after restricting their compatriots in Kampala.

“In terms of how we played as a team that was assembled within a short period of time, the performance was good though the result did not really reflect the effort we put in as team. It was a good start and we are planning to build on that in the coming games,” Kayange said.

He added: “We have set few objectives, win a few games and in the process do better than last year. We failed to do that in the first game but can still do that in our upcoming fixtures.”

Rwenzori assistant coach, Sam Nikoma, lampooned his side for being ‘mentally absent’ against the Cheetahs and another loss will see them crash out of the Bamburi title equation in the group stage for the second successive year.

Andrew Olweny takes the captain’s armband from Richard Aciku who was injured in the opening tie in Nairobi.

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