NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The national 15s team bounced back to beat Uganda 5-16 in the return leg, winning 29-21 on aggregate to retain the Elgon Cup on Saturday in Kampala.
This is after Kenya trailed 13-16 in the first leg hosted at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu.
Kenya was inspired by the returning of senior players with Kenya 7s winger Jacob Ojee producing a man of the match performance.
The corresponding women’s Kenya side the Lionesses also retained the title after outshining Uganda Ladies in both legs winning 35-5 in the second leg.
In the first 22 minutes, the match was scoreless despite Simbas having made four visits to the opponents red zone.
However, it was Uganda who landed the first try in the match as Ronald Kanyanya went over the whitewash, Philip Wokorach missed the extras for a shortlived 5-0 lead.
Four minutes after Kanyanya’s try, Billy Omondi leveled the scores at 5-5 as he attacked the wing in full flight for a corner post try, conversion sailed wide.
Man of the Match was next on the scoreboard as he split the posts with two penalties, Simbas leading the Cranes 11-5.
Uganda’s several attempts at scoring a try were unfruitful as they were unable to break past the strong defense put up by the visitors.
In the last play, as Uganda was making way into the Simbas half, the ball carrier was tackled and held up, what Kenyans love to call “chokesha”, in the midst of all this, Michael Wanjala ripped the ball and passed it to Ojee who raced down the pitch and landed simbas second and winning try.
The conversion sailed wide but the work had been done, the Simbas had successfully defended the Elgon Cup title with the 16-5 win.