Elgon Cup champions Kenya Simbas eked a hard-fought 23-18 win off Uganda’s errors in their away match played at the Legends Rugby Club, Kampala to keep hopes of defending the title alive despite a serious opposition posed by the Cranes.
Heading into Uganda as the favourites, Simbas were expected to post better results than last season whereby they rammed the Cranes 48-10 at the same venue before returning to Nairobi to reclaim the title with another 45-24 win.
Kenya’s squad was undoubtedly the best line up against Uganda given that Simba’s second team has been playing Uganda in that tournament until the year 2015. Despite all that, the squad, which seemed invisible to Uganda almost returned home with a loss after trailing 10-18 at half time to truly spark disappointment having invested so much in them.
Kenya’s win was, however ,out of mental strength rallying from 10-18 trail at half time to deny Uganda a single point in the second half while scoring 13 points to upset the hosts for a second straight year to register this season’s first win.
Kenya landed two converted tries and three penalties against the host’s two tries, a conversion and two conversions.
Simbas could have posed more points off two extra tries but the centre referee denied them the points blaming a knock on and a forward pass in those particular instances.
It was Kenya who drew the first blood off skipper Darwin Mukidza’s boot for a 3-0 lead. Scrum half Samson Onsomu stepped his way in the try box for a touchdown, a try whose conversion was well drilled in by Mukidza to extend the lead to 10-0.