Menengai Secondary School from Nakuru County are the new Rift Valley Secondary School Sports Association (RVSSSA) rugby 15s after thrashing Kapsabet Boys 13-0 at the finals played at St Joseph’s Boys Kitale yesterday in Trans-Nzoia County.
One year after winning their maiden rugby Sevens title in Mombasa last year, Menengai cast their nets further to make an entry in 15s and made their intention clear after edging out East Africa champions Laiser Hill Academy at the semi-finals.
Coach Evans Adenya believes his boys could be in for another milestone achievement when the championship moves to the national later April and perhaps topple current champions Kakamega School who remain their biggest threat.
“We are not yet there but this is a good start for my boys. This victory has given the motivation to face any opponent and I confidently believe we will carry home the national title,” Adenya said. It remains to be seen if Menengai will defend their rugby sevens title should they win the 15s category in Embu.
A surprise package Kapsabet Boys was unable to tame the unrelenting winners who touched home two important tries before staging a fierce back defence to the final whistle braving a slippery ground as a result of the heavy rains that characterised the championship. Laiser’s ouster means the East Africa rugby 15s will have a new champions for 2018 as Kevin Wambua’s charges hopes to make a return next year.
Alternatively Laiser could redeem their image in rugby Sevens next term which has proved more competitive if last year’s results are anything to go by. At some point the other finals were delayed after referees went on a go-slow to protest their unpaid dues before the stand-off was resolved allowing the matches to resume.
By the time we went to press Trans Nzoia Mixed was facing off Nandi County Tachasis in hockey girls’ finals while Rafiki from host county was battling out in handball boys’ finals.