Timothy Simwa @timsimwa
Kakamega High School stormed into the rugby 15s semi-final of the ongoing western region secondary school games at Friend’s School Kamusinga in Bungoma County after bagging maximum points from their two opening matches in Pool B yesterday.
The national champions were forced to marshal all their might to down old foes Chavakali Boys 12-3 in one of the toughest matches of the day with two tries from Timothy Omela and Tony Oketch as Tony Owino successfully delivered home one conversion. Chavakali secured the three points through a penalty.
The second match saw Kakamega romp to a 31-0 victory against Busia’s Sigalame to secure a berth in today’s semis. Omela was once again on the score sheet in the second match besides his team-mates, Valerian Tendwa and Kevin Imani.
Last year’s losing finalists St Peters’ Mumias also qualified for the semi-finals as Pool A winners after easily beating Nambale Boys from Busia and Vihiga Boys at the preliminaries. St Peters’ have a match to spare against Pool A biggest challengers Bungoma today with the latter also through to the semis. Whoever wins between the two heavyweights will top the pool and avoid facing title favourites Kakamega in today’s semis.
Kakamega will face Kamuisnga in their last group stage fixture whose outcome bears no significance to both with the hosts and Sigalame already out. Vihiga and Nambale are equally out after losing their first two matches.
The winner between St Peters’ and 2016 national champions Bungoma will take on Chavakali while the losing side will brace for a semi-final showdown against Kakamega today.