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Kisumu go top as race for Kenya Cup promotion starts in earnest

With no single team registering a bonus point win in the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship League on the opening weekend, Kisumu RFC recorded the highest score to go top of the table with four points.

Former Kenya Cup side Kisumu made their intentions of getting back to the top tier clear with a 20-9 win over University of Eldoret (UoE) Trojans on Saturday.

The lakeside team were desperate for maximum points but the students restricted them from a bonus points win.

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) Martial are second on the log with four points after their 15-6 win over Egerton Wasps while relegated Kisii RFC found it hard to get a bonus points victory, being forced to a 11-3 win over debutants Kitale RFC.

“It was a tough game, Kitale came hard on us, soaked in our moves well and really defended good but luckily, we got a win. Being the first game, it came with pressure but I’m happy we got off well,” said Kisii RFC coach Erick Bosire.

Other former Kenya Cup sides Mombasa RFC, Catholic Monks and Western Bulls also boosted their chances of fighting for a return to the top tier albeit with slim victories.

Mombasa overcame Ngong Warriors 13-7 to claim fourth position with Monks sit fifth on four points as well after their 19-17 win against South Coast Pirates.

“The boys played well. We dominated most of the game but let ourselves down by not converting our tries. We had some minor errors which we will address going forward,” said Pirates coach Lawrence Buyasi.

Western Bulls are sixth after a hard-fought 15-14 win over debutants Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).