How Uganda Beat Kenya

illness geneva;”>Coach Magona’s army appeared to have found a solution to the kicking puzzle that has haunted the team for years as Bishop Onen scored four out of five penalties and Justin Kimono managed a try.

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erectile geneva;”> It was Kenya who went ahead when prop forward Joseph Kang’e the grounded the ball for Kenya, scoring from a rolling maul. Kenya dominated early on but could not translate possession into more points.

Winger Justin Kimono restored parity for Uganda, beating three defenders to score an unconverted try that made it 5-5.

Brian Nyikuli (Kenya) and Romano Ogwal (Uganda) would be sent to the sin bin before half time as Isaac Adimo’s penalty right on half time made it 8-5.

Eighth man Joshua Chisanga scored on his debut for Kenya, his try immediately after the restart putting Kenya 13-5 up. A string of infringements saw Kenya concede three penalties, all slotted home by Jonathan Onen, the Rugby Cranes now 14-13 up, their small bunch of travelling supporters shouting their voices hoarse as they pressed forward.


Kenya were still in the game, pressing the Ugandans but simply unable to put points on the board. They eventually retook the lead when Isaac Adimo drilled home a penalty, 16-14 the scores.

With less than 5 minutes to the end of the game, Bishop One scored another penalty to hand Uganda a 17-16 lead but controversy emerged as a Kenyan touch judge signaled for a penalty which went out.

The second leg of this annual fixture takes place in Kampala on Saturday 22 June 2013.

In the Women’s Elgon Cup cum Africa qualifier for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 first tie ended 18-17 in Kenya’s favour at the Moi International Sports Center on Saturday 15 June.

Rachel Babirye put Uganda’s Lady Cranes 3-0 up after twenty two minutes of play, slotting home a penalty from a Kenyan infringement.

Kenyan skipper Doreen Remuor responded in kind, her penalty restoring parity, 3-3 the scores after twenty eight minutes of play. The Kenya Lionesses would go 8-3 up when Celestine Masinde touched down on thirty minutes but a second Babirye penalty on thirty six minutes cut the deficit to 8-6 and that was the case as the teams went into the breather.

Second half action saw Phila Olando score Kenya’s second try four minutes after the break, 13-6 at this point but Babirye’s third penalty took it to 13-9. Janet Awuor’s try put Kenya 18-9 up before Babirye’s penalty and an Asha Nakityo try saw the game end 18-17.

The return match is slated for 18-17 in Kampala on Saturday 22 June. The winner of this two legged tie will face South Africa for the right to represent Africa at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014.

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