Trailing 14-21 from last week’s first leg in Kampala, Kenya A romped to a 34-0 shut out of Uganda that saw them win the Elgon Cup 48-21 on aggregate.
The Rugby Cranes started with intent but fell behind when Philip Owuor pressured Bishop Onen into an error, Owuor grounding for a 5-0 score line. It would remain a fair contest, Uganda’s Romano Ogwal standing out for Uganda as they surged forward in territory and possession.
They however fell further behind when Nato Simiyu grounded on 33 minutes with Isaac Adimo converting for a 12-0, a lead they took into the break.
Godfrey Mbeya, largely quiet during the first half, wrote his name on the scorer’s list, showing presence of mind to follow through Kelvin Omiyo’s speculative punt, his touch down putting Kenya 17-0 up and 31-21 on aggregate.
Simiyu, outstanding all afternoon, sliced through the Ugandan defence, offloading for Eden Agero to touch down with Adimo converting for a 24-0 lead. Further tries from substitutes Jacob Ojee and Victor Brown secured the 34-0 result for the Kenyans, the biggest winning score line in an Elgon Cup leg.
To add more pain to the wound, Kenya’s U-19s defeated their Ugandan counterparts 27-12 on the day to claim a 37-27 aggregate win, having lost the first leg 10-15 in Kampala last weekend.
Marlin Mukolwe out Kenya 3-0 with an 8th minute penalty before converting Michael Wanjala’s try for a 10-o lead.
The Baby Cranes would get into the game courtesy of a a Pius Ogena try but a Edgar Khafumi try and a Mukolwe conversion saw Chipur lead 17-5 at half time.
Billy Isabwa’s try and another Mukolwe conversion put Kenya 24-5 up after the break. Mukolwe’s penalty saw the hosts go 27-5 up as Ugandan grew in confidence. Edrine Kayima’s converted try for the Baby Cranes saw the game close at 27-12.
The ealry afternoon return leg played in Nairobi saw the Lady Cranes go into the tie as defending champions trailing 15-33 to the Lionesses after the first leg that was played in Kampala last weekend.
The Lady Cranes also faced a humiliating 39-10 defeat that saw the Lionesses take the trophy on a 72-25 aggregate.The poor showing of the Lady Cranes was a far cry from the team that played against South Africa in a World Cup qualifier last year.