Multipurpose Lions showed character in recovering from 8-9 at half time to eventually beat the SDV Cheetahs 18-17 and qualify for the Bamburi Rugby Super Series semi finals.
The match played at the RFUEA Grounds off Ngong' Road yesterday saw Mark Mshila kick over a penalty for Lions in the seventh minute.
Jay Williams replied for the Cheetahs. He would add two penalties that extended the Cheetahs lead to 9-3.
Lions roared back with a well-worked try by Frankline Amiani in the 34th minute. In the second half, Cheetahs stretched their lead when Moses Kola put over a penalty in the 54th minute. Richard Kinyany raced to the line in the 58th minute with Mshila successfully converting,scores at this point were 12-15 to the Lions.
The Cheetahs struck back with an unconverted try to reclaim the lead, 17- 15 at this point. Peter Mutai's late successful penalty and a decision by the Cheetahs to spread the ball wide instead of kicking over a penalty saw the Lions snatch victory by the slimmest of margins.
Rhino, who are the BRSS defending champs also qualified with a slim 5-3 win over the Nguvu Sharks. Kevin Gachoka gave the Sharks an early lead with a penalty but former Kenya Sevens flier Alan Makaka scored the game's only try that gave victory to the Rhinos.
Action resumes on Friday 21st March at the RFUEA Grounds off Ngong Road.
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