Super Series where Buffaloes and Rhinos won their matches to ensure an
all Kenyan final on Saturday 18th April 2009.
Buffaloes v/s Sharks
Venue: RFUEA Nairobi
Two late tries from Vincent Mose and John "Che" Ekong'o saw the
Buffaloes deny the Nguvu Sharks a maiden appearance in the BRSS final.
Flyhalf Simon Wariuki opened the Buffaloes account with a 5th minute
drop goal, giving them an early 3-0 lead. They dominated the opening
exchanges and were rewarded with a 15th minute try from Lawrence Mutai
that extended the scores to 8-0.
The Sharks were stung by this, coming back into the game. Maurice
Mbai's 22nd minute trying reducing the deficit to 8-5. A massive Ian
Chewini penalty from 35 meters out tied the scores at 8-8.
The Sharks were back in the game, effectively dealing with Buffaloes
attacks while putting their foot on the gas pedal. They however failed
to turn their dominance into points and were punished by a second
Wariuki drop goal heading into the interval.
Half Time Scores
Buffaloes 11 Sharks 8
Mitch Ocholla's half time pep talk seemed to have inspired confidence
in the Sharks who came out guns blazing and were rewarded with a
second Chewini penalty that brought them level for the second time in
the match. 11-11 at this point.
Both sides prodded each others defences and it the Buffaloes fullback
Vincent Mose who touched down after some great interplay with Davis
Yanga. 16-11 to the Buffaloes.
With only five points separating the two sides, the match was now
poised for an exciting finish.There were near misses from both sides
before the Buffaloes won a scrum down on the Sharks five yard. the
indefatigable John "Che" Ekong'o touched down at the dearth.
Buffaloes 21 Sharks 11
The second semi final saw former champions Rhinos fight off a spirited
challenge from Uganda's Rwenzori, emerging 30-20 winners in a duel
that they led 17-5 at the interval.
Earlier, the Cheetahs beat outgoing champions Lions 27-15 in the fifth
place playoff tie.
The Sharks will now battle with Rwenzori for the third place as
Buffaloes and Sharks duel for the 2009 BRSS crown next weekend at the