Saturday, April 24, 2010

BRSS Match Day One:SDV Transami Cheetahs, UAP Rhinos and Twigas win big

SDV Transami Cheetahs v Lions

The SDV Transami Cheetahs have began their 2010 Bamburi Rugby Super Series campaign on a high note with a massive 52-17 thumping of the Lions in the opening match played at the RFUEA Grounds this afternoon.

Ironically it was the Lions who started this battle of the cats on a high, putting the Cheetahs under pressure early on. Scrum half Peter Mutai attempted a drop goal that went wide. Lions rookie Fabian Olando soon put his side ahead with a successful penalty kick after a Cheetahs infringement. 3-0 to the Lions.

They would soon concede a penalty that Mike Mugo missed. Gray Cullen's sublime run through the Lions' defence set up a platform for winger Kelvin Omiyo to score. Mugo missed this conversion as the scores read 5-3. A Mugo penalty stretched the scores to 8-3. This signaled a period of Cheetahs dominance that saw Nato Simiyu touching down. Mugo missed this conversion as the scores now read 13-3 to the Cheetahs.

It was one way traffic at this point,the Cheetahs scoring three unconverted tries from Vincent Mose's brace and Cullen's try. Half time score 28-3 to the Cheetahs.

It was the same case as soon as the second half resumed. Innocent  "Namcos" Simiyu was dominant in this period of play, picking up a loose Lions' ball before racing a cool sixty yards to touch down. Mugo converted this try for a 35-3 Cheetahs lead. Mike Aung another that "Namcos" converted. 42-3 as the Cheetahs were coasting.  "Namcos" stretching Cheetahs' lead to 45-3. Good play between "Namcos" and Ben Nyambu saw the latter touching down guessed…Namcos converting. 52-3.

This huge lead saw the Cheetahs' ease off the gas allowing the Lions to score two facing saving tries from Curtis Olago, converted by Collins Kimani while the second coming from Fabian Olando. Olando's try was a gem of a try, he was on hand to pick up the ball from Kimani who had sold a dummy to the Cheetah's backline.  Olando shimmied his way to the tryline. Kimani converted for a 52-17 final scoreline.

UAP Rhinos v Mumias Sugar Buffaloes

Defending champions UAP Rhinos gave Mumias Sugar Buffaloes a comprehensive hiding, beating them 61-0 in the second fixture at the RFUEA in a match that was historic for reason appearing later in this text.

Jeff Ojwach opened the scoring minutes into the match, David Ambunya converting for a 7-0 lead. Leon Adongo soon made it 12-0 with an unconverted try. Further unconverted tries from Nick Lang'o and Jared Owinyo saw the Rhinos lead 22-0. Kenya Sevens player Dennis Muhanji touched down. Gibson Weru converted for a 29-0 lead. Weru converted Oscar Ouma's try as the Rhinos took a 36-0 lead into half time.

Ojwach would break for the Rhinos soon from kick off, setting up Ouma for his second try. Weru missed the conversion as Rhinos led 41-0. Sidney Ashioya scored the easiest of tries,Weru converting for a 48-0 scoreline. Kenya Cup top try scorer, the legendary Vincent "Buff" Ongera stretched the lead to 53-0 before Simon Wariuki's penalty made it 56-0.

That historic moment came when Richmond "Uhuru" Baraza's try had to determined by the Television Match Official (TMO), Weru missed the conversion. Final score UAP Rhinos 61 Mumias Sugar Buffaloes 0.

In the third fixture played in Arusha, visting Nguvu Sharks led 27-3 at half time, running amok in the second half as they scored 52 points en route to a massive 79-3 win over home side Bank M Twigas.

That was the Bamburi Rugby Super Series match day one .

Michael Kwambo
Tournament Media Manager
Bamburi Rugby Super Series 2010
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