Kenya Simbas get their revenge over Uganda to claim Elgon Cup crown

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RUGBY Kenya Simbas get their revenge over Uganda to claim Elgon Cup crown

Joel Omotto 20:04 - 11.11.2023

Kenya Simbas silenced Uganda in a highly-billed Elgon Cup showdown in Kisumu to reclaim regional bragging rights following last week’s setback in Kampala

Kenya Simbas got their revenge against Uganda Rugby Cranes as they silenced them 20-13 to claim the Elgon Cup at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.

Simbas, who suffered a narrow 21-20 loss to the Ugandans in the Victoria Cup title decider, which doubled up as the Elgon Cup opening leg in Kampala last week, were keen to avoid lightning striking twice and duly delivered on home soil.

Kenya went ahead after just nine minutes when Fijian-born Jone Kubu successfully kicked in a penalty for 3-0 before Elkeans Musonye extended their lead with a 12th-minute try which the Kabras Sugar utility back converted for a 10-0 advantage.

However, Kenya kept conceding penalties, an issue that let them down last week, but Uganda were not clinical enough, managing to get through just one of their five penalties up to that point.

Uganda then had two more penalties with handling errors common in Kenya’s game once more but skipper Ivan Magomu failed to convert as the Simbas took a 10-3 lead to the break.

Kubu continued from where he left off in the first half, scoring his first try of the game which he converted to put Kenya 17-3 up, before Uganda summoned enough energy to score their first try.

Timothy Kisiga went over the line to reduce the arrears, with last week’s penalty hero Liam Walker converting for a 17-10 score line 18 minutes from time.

Another penalty for Uganda would see Walker make it 17-13 but Kenya had the last laugh when Kubu slotted home another penalty for a 20-13 lead six minutes before the final hooter which they held on to claim the Elgon Cup 40-34 on aggregate.

It is the first victory for Kenya against Uganda since 2019, the last time the Elgon Cup was played, when the Cranes won 17-13 in Nairobi although the second leg was not played.

Uganda have not won the Elgon Cup since 2012 with Kenya now making it five straight titles and reasserting their regional dominance after last weekend’s setback.

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