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How Uganda Surrendered The Elgon Cup To Kenya

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Results
Men:

Uganda 13-19 Kenya
Kenya win 35-30 on aggregate

Women:

Uganda 13-8 Kenya
Uganda win 30-26 on aggregate

Elgon cup winners

2013 – Kenya
2012 – Uganda
2011 – Kenya
2010 – Kenya
2009 – Kenya
2008 – Kenya
2007 – Kenya
2006 – Uganda
2005 – NOT HELD
2004 – Kenya

On back of a 17-16 rare first leg victory in Nairobi, Mugona added an extra two untested debuts to battle the strong Kenya side and Kenny Andola had a field day!

And for the first time in some many years, Uganda had squandered into a 10-16 deficit heading into the halftime break, and they never got up again.

Debutant Davis Kyewalabye a Scrum-half was thrown into no.9 to replace Romano Ogwal; fine Mugona had gambled but hold your breath, Robert Seguya, a back row, at scrum-half was the biggest of them all. He didn’t recycle the ball well or quickly enough and seemed too defensive. Consequently, the forwards struggled to get any kind of momentum.

Then Kenya reclaimed the much coveted Elgon Cup winning 19-13 with a 35-30 aggregate win over Uganda and a first one in three years at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in Kampala on Saturday, emotions flared with young Joseph Aredo another new face on the Cranes crying.

It was Uganda who went ahead courtesy of a Joseph Aredo penalty but Kenny Andola leveled with a penalty after a Uganda infringement. Another Andola penalty put Kenya 6-3 up.

Marvin Odong scored a try for Uganda with Bishop Onen converting for a 10-6 Uganda lead. Isaac Adimo scored a try for Kenya with Andola converting for a 16-10 Kenya lead at half time. Andola added a second half penalty that saw Kenya win 19-10.

And forgive Mugona for changing Michael Wokorach from outside centre to no. 12 following the return of Timothy Mudoola at 13, every coach does that but sometime it fails to click and probably the quartet of new internationals hooker Paul Sserunjogi, fly-half Jasper Ochen, scrum-half Davis Kyewalabye and Joseph Aredo will come to the billing in the forthcoming CAR Africa Cup tier 1A tournament in Madagascar (in a fortnight) in Madagascar where Uganda will meet Kenya again.

“We will take the positives on our way to Madagascar and work hard to stay in tier 1A,” Captain Alex Mubiru optimistically echoed after fulltime.

But on the brighter side, congratulations to the Uganda Rugby Lady Cranes who reclaimed the Elgon Cup progressed Uganda’s World Cup dreams with a well deserved 13-8 win and 26-30 on aggregate victory over Kenyan’s rugby Lionesses in the early kickoff at Kyadondo.

A tentative first half saw both teams prod each other like prize fighters and it was Aisha Nakityo’s try that broke the deadlock, touching down for a 5-0 lead that the Ugandan ladies held on to heading into the interval.

Kenya were quick off the blocks in the second half, taking the game to the Ugandans and were rewarded with a Doreen Remour penalty following a Uganda infringement, 5-3 the scores at this point.

Uganda went 10-3 up when hooker Rosenburg Kanyunyuzi barged over the line.

Phila Olando scored for Kenya after fine work by the forwards, her try making it 10-8 and a Rachel Babirye penalty saw the game end 13-8, Uganda reclaiming the Women’s Elgon Cup and earning the right to play South Africa for the sole African berth to the 2014 Women’s Rugby Uganda Rugby.

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