CHAMPIONSHIP

KRU Championship: Nondies shine in Eldoret, Impala, Bulls Daystar lose

Nondies in a past match. Photo Courtesy/Tabby Nashipae
Nondies in a past match. Photo Courtesy/Tabby Nashipae

Nondies RFC picked their fifth consecutive win after thrashing Eldoret RFC 37-0 in a KRU Championship match played at the Eldoret Sports Club on Saturday 14 January 2023.

Prior to this match, both teams had played their last matches on 17th December 2022, with Eldoret RFC sharing 6-6 spoils with Shamas Rugby and Nondies RFC narrowly overpowering UOE Trojans 19-17. Also, both teams missed their opening matches this year, and headed to this match eager to secure their first win of the year.

It was Fidens Tony who first registered his name on the scoresheet with a five-pointer that saw the visitors lead at 5-0. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Minutes after Fidens’ try, Alvin Marube was flying high with a try that saw Nondies RFC lead at 10-0. Calvin Sheunda successfully converted the try for a 12-0 lead.

Eldoret RFC attempted a comeback but was unsuccessful, heading to half time.

In the final half, Nondies RFC’s flying start continued, this time even better. From the lineout, Nondies demonstrated patience and good passes, before the ball fell on Nyaenya Moseti’s hands, and he went over the whitewash to score Nondies’ third try of the match. An attempt to convert went wide.

Nondies forwards seemed to overpower Eldoret’s, and from the scrum, Brian Amaitsa went over with his first try of the match. Fidens Tony’s magical feet successfully grabbed two more points.

Despite the home support from Eldoret RFC’s fans, resilient Nondies put their best feet forward and this time it was Charles Odhiambo who scored another try for the visitors. Fidens Tony added the extras.

More wonderful passes from Nondies saw them collect five more points via Saidi Sumba. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Eldoret RFC would then knock at the try box to kill their dream of scoring this weekend, before the sound of the final whistle.

Eldoret RFC have a chance to redeem themselves next weekend when they will travel to Nairobi to face Impala RFC. Nondies on the other hand will welcome Western Bulls, keen to pick another win.

At the Bull Ring, South Coast Pirates emerged top as they edged Western Bulls 20-17. Tries from Ali Rashid and Charles Tendwa which were converted  by  Elias Gitonga and who also added two penalties for the win.

UoE trojans beat Daystar Falcons 15-12 as Kabarak University stunned Impala Saracens 16-12.

IN Kisumu,  Kisumu RFC defeated USIU Martial 19-3 while Shamas Foundation won 22-19 against Zetech.

 

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