Kenyan Vets overpower Ugandan in battle of legends

The Nondies Rugby legends address youngsters at Tatu City primary school. Photo Courtesy/Alex Njue
The Nondies Rugby legends address youngsters at Tatu City primary school. Photo Courtesy/Alex Njue

Kenyan Vets put up a dominant display to defeat Ugandan Vets 38-6 in a match played at the Legends in Uganda.

The legends made an impressive start to the game, with Felix Osiemo playing at the center position, burst through Uganda’s defense and scored a try right under the posts, which was successfully converted, giving Kenya a 7-0 lead.

Uganda, however, settled into the game and managed to win a penalty in Kenya’s territory. Unfortunately for them, Charles Onen’s kick failed to hit the target, denying Uganda any points on the board.

After the 20th-minute water break, Kenya gained possession from a line-out deep in Uganda’s territory. The Kenyan forwards formed a strong maul from the line-out and drove it towards Uganda’s try box, resulting in a try being scored by Derrick Wamalwa. Lavin Asego’s conversion attempt went wide, leaving the score at 12-0 in Kenya’s favor.

Kenya continued their dominant performance as Moses Mukabane reacted quickly to a ruck close to Uganda’s five-meter line, managing to land a third try for his team. Asego successfully converted the try, extending Kenya’s lead to 19-0.

Just before halftime, Uganda made a determined push to score, but they were thwarted by Kenya’s resilient defense. However, a knock-on by Uganda during a clear scoring chance resulted in the referee awarding them an advantage. Uganda chose to take the opportunity to go for points, and their kicker successfully converted, bringing the score to 19-3 in favor of Kenya at halftime.

From the break, Uganda got three more points but Kenya responded with a try for a 24-6 lead.

Kenya strengthened its lead with Andrew Amonde rising off the scrum in Uganda’s 22 and a beautiful switch of play saw him feed Humphrey Kayange for an easy dive try. The conversion attempt was good and Kenya moved to 31 points

Towards the end of the match, Kayange intercepted a pass had a break, and fed supporting Tyrell for a try that saw the Kenyans lead 38-6 after conversion.

The final try did not count as Uganda struggled to get more points on board. The teams are expected to face off later in the year for the return leg.

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