Kenya Legends completed a double over Uganda, picking a 69-18 aggregate win to lift the Legends Cup at RFUEA Grounds following a 31-12 win the second leg.
In the second leg of the match, the Kenyan team held a significant advantage following their commanding 38-6 victory in the initial encounter held in Uganda. Uganda faced an early setback when Timothy Mudoola had to leave the field due to injury, just seven minutes into the game.
Kenya Legends first try
Kenya made their first foray into Uganda’s 22 in the eighth minute, although they initially lost possession. However, a poor clearance by Uganda landed the ball in the hands of Lavin Asego, who launched an attack down the left side. Andrew Amonde then passed to Oliver Mang’eni, who swiftly raced over to score the opening try. Asego successfully converted the try, giving Kenya a 7-0 lead.
The score remained unchanged until the 35th minute when Kenya seized the ball from a ruck. As Uganda believed there was an infringement, Collins Injera capitalized on the situation, swiftly grabbing the ball and sprinting ahead.
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He then passed to Mang’eni and subsequently to Victor Sudi. Injera managed to score from the ruck, and Asego successfully converted the try, extending Kenya’s lead to 14-0.
Eddie Omondi later added Kenya’s third try, touching down in the left corner after a big carry which brought the score to 19-0 after a missed conversion attempt. Despite Uganda’s late efforts, they struggled to maintain possession on several occasions near Kenya’s try-line. As a result, Kenya maintained their 19-0 lead as they headed into halftime.
The start of the second half saw Kenya lose Jay Williams to injury after he injured himself when he attempted a step.
Uganda’s breakthrough came in the 48th after charging former 7s captain Michael Wokorach received the ball off the quick tap and went over for their opening try.
Uganda fought again and off the scrum, they landed their second try for a 19-12 scoreline off the scrum. The try served as a wake-up call for Kenya who went on to respond immediately at the other end with a try by George Mbaye for a 24-10 lead.
Kenya sealed their victory after a beautiful inside pass by Asego saw charging Sudi beat his marker and score under the posts for a try that was converted by Tito Oduk.
Kenya came to close to landing another try but Uganda stole posession.
Kenya Legends squad:
1Joel Ng’ang’a 2. Francis Mutuku 3. George Asin 4. Oliver Mangeni 5. Wilson Kopondo 6. Eddie Omondi © 7. Andrew Amonde 8. George Mbaye 9. Pete Tyrell 10. Lavin Asego 11. Collins Injera 12. Tito Oduk 13. Victor Sudi 14. Kevin Gachoka 15. Jay Williams
Replacements Odi Odera 17. Derrick Wamalwa 18. Sean Edwards 19. Lewi Maina 20. Edwins Makori 21. Moses Mukabane 22. Ben Nyambu 23. Francis Theuri 24. Felix Osiemo 25. Solomon Munyua 26. Mike Mutuku