Kisii School defended their Nyanza region Prescott trophy after beating St Mary’s Yala School 7-5 in the tightly contested finals at Lions High School, Kisumu.
Yala proceeded to the finals after their semis opponents Homabay High School failed to show up at the venue, therefore they were handed a walkover.
On the other side, their counterpart Kisii School proved too good for their opponents Nyabondo High School defeating them 22-0 to secure a Finals slot.
Kisii School scorers
Kisii school were the first open the on score sheet, thanks to KSSSA MVP Matrix Matangi opener, Enosh Ondeki added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
Yala would later land what was seen as an equalizer in the dying minutes of the game but missed the two’s. The centre referee later signalled the end of the game 7-5 in favour of Kisii.
Speaking after the final whistle Yala’s coach Kenneth Mukok said the game was a building experience as they are in the process of rebuilding their team.
“We used this year’s Prescott to know how far our team has gotten. We haven’t trained for 15s for long as last term all our focus was in the 7s. The team is good and for sure next year we will give our opponents competition and try to secure a slot in 15s nationals.” Mukok told the Scrummage Africa.
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On the other hand, his Kisii counterpart Lee Arstone said that this year they are aiming higher and they are hoping to win the Prescott nationals which will be done later on in the month.
Kisii School targets
“My team has really worked hard and it has remained compact. After failing to reach the 7s nationals we embarked on serious training with the boys and that has truly reflected on today’s games,” he stated.
“Going into the nationals we are aiming for that trophy as last year’s nationals we failed to win after losing to Vihiga in the finals,” he added.
Kisii School will be joining Malindi High School, Koyonzo, who have already booked the national ticket, to be played at RFUEA later this month.
This year’s final will have a new winner after defending champions Vihiga failed to make it, losing to Koyonzo in the western region finals.