Polo: Samurai off to sound start in International tourney

By Ben Ahenda: Saturday, September 21st 2019 at 06:00 GMT +3 | Sports
Samurai's Hansi Bruins (left) and Harry Stichbury of Ultimate Security during Nairobi International Polo tournament at Nairobi Polo Club on Sunday, September 15, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Samurai defeated Toyota 9-6 as they made a formidable start in the White Cap Kenya International Polo Championships, which started at Nairobi Polo Club yesterday.

Starting the match from an equal footing of handicap 14 for both teams, both of them were determined to win it but it was the Samurai team of South African Tom De Bruins(6), Tanzanian Hansi Bruins(3.5), Raphael Nzomo(2.5) and Jules Camm(2.5) both of Kenya who carried the day.

Tom De Bruins scored five goals, Hansi and Nzomo a double for the winners spread in the four chukkas.

The tournament is coming at a time most of these players had participated in the 6-Goal Nairobi International Championships last weekend.

The opening win was a blessing for Samurai who had earlier promised to carry the day to increase their chances of lifting the title. The tournament is played in a round-robin format.

By winning it, Samurai takes the lead in table standings with three points from a match and are determined to win their next two matches for them to win the title in style according to Nzomo (Raphael) who was instrumental with quite a number of assists yesterday.

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Toyota team members included handicap 4 South African Guy Watson and the Kenyan trio of Jamie Murray(5), Craig Millar(3.5) and Joss Craig(2).

Samurai face handicap 13.5 White Cap Lite this afternoon in their second match which they will be chasing victory and make their third match against White Cap tomorrow a formality.

Samurai against White Cap Lite will be at 1.30 pm while White Cap has a date with Toyota at 4 pm. 

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