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Rhinos succumb to a narrow 7-0 defeat against host Rwenzori in Kampala

RUGBY By BS Mulavi | May 13th 2012

By BS Mulavi

Lions Coach Meli Wanibuli insists it is not time to celebrate despite their emphatic 15-8 victory over Sharks, which guaranteed them a quarterfinal berth in the Bamburi Rugby Super Series.

“We are playing every game like a Cup final and we do not want to look too far ahead,” he said. “We have every intention of winning the tournament, but first we have to play each game and gradually ensure we win,” he added.

Lions got a scare from the students who were well drilled by Head Coach Paul Odera but their experience and patience finally paid off restricting any damage the Green Shirts made to their smooth play.

The Lions are looking forward to their last crunch match against the Cheetahs next weekend, who have also won their first two groups games to qualify for the quarterfinals from their Pool.

It will be this match against the Lions that will decide who will lead the table as they head to the knockout stages.

“It’s was a great victory today, but now it’s back to work for the squad as we look at our tie against the Cheetahs in a game that we find equally important as any other game we have played so far,” said Meli.

Meli said the team was keen to clinch the title and nothing will distract them from that mission.

“Of course our aim of playing the tournament is to go all the way to the final and win it. But we need not be over confident, because it can work against us. We have to be cautious,” he added.

Good positioning

The Lions were organised in the break down area and are likely to be a worthy adversary to the defending champions Rhinos, dubbed the ultimate contenders to the title.

Rhinos succumbed to a narrow 7-0 defeat to Rwenzori in Kampala, thereby making their chances of making it to the quarterfinals very much dependent on their last match against charged Buffaloes next Saturday.

The Buffaloes saw their chances dimmed after they went down 17-7 on home turf against Victoria of Uganda at the Mumias Grounds.

The result means Rwenzori qualify for the quarterfinal while any of the other two teams - Rhinos and Victoria - can still clinch a slot in the last eighth round.

For Sharks and Coastal Bulls next weekend will be a matter of pride and glory as the teams lock horns.

The only inspiration will be the prospect of impressing the national team coach for a possible selection to the Kenya 15s team.

The coaches will now go back to the drawing board ahead of next weekend action, where some teams will be playing for pride, while others still have a chance to make the cut.

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