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Rugby titles for Kakamega, St Peters

SPORTS By Elizabeth Mburugu | September 2nd 2016

Kakamega High School recaptured their East Africa rugby 15s title with one match to spare having won four out of their five round robin duels. Determined to end a two-year trophy drought that saw them struggle to finish third in 2014 and fourth in 2015, the Kenyan students were in a class of their own.

Their first task was to avenge their defeat to national champions and arch-rivals Bungoma High, which they executed diligently and snatched their first victory 21-9. Next was Moi Sirgoi where they grabbed maximum points with a 10-9 win. There was no stopping Wiseman Aganya’s charges as they dismissed Namilyango of Uganda 15-9 and Makerere 19-3 to seize the trophy they last won in 2013.

Aganya said although the results of their last round robin match against Hana Mixed of Uganda would not change anything, they would go full throttle because they wanted to finish unbeaten. “We will play like our fate depends on this match because we want to lift the trophy without dropping a single point.”

In Sevens rugby, St Peters won their maiden regional title following their 21-14 conquest of Uganda’s Kololo. National champions Laiser Hill finished fourth after falling 19-7 to Upper Hill in third place playoffs.

In volleyball, national girls title holders AIC Kosirai had the last laugh as they exerted sweet revenge on last year’s champions GS Indagaburezi, ending their reign as regional champions. The Kenyan girls could not let go of their chance to avenge their 3-1 loss to the Rwandans in the 2015 semis. Kosirai turned the tables, ousting Indagaburezi 3-0 in sets of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14 to set an all-Kenyan final with rivals Soweto Academy.

Soweto on the other hand laboured to a 3-2 (25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25 and 21-19) win over six-time East Africa champions in a scintillating tie that lasted over two hours.

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