SCHOOLS: Butula face Kitondo test as Lenana play All Saints in rugby semis

Butula Boys High School's Michael Lukusi is tackled by All Saints High School during Kenya Secondary Schools sports Association Rugby match Term One games in Machakos County. April 11, 2024. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Defending champions in hockey, handball, basketball and rugby all booked their semi-final spots at the Brookside KSSSA National Term One games set to end on Saturday in Machakos after winning their final preliminary group matches on Thursday.

National rugby defending champions Butula Boys saw off All Saints Embu 12-9 to top Group A and qualify for the semis alongside All Saints Embu as Nyanza champions Kisii School and St Patrick’s Iten were sent packing.

Butula finished top with 11 points followed by All Saints with 10 points while Kisii School went home with seven points and Iten without a point.

“We started the championships rather slowly after the draw against Kisii School, a draw I could say was beneficial to us since we had to change our tactics and be more ruthless and clinical.

“It is not yet done and we are looking forward to the semi,” said Butula coach Fredrick Shimenga.

Butula will face off against Kitondo from Eastern in the semifinals in what is expected to be a tough match.

On the other hand, All Saints Embu who are the Eastern Region champions will renew their rivalry with Lenana School in the second semifinal.

KSSSA National Rugby semis

Butula Boys v Kitondo School

All Saints Embu v Lenana School

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