Kakamega High retain Western Region rugby 15s title


An official reacts during the rugby 15s semi-final between Kakamega High and Menengai High. (PHOTO/...
An official reacts during the rugby 15s semi-final between Kakamega High and Menengai High. (PHOTO/Alex Kinyua)

In Summary

  • High School rugby titans Kakamega have retained their 15s title after defeating Koyonzo 17-3 in the final as curtains came down on the Western Region Games on Thursday
  • The triumph capped a breezing unbeaten run for the champions who had swept aside Nambale 62-0 in the semi-finals. Koyonzo were 16-0 winners over Chesamisi in the other semis clash

High School rugby titans Kakamega have retained their 15s title after defeating Koyonzo 17-3 in the final as curtains came down on the Western Region Games on Thursday.

The triumph capped a breezing unbeaten run for the champions who had swept aside Nambale 62-0 in the semi-finals. Koyonzo were 16-0 winners over Chesamisi in the other semis clash.

Kakamega head coach Amos Wamanga said his boys were determined to carry their success past the national level.

“We worked hard for the win, it was not easy but due to determination and team spirit we were able to win. Our opponents were tough and equal to the task. We are going to work extra hard for the national championship which we believe will be more competitive,” Wamanga said.

In last year’s national championship that was held in Kangaru School Embu, Kakamega finished second runners up.

On his part, Koyonzo head coach Eliud Okwemba said he was a happy man for the achievement his team has made in reaching the final.

“We did extremely well from the start of the championship defeating big schools. One of the reasons we lost in the final is because we played many games compared to Kakamega, having played yesterday two matches while they were resting since they played their semi final on Tuesday,” Okwemba added.

Koyonzo were forced to play two extra matches for them to qualify for the final. They had played their semi final on Tuesday against Chesamisi where they drew 3-3 and they were to repeat the match on Wednseday; but since Bungoma Boys’ appeal went through they were to play again against Bungoma yesterday before playing Chesamisi in the semis.

Kakamega dominated this year’s rugby winning both sevens aside and 15s aside. In sevens aside they hammered Vihiga Boys 21-10 in the final.

All eyes are now on the national championship that will be held in Mombasa County next month.

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