Saturday, July 25, 2009

Nakuru upset KCB in Kenya Cup rugby league

By THE PUNTER

Nakuru RFC on Saturday upset Kenya Commercial Bank 30-13 at the KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka to go up the top of the Kenya Cup rugby league table.

Also, Strathmore University recorded their first win with a narrow 28-24 win over the Nondescripts. In other matches beat Harlequins 25-16 while Mwamba overran Mean Machine 42-24.

Meanwhile, seven new players have been called up to the national women’s rugby team to start preparations for the first leg of Elgon Cup against Uganda on August 15 at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground.

Among the new call ups is Sharon Onyango, a sister to Lucas Onyango who plays Rugby League in Manchester for Oldham. Others are Rachel Wamoto, Catherine Abilla, Sylvia Kavere, Anita Kalemera and Esther Njue.

But, coach Sammy Kemmey will miss two key players - Anita Omondi and Nereah Awino - who are currently out of the country. The bulk of the 30 players named by Kemmey are from Mwamba Invaders with the rest from Ruaraka-based Vivi Girls.

The team has been training from February and used Safari Sevens as part of their build up. “The players have matured and are upbeat about the upcoming assignments,” the coach said. Celestine Navalayo, the women’s national team captain is encouraged by the steady growth of women’s rugby especially in schools.

On the international scene, New Zealand flyhalf Daniel Carter returned to the rugby field on Saturday, six months after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon while playing in France.

Carter played the full 80 minutes for Southbridge in their 34-13 victory over Hornby at Denton Oval in Canterbury club rugby and said he felt ready to turn out for his provincial side next week.

The 27-year-old ruptured his Achilles in January while playing for Perpignan in a six-month sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.

“You can do so much rehab and get in the gym and do speed work ... but until you’re out on the field its different so it’s a start and I really enjoyed it,” he told Television New Zealand. “I’ll see if Pens (Canterbury coach Rob Penney) wants me for next week. I’ll be available.”

Provisional Kenya women squad:

Stacy Awuor, Janet Midecha, Kezia Achieng, Maureen Minayo, Robinah Wambui, Sharon Onyango, Irene Namai (Vivi Girls), Celestine Navalayo, Catherine Abilla, Rachel Adhiambo, Judy Agengo, Irene Awino, Irene Nyakundi, Rachel Wamoto, Dorcus Ocholi, Emily Achieng, Camilyne Awuor, Adelaide Nasambu, Abedine Shikhoi, Mary Atieno, Mary Musieka, Esther Njue, Angela Olum, Doreen Remour, Millicent Opalla, Philadelphia Olando, Sylvia Kavere, Agnes Wanjiru, Anita Kalemera and Rebecca Kerubo (Mwamba Invaders).