Leos emerge Great Rift 10-a-side rugby champions

Strathmore beat Kabras in final of annual 10-a-side tourney in Nakuru.

Sunday March 27 2016

Strathmore Leos celebrate after beating Kabras Sugar 10-0 to win the Top Fry Great Rift 10-a-side Rugby tournament Main Cup title at the Nakuru ASK Showground on March 27, 2016.  PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Strathmore Leos celebrate after beating Kabras Sugar 10-0 to win the Top Fry Great Rift 10-a-side Rugby tournament Main Cup title at the Nakuru ASK Showground on March 27, 2016. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By FRANCIS MUREITHI
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Tony Owuor scored a try in each half to help Strathmore Leos crash Kabras Sugar 10-0 to win the 27th edition of Great Rift 10-a-side rugby tournament at the Agricultural Society of Kenya Showground in Nakuru on Sunday.

It was sweet victory for Leos who first won the trophy in 2009 and emerged joint winners with Mwamba in the 2010 edition. In 2011, Leos were again joint champions with Nakuru, same as in 2012 when they again shared the title with Mwamba.

Kabras Sugar, playing with confidence, overwhelmed Kenya Harlequin 8-5 in the semis to reach the final while Strathmore humiliated hosts Nakuru 10-0 to advance.

Sensing more humiliation, the crestfallen Nakuru failed to take the field for their third place play-off match against Quins to complete a poor showing on their home turf.

QUINS DISMISSED IMPALA

Earlier in the quarter-finals, Quins dismissed  Impala 12-0, Kabras Sugar were made to sweat before outplaying Technical University of Kenya 12-7 while Strathmore showed little respect for Homeboyz, winning 12-0. Hosts Nakuru beat KCB 10-7 in in the last quarter-final match. Catholic monks won the Bowl final after beating the University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine 8-5.

In Bowl semi-finals, Mean Machine outplayed Egerton University 22-0, while Catholic Monks outplayed USIU 7-5.

In the first quarter-final match of the Bowl category, Brumbies lost 5-10 to Egerton University while Mean Machine beat JKUAT 26-0 and Catholic University beat Eldoret 20-0.

Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) won the Shield title after crashing Brumbies 24-0.

To reach the final of the Shield category, Brumbies beat  JKUAT 15 -6 while KCA hit Eldoret 5-0 in the second semi-finals.

In the Plate finals, KCB outplayed Impala 19-5 to to lift the crown.

Impala beat Technical University of Kenya 26-12 in the semi-finals while in the second semi-final match, KCB whipped Homeboyz 7-0 to qualify for the finals. 

Nakuru beat Mount Kenya University (Nairobi Campus) 14-5 to lift Division Two title.

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