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Kenya win Elgon Cup despite loss to Uganda in Kampala

Saturday August 29 2009

Allan Masiko of Uganda(right) advance away from Kenya Wilson K'opondo and Anthony Ogot during the first round of Elgon Cup rugby match at RFUEA grounds. Kenya won the match 30-22. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO

Allan Masiko of Uganda(right) advance away from Kenya Wilson K'opondo and Anthony Ogot during the first round of Elgon Cup rugby match at RFUEA grounds. Kenya won the match 30-22. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO  

By NATION Correspondent in Kampala

Kenya Saturday lost 18-13 to neighbours Uganda the second led of the Elgon Cup in Kampala but still retained the annual home and way contest thanks to the 30-22 victory in the first leg in Nairobi two weeks ago.

Meanwile, South Africa captain John Smit said his team had proved their critics wrong by employing a more open running game in their 32-25 Tri-Nations win over Australia on Saturday.

The Springboks had been criticised by Australia and New Zealand for their reliance on kicking in their previous matches but scored four tries in Saturday’s win.

“It was pretty good and we got the result we wanted,” Smit said in a televised interview.

“We’ve said it all along. We’re going to do what’s necessary to win and tonight what was necessary was a bit of running and a few tries.”

Australia coach Robbie Deans said he was impressed by South Africa’s tactics and performance.

“They’ve always been a side that’s been capable of playing any which way they choose but their first priority is to win the Tri-Nations and they have done it and they have done it convincingly,” he said.

“They’re a difficult nut to crack. They’ve got a real presence about them and they defend well but the (Australian) boys showed at the death we’re not that far away.”

(Additional reporting by Reuters)

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