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Upper Hill thump Nairobi School in Prescott Cup

Saturday May 26 2018

St Mary's School's Brian Maliti and William Waihenya (front-left) pose for photos with participating team captains during the launching of 2018 Prescott Cup on May 5, 2018 at St Mary's School. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

St Mary's School's Brian Maliti and William Waihenya (front-left) pose for photos with participating team captains during the launching of 2018 Prescott Cup on May 5, 2018 at St Mary's School. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Defending champions Upper Hill crushed Nairobi School 22-0 to enhance their chances of retaining the title during the second leg of Homeboyz Prescott Cup rugby festival at Lenana School on Saturday.

Upper Hill, who cornered Ofafa Jericho 21-13 during the first leg of the festival a fortnight ago at Nairobi School, led 5-0 at the break before dismantling Nairobi School in the Pool “A” duel.

Ofafa recovered from Upper Hill’s defeat to thrash Strathmore 23-5 after leading 8-5 at the break in the other Pool “A” duel.

Prop Sylvester Ambani touched down a try while fly-half Brian Datilla curled over a penalty to give Ofafa the first half lead against Strathmore’s try by outside centre Ryan Mule.

Eighth man Celestine Otieno would complete a brace in the second half with left wing Isaac Maloba going for another try as Ofafa triumphed.

Dagoretti upheld their dominance in Damu Pevu, crushing Highway 61-0 after they had previously thumped Aquinas 60-0. Also to win the Damu Pevu match wax Lang’ata, who edged out Mutumu 36-8.

In Damu Changa, Upperhill II drew with Nairobi II 10-10 while Strathmore II lost to Ofafa II 10-5.

This year’s Championships has adapted a new festival format approach unlike the previous years where the tournament was held across Nairobi.

Nairobi School hosted the first festival with Lenana School hosting the second festival on Saturday.

However, Prescott Committee chairman Mwangi Karimi revealed that the format is meeting bottlenecks owing to the change in National Schools Games.

Karimi said they will now meet on Monday to see how they will harmonise the championships with Second Term School Games so as to avoid walkovers.

“Most teams had to play their Second Term matches before coming to Lenana for Prescott Cup,” said Karimi. “The change for School Games format has affected us.”

Prescott Cup will from next year break its Nairobi boundaries to four other regions in Nyanza, Rift Valley, Eastern and Coast