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Friday, July 21, 2017

Maseno off to a flying start in rugby 7s at Nyanza regional games

Okoth Otieno of Maseno evades a tackle from a Kangaru opponent during a past match
Okoth Otieno of Maseno evades a tackle from a Kangaru opponent during a past match /FILE

Nyanza region secondary schools rugby 7’s champions Maseno School started their title defence on a positive note, beating St Joseph’s Rapogi 21-7 at Maranda School yesterday.

Maseno had a flying start with Cedrick Andika touching down and Brian Ayimba converting.

Fred Okoth added the second try which Ayimba converted again.

Leon Nyang’ scored the first try for Rapogi after evading several tackles to touch down as George Obala converted.

The game went into the breather with Maseno leading 14-7.

In the second half, Benjamin Okeyo increased Maseno’s tally with a try which was converted by Ian Andy to hand Maseno a 21-7 win. Rapogi recovered from the loss to beat Kisii School 19-12 while Uriri lost their second consecutive game, going down 0-7 to Nyabondo. Rapogi coach Enock Mokua said: “Maseno outclassed my boys but being the first game I’m not worried.”

In another match, Kisii County champions Cardinal Otunga High School, Mosocho hit St Pius Uriri 24-0 while Agoro Sare had a hard fought 12-7 win over St Paul’s Gekano 12-7.

Homa Bay Boys defeated Nyambaria School 19-0. Boys’ handball defending champions started their title defence on losing note, going down 25-31 to Oriwo. Giants Maseno School also started their campaign on a losing note succumbing to a 23-24 defeat to minnows Rang’ala in a tension packed match. Kanyawanga upset St. Mary’s Yala 21-15.

Girls’ defending champions St. Ann’s Sega were in a class of their own, beating debutants Radienya 30-6 while Kisumu’s Kirembe beat Marindi 3-15. Anyiko defeated St. Mary’s Mabera 20-15.

In under-16 football, reigning East Africa secondary schools champions Barding had a flying start thumping Masosa 5-0 in a one sided match. Wera defeated Mbita High 3-0 while Oruba upset Kisii County’s Gesero 1-0. Favourites Kisumu Day narrowly beat Migori County’s Kodero Bara 1-0. In the girls ‘category, holders Abwao walloped Hawinga 5-0 while last year’s runners up Kobala defeated Gekomoni 2-0.

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