Lenana's Abok targets semifinal berth at national championships

Abok said he will work on the kick chase game plan which did work during the regionals last week at Jamhuri

In Summary

•On route to the final they had dismissed Jamhuri High school 41-14 in the quarterfinal and then defeated bitter rivals Nairobi School 29-10 in the semifinal.

•The powerhouse side is making a return to the nationals after a 19 year hiatus after winning the regional crown last weekend at Jamhuri High school where they beat Upper Hill 6-5 in a tense action packed final.

Action between Lenana and Nairobi School during the Nairobi region championships at Jamhuri High School on March 22
Action between Lenana and Nairobi School during the Nairobi region championships at Jamhuri High School on March 22

Lenana School rugby head coach Nick Abok targets the semifinals of the national championships in Machakos next month.

Lenana return to the national championships for the first time in 19 years.

They booked the slot after beating Upper High School 6-5 over the weekend to win the Nairobi region championships at Jamhuri High School.

They dismissed Jamhuri High 41-14 in the quarterfinals and bitter rivals, Nairobi School, 29-10 in the semifinals.

Abok, a former Impala coach, will take a game at a time in Machakos.

"We have not been at the nationals since 2005. It's a proud achievement for this group of players, the culmination of a three-year journey. We celebrated on Saturday and Sunday but now the hard work starts,” said Abok.

Stern tests await from the likes of defending champions Butula, last year's runners-up All Saints from Embu and Kisii High.

“The three teams play a physical game. My boys have to work on their conditioning in the five to six days we have in training to help us compete with these teams at that level,” he added.

He will work on their kick-chase game plan, which was ineffective during the regional championships.

"Our kick-chase strategy did not work well so we have to go to the drawing and tweak it ahead of the nationals,” added Abok.

Meanwhile, Abok has praised Lenana old boys for their support, including food and other incentives last season.

"I would like to thank the school administration and old boys for supporting us for the last two years. We are grateful to reap the fruits of our hard work," added Abok.

Lenana resume training next week as they chase a fourth title after winning the 1990, 1994 and 1999 editions.