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June ‘11 ISSUE

Kenya Rugby Union



Contributors: *

Michael Kwambo






Gishinga Njoroge

From the Chairman. Bamburi Rugby Super Series. Victoria Cup. Fifteens. Rugby 101

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Bamburi Super Series

Kenya Rugby Union

A RECAP OF THE 2011 BAMBURI RUGBY SUPER SERIES By Michael Kwambo Match Day One Saturday 30th April 2011 The 2011 Bamburi Rugby Super Series kicked off on Saturday 30th April with four matches at four venues in Kenya and Uganda. These opening weekend was characterized by big scores, recoveries and close results. Big scores The SDV Transami Cheetahs and the Lions were the beneficiaries of big scores, the Cheetahs pounding Uganda's Rwenzori 49-0 to top Pool B while the Lions registered a 36-8 win over the Coastal Bulls in Mombasa, a result that saw them lead Pool A. Recoveries Reigning champions UAP Rhinos almost threw away the lead against the Nguvu Sharks,allowing the Sharks to recover from 7-24 to 17-24 in an exciting Pool A fixture. The Rhinos finally got their act together, racing off with the 36-17 result. Close results The Mumias Sugar Buffaloes, whipping boys in 2010, acquitted themselves well in a difficult fixture away to Victoria in Kampala, eventually going 16-5, a marked improvement by their standards. At the end of match day one, it was the Lions and the SDV Transami Cheetahs leading Pool A and B respectively. Match Day Two Saturday 7th May 2011 The clash of the weekend was definitely the Pool A tie between the Nguvu Sharks and the table topping Lions. A win was essential for both sides and it was the Sharks who emerged victorious, rallying from 15-25 down to carry the day with a 32-25 win that significanlty boosted their chances of reaching the semis. The Lions picked up two bonus points in this match for scoring four tries and losing by seven or less points. This, coupled with the Rhinos 30-3 win over the Coastal Bulls in Mombasa meant that any three teams from the Rhinos, Lions and Sharks were all in with a chance of making the semi finals. The Cheetahs 18-14 win over Victoria all but booked them a semi final berth from Pool B while Rwenzori rallied from 14-17 to end the Buffaloes title hopes with a 28-17 win in Mumias, a result that revived their chances of making it to the semi finals.

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Bamburi Super Series

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Match Day Three Saturday 14th May 2011 There was all to play for, particularly in Pool A where the Rhinos,Lions and the Sharks were still in contention for the two semi final slots. A combination of factors were to be considered ahead of kick off. If the Rhinos lost to the Lions and failed to register a bonus point while the Sharks registered a bonus point win over the Bulls, then the Lions and the Sharks would sail through to the semis. If the Rhinos beat the Lions and the Sharks lost to the Bulls, then the Rhinos and the Lions would be sailing through to the semis. Now, if the Rhinos beat the Lions and the Sharks beat the Bulls, the Rhinos and the Sharks would be going through to the semis. The Rhinos would eventually get the better of the Lions, winning 24-19 in a closely contested fixture at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru while the Sharks cruised to a 22-0 win over the Bulls in Mombasa. These victories earned these two sides semi final qualification. With matters in Pool B a bit straightforward, Rwenzori edged out local rivals Victoria 11-8 in Kampala to book the other semi final slot while the already qualified Cheetahs consigned the Mumias Sugar Buffaloes to a 70-7 hiding at the RFUEA grounds. The semi final stage was set. The UAP Rhinos would play Rwenzori while the SDV Transami Cheetahs would play the Nguvu Sharks on Saturday 21st May 2011 at the RFUEA Grounds. Match Day Four Semi Finals Saturday 21st May 2011 With the field narrowed down to four, the UAP Rhinos were matched up against the Ugandan side Rwenzori in the day's early kick off at the RFUEA grounds. After a close first half that saw the Rhinos lead 14-7, a dramatic collapse by the Ugandans saw them capitulate to a 38-7 defeat, a result that meant no Ugandan side had ever reached the BRSS final since the country's debut in the tournament in 2009. For the Rhinos, it was passage to a fifth successful BRSS final since 2007 and their sixth overall. The SDV Transami Cheetahs pulled off a 22-7 win over the Nguvu Sharks, setting up a repeat final against the Rhinos who had defeated them 25-5 in the 2011 final. This was the Cheetahs fifth overall appearance in a BRSS final. Match Day Five Third Place Playoff Saturday 4th June 2011 This may not have been the title match but there was plenty a stake, a third place finish and the match up between Kenya's Nguvu Sharks and Uganda's Rwenzori set the stage for an exciting game of rugby.

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Bamburi Super Series

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Leading 14-7 at half time, the Ugandans would let their foot off the gas pedal, trailing 14-21 before late tries from Andrew Olweny and Hector Gutaka saw them run off with the 26-21 result that saw them finish third...the best performance by a Ugandan side since their BRSS debut back in 2009. Justine Kimono's early on the day saw him run off with the top try scorers title with five tries...double joy for the Ugandans. Final UAP Rhinos make it three in a row Edwin Makori's try in sudden death saw the UAP Rhinos retain the Bamburi Rugby Super Series title with a 20-15 win over a battling SDV Transami Cheetahs in a scintilating final played at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday 4th June 2011. Vincent Mose kicked the Cheetahs into an early 6-0 lead with two penalties before the Rhinos finally found their rhythm, pitching camp in their opponents 25. Naftali Bondo was played in by Isaac Adimo only to be stopped agonizingly short of the try line. Their pressure finally bore fruit when Allan Omuka,celebrating his birthday, went over for the first of his two tries. Adimo missed this conversion with the match finely poised, 65 to the Cheetahs.Another Mose penalty saw the Cheetahs, winners in 2004 and 2006, take a 9-5 lead into the interval. The second half would remain a carbon copy of the first, a close encounter, neither side really getting a foothold on the day's proceedings. Mose's fourth penalty saw the Cheetahs extend their lead to 12-5 and this seemed to set the tone for a frenetic end to the match, both sides realizing what was at stake. The Rhinos managed to retain their composure and discipline in the rucks and maul while the Cheetahs kept knocking at their opponents door, seeking to make the game safe. Such was the intensity of the match that Nick Lang'o had to stretchered off after colliding with the Cheetahs John Ahenda. An unconverted try from Omuka reduced the deficit to 12-10 before scrum half Edwin Achayo gave the Rhinos the lead for the first time in this match, Adimo missing the conversion with the scores at 15-12. Nato Simiyu's forty yard break with two minutes of regulation play left saw the Cheetahs attack and win a penalty off a Rhino's infringement that saw Wilson Kopondo sent to the sin bin.. Mose stepped up to send his kick between the sticks, tying the game at 15-15 with the buzzer going off, signalling the end of regulation time. The tension in the air was palpable heading into extra. It was going to take something special to clinch this tie and Makori served it up, grounding the ball to hand Rhinos a third successive BRSS title, which raises their tally of titles to five. This was a historic final for a number of reasons, the first final to be decided in sudden death extra, the lowest scoring final in BRSS history and the final that saw a team win three straight titles. All in all, it was a good indictment for Kenyan rugby. Vincent Mose, whose fifteen points in the final saw him finish one point behind Adimo in the points scorers chart was voted man of the match while Nick Lang'o claimed the man of the series award.

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Bamburi Super Series BRSS Final Day Stats Final UAP Rhinos 20 SDV Transami Cheetahs 15 3rd Place Playoff Rwenzori 26 Nguvu Sharks 21 Man of the Series Nick Lang'o UAP Rhinos Top Points Scorer Isaac Adimo UAP Rhinos 43 points Top Try Scorer Justine Kimono Rwenzori 5 tries Previous Rugby Super Series Final Results 2011: Rhinos 20 Cheetahs 15 2010: Rhinos 25 Cheetahs 5 2009: Rhinos 30 Buffaloes 13 2008: Lions 33 Rhinos 9 2007: Rhinos 28 Lions 20 2006:Cheetahs 29 Lions 27 2005: Buffaloes 27 Lions 25 2004:Cheetahs 32 Lions 22 2003: Rhinos 27 Cheetahs 11 Titles Rhinos 5 (2003,2007,2009,2010,2011) Cheetahs 2 (2004, 2006) Lions 1 (2008) Buffaloes 1(2005) Most Decorated Players in BRSS History Daniel Kiptoo, Vincent Ongera, Joel Nganga UAP Rhinos -(5 titles- 2003,2007,2009,2010,2011)

Kenya Rugby Union

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From The Chairman Development initiatives taking place at the Kenya Rugby Union

Kenya Rugby Union

The KRU General Manager's post will, as soon as possible, be

Following satisfactory performances by a Kenya Select XV against the visiting South African provincial side Mpumalanga on Wednesday 8


advertised for competitive filling. Instructively,

June 2011 and the Kenyan national team on Saturday 11 June 2011,

Deloitte Touché is the

early signs are that the Kenya Rugby Union's efforts to revamp the

International Rugby

sport, both in performance and administration, are well founded and on

Board (IRB) advisors on


governance, we are

Benefits of KRU's interaction with Mpumalanga

grateful to the Deloitte

Immediate benefits of KRU's interaction with the Mpumalanga Pumas

Kenya office for the

have started being felt rolling in; and they include:

invaluable assistance.



The Pumas agreement to provide personnel to develop the national team's “front five”. Our technically efficient visitors have said they will offer assistance, on a continual basis, to

Governance changes at the KRU will continue being implemented during the current off-season to enable a fresh start ahead of the incoming 2011/2012 season.

train our players in this key area. The recent IRB Sevens World Series and our high profile Bamburi ·

Three talented players, aged between 20 and 23, will be taken under Mpumalanga's wings to play professional rugby in South Africa. The Pumas will undertake to always release

Rugby Super Series competitions have drawn to their conclusions. It was important to wait for the completion of those events before embarking on the re-structuring exercise.

them, and ONLY, for national duty. Behind the scenes, the KRU's implementation of promised concrete measures to change the way it has operated in the last few years is in progress. This is geared towards bringing efficiency in the management

The new season, including the top draw Safaricom Sevens in November, should find improved administrative practices and procedures well in place.

of the union with the key objective of raising the standards of Kenyan rugby under the theme of “More Rugby, Quality Rugby”, with serious focus on the players.

Formation of Sub-Unions Work has meanwhile started on the formation of the approved subunions; namely, Western Kenya, Coast and Kenyan Universities. I am

Administrative Changes The KRU Board recently unanimously resolved to make administrative changes at its secretariat. The incumbent KRU General Manager was given leave pending staff restructuring. His duties are being performed by a replacement on temporary capacity.

glad to note that Mr. Oscar Oyowo, Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the formation of the Western Kenya Union, has given an assurance that the sub-union will be constituted and up-and-running in due course. I would also like to point out that Western Kenya, Coast and the University of Nairobi teams will take part in next season's Kenya Cup, the country's top league competition.

Deloitte Touché, audit, consulting, financial and tax advisory service providers , are currently assisting the KRU in resolving critical business issues through the provision of a unique blend of operational and advisory skills including human resource deployment.

Yours Sincerely Mwangi Muthee Chairman, Kenya Rugby Union

June ‘11 ISSUE

Victoria Cup

Kenya Rugby Union

Kenya open Victoria Cup defense away to Zimbabwe By Michael Kwambo Kenya start their Victoria Cup defense with a fixture away to Zimbabwe on Saturday 25th June 2011 in the city of Bulawayo, 439 kms south west of the capital city Harare. Kenya's previous visits to Bulawayo ended in a 15-24 defeat to their hosts on Saturday 24th July 2004. They also fell 56-7 to Zimbabwe at the same venue in 1984. The two sides have met eleven times before, twelve, if you throw in the 1982 fixture that pitted Zimbabwe against an East Africa touring side entirely made up of Kenyan players.The Zimbabweans have dominated the head to head count with seven wins,eight if you include the win over East Africa in 1982, Kenya winning the other four. Kenya have dominated recent proceedings, emerging victorious in four out of their five meetings with Zimbabwe since 2002. Kenya prepared for this fixture with two build up matches against Currie Cup side, the Ford Pumas from Mpumalanga in South Africa, their select side going down 22-48 with the national side going down 27-41. The Kenyans may have lost the fixture but acquitted themselves well, and this should serve as a great psychological boost ahead of the visit to Matabeleland. The Zimbabweans were next door in Kampala, Uganda, taking part in the Confederation of African Rugby's Division 1 B tournament, which they won after posting a 25-15 win over hosts Uganda, a match that doubled up as a Victoria Cup fixture. They would follow this up with a 49-0 win over Madagascar, a result that saw them win the CAR Division 1B title. Saturday's clash in the heartland of Zimbabwean rugby promises to be another exciting encounter, pretty much keeping with recent tradition that has seen encounters between the two sides decided by a margin of nine points or less. The Zimbabweans will be out to avenge an 18-23 loss that saw Kenya not only register their maiden win on Zimbabwean soil, but also lift the 2010 Victoria Cup with a perfect record, having vanquished Uganda and Zimbabwe home and away. Kenya Head Coach Michael "Tank" Otieno will name his touring party on Tuesday 21st June 2011 at the RFUEA Grounds. Kenya v Zimbabwe: - Previous results Zimbabwe 18 Kenya 23 (17th July 2010, Harare) Kenya 11 Zimbabwe 10 (12th June 2010, Nairobi) Zimbabwe 24 Kenya 15 (24th July 2004, Bulawayo) Kenya 32 Zimbabwe 24 (25th May 2003, Nairobi) Kenya 19 Zimbabwe 12 ( 28th September 2002, Nairobi) Kenya 7 Zimbabwe 42 (3rd July 1993, Nairobi) Zimbabwe 56 Kenya 9 (13th August 1989, Harare) Kenya 12 Zimbabwe44 (7th August 1987, Nairobi) Kenya 13 Zimbabwe 15 (1st May 1985, Nairobi) Zimbabwe 56 Kenya 7

(1984, Bulawayo)

*Zimbabwe 15 East Africa 12

(27th March, 1982, Harare)

*the East African side was entirely made up of Kenyan players Kenya 24 Zimbabwe 33 ( 7th July 1981,Nairobi)

Kenya 15s team

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Kenya comes out proud at end of Pumas two-match tour By Gishinga Njoroge

KENYA coach Michael “Tank” Otieno and his squad received instant praise and backing of the Kenya Rugby Union chairman, Mwangi Muthee, following the team's hard battle with South African Ford Pumas on Saturday 11th June 2011 which the Pumas won 41-27. In an earlier first of two “Test” matches, Pumas beat the Kenya Select XV 48-22 in Nairobi last Wednesday. Just a year ago, Pumas were pummeling Kenya 101-7 in South Africa. An elated Muthee, recently elected the KRU chairman, under the pledge of making widespread changes in the administration of the sport and improving the standards of skill and welfare of players, said he could not have asked for a more immediate response to his crusade than the dedication of the national team players and their managers in the past few weeks. “I have the confidence in 'Tank'. He, his fellow coaches and players have shown the intention to turn a new leaf. They had devoted preparations despite being faced with the prospect of meeting an awesome Pumas' side which obliterated our national team last year. These results are excellent. South African rugby is one to be admired and emulated. They are, after all, the world champion nation. “I am sure Jimmy Stonehouse [Pumas coach] will acknowledge that Kenya have been willing to learn from the Pumas' lessons of last year. These boys gave their all against highly skilled Pumas in this week's back-to-back tour matches.” Kenya's improvement will continue, Muthee said, and he sighted the good performance of up to five young players who made their debut for the full Kenya national side on Saturday. “Our schools are producing good talent and a well-structured programme to tap and retain the players has been well mapped out by the KRU Development Manager, Fred Ollows, whose work we are also absolutely impressed by.” The KRU Chairman said, contrary to opinion expressed elsewhere, that Ollows was one of the most crucial assets of the Kenyan game. “We shall give him all the support. I don't think his input was fully utilized in the past. Personally I am excited at what results Ollows will bring on the table if the KRU backs his already designed programmes.” Kenya had a gritty game against the Pumas on Saturday, coming back from an early set-back and 7-0 down in the second minute, to lead 10-7 from the ninth minute to the 22nd. Again down 10-14 in on 22 minutes, they regained the lead [15-14] in the 25th before relinquishing it 15-19 at half time. The Pumas must have received excellent pep talk from Stonehouse during the break to storm back with two quick tries after the second half kicked off, and led 15-29. However a stabilized Kenya took the battle to the South Africans and a good crowd at the RFUEA [Rugby Football Union of East Africa] ground was kept on the edges of the seats in an action-packed final 30 minutes of the match. Pundits viewed the two rare tour matches as a boon to Kenya's preparations for upcoming internationals against Zimbabwe and Uganda, and the CAR [Confederation of African Rugby] tournament, also involving Morocco, Tunisia and Namibia, in November.

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The Kenya Women's XV commenced training in May in readiness for their upcoming July internationals against

The Kenya Sevens national team completed their

rivals Uganda in the Elgon Cup .

2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series with victory in the Edinburgh Sevens in Scotland, the last leg of the

Speaking to the Kenya Rugby Union, Head Coach Sammy

series. The result saw Kenya finish in ninth position,

Kemmey said that he had three new call ups to the side,

garnering 16 points from the legs they participated in.

namely Immaculate Nduta and Damima Duffield from Mwamba RFC and Vivi's Alice Akinyi.

Lavin Asego secured the points for Kenya, scoring at the death in the final against Scotland, handing the home

Kemmey added ,” I think we are ready for it more than ever,

boys a 21-14 win over a side that had edged them to the

the team still has their work cut out for them..we will work

London Sevens bowl title a week earlier.

harder than ever in preparation for the fixtures against our opponents. The team has witnessed massive growth with

Kenya booked their final berth with a 40-0 win over

each passing year. I am particularly pleased to see my key

Spain in the semis. They had earlier edged the USA 17-

players maturing into leaders after being inexperienced

15 in a pulsating bowl quarter final encounter.

squad members years ago. Most of the players have been involved in the Dubai Seven's tournament, some for their

Kenya's results in Scotland

first or second, but they've all been exposed to rugby at an international level. This makes us a wiser group now in

Day One

terms of preparedness for international tournaments. We

Saturday 28th May 2011

however need to look beyond playing Uganda…we need

Kenya 38 Canada 5

more international games to further expose our players and

Kenya 14 South Africa 31

technical bench.”

Kenya 7 Australia 14

Kenya Women:

Kenya dropped to bowl by virtue of placing third in Pool

Aberdeen Shikoyi, Adelaide Nasambu,Angela Olum,Anita

C, failing to make the main cup quarter finals

Omondi, Camilyne Awuor, Catherine Abila, Celestine Navbalayo, Clementina Atieno, Doreen Remuor,

Day Two

Immaculate Nduta, Alice Akinyi, Mary Otieno, Millicent

Sunday 29th May 2011

Opala,Philadelphia Olando, Janet Owino, Damima Duffield,

Bowl Qtrs

Rebecca Kerubo (Mwamba), Florence Awuor, Janet

Kenya 17 USA 15

Midecha, Maureen Minayo, Keziah Achieng Ogada,

Bowl Semis

Robinah Wambui, Stacy Awuor, Sylvia Kabere, Rachel

Kenya 40 Spain 0

Adhiambo (Vivi), Irene Awino, Mary Musieka (Rovers)

Bowl Final

Coach: Sammy Kemmey, Team Manager: Yvonne Makwali

Kenya 21 Scotland 14

June ‘11 ISSUE

Rugby 101

Kenya Rugby Union

Our previous edition covered rugby terms falling between M-R.

side of the pitch. The non-contact version of rugby is also

This month's edition looks at terms falling between S and X

commonly called touch.

*Scrum *- the formation used in the set play re-starting play after

*Touch judge* - an official posted on each side of the pitch to

a knock-on or forward pass. The forwards from each side bind

mark the spot where balls go out of touch and to judge kicks at

together and then the two packs come together to allow the

goal. The touch judge is also instrumental in pointing out any

scrumhalf with the feed to deliver the ball to the scrum. A scrum

serious violence infractions not seen by the referee and in major

can also be awarded or chosen in different circumstances by the

matches is in radio contact with him.


*Tri-Nations *- the annual competition between the national

*Scrum down* - the coming together of the scrum.

men's teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

*Scrum-half *- the back wearing No.9 who normally feeds the

*Try *- a score of five points awarded when the ball is carried or

ball into a scrum and retrieves the ball at the base of scrums,

kicked across the tryline and touched down to the ground by a

rucks, and mauls. Can also be called the half-back.


*Scrummaging *- the process of setting and completing a scrum.

*Try line *- the goal line extending across the pitch.

*Sevens* - a form of rugby union invented in Scotlandand played

*Tunnel *- the gap between the front rows in a scrum or the gap

with only seven total players, usually three forwards and four

between the two lines of forwards in a lineout.

backs. Each half typically last only seven minutes but can be

*Turnover*- when one side takes possession of the ball from their

longer. The lack of numbers usually results in a free-flowing



*Union* - another name for the most popular form of rugby

*Sin Bin* - the naughty corner where all players who have been

featuring 15, 10, or 7 players per side. The local, provincial, or

yellow carded sit all alone for 10 minutes.

national organizing body for rugby competition is also often called

*Six Nations* - the annual tournament from January through

a union.

March between the national men's teams of England ,Wales,

*Up and Under* - a tactical kick which is popped very high but

Scotland ,Ireland, France and Italy.

not far,allowing the kicker and supporting players to easily run

*Springboks* - the national team of South Africa.

underneath it for recovery. The kick is intended to put heavy

*Super Rugby* - the annual tournament between the best

pressure on any opposition player attempting to catch the ball.

provincial teams of Australia , New Zealand, and South Africa.

Also called a Garryowen.

*Take* - a well executed catch of a kicked ball.

*Victoria Cup-* *- the annual competition between the national

*Tap Penalty* - a quickly taken penalty where a player taps the

men's teams of Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

ball a couple of inches with his foot and immediately catches it

*Wallabies* - the national team of Australia.

and surges forward, done to catch the opposition unawares.

*Webb Ellis Trophy* - the trophy awarded to the winners of the

*Tens* - a form of rugby union played with only ten total players.

Rugby World Cup named after William Web Ellis.

Each half typically last only 10 minutes but can be longer. Games

*Yellow card* - a player who receives a yellow card from the

are almost always played during tournaments.

referee has to leave the pitch for ten minutes at sit in the Sin Bin.

*Test* - the name typically used for matches between two

This is usually given for dangerous, persistent or cynical breaches

national teams. The match can also be called an international.

of the rules. If the offence is more serious then he can be red

*Tight Five *- a common name for all of the front (props and


hooker) and second row (locks) forwards. Also known as Front

*XV *- a common identifier for the first fifteen selected players of a


club or team. A team can also use XV in their name, pronounced

*Touch, touchline* - the out of bounds line that runs on either

as fifteen.

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