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May ‘11 ISSUE

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May ‘11 ISSUE

Kenya Rugby Union

Bamburi Super Series Bamburi Rugby Super Series kicks off th

Match Day One: Saturday 30 April 2011 The 2011 Bamburi Rugby Super Series kicked off on Saturday 30th April with four matches in three venues in Kenya and Uganda. The fancied UAP Rhinos, SDV Transami Cheetahs and the Lions all had winning starts while the Mumias Sugar Buffaloes restricted their Ugandan hosts Victoria to a 16-5 result. Collated BRSS Match Day One Results POOL A Nguvu Sharks 17 UAP Rhinos 36 Coastal Bulls 8 Lions 36 POOL B Victoria 16 Mumias Sugar Buffaloes 5 SDV Transami Cheetahs 49 Rwenzori 0 Match Day Two: Saturday 7th May 2011 Defending champions UAP Rhinos and the SDV Transami Cheetahs all but secured semi final berths after registering their second successive victories on match day two in the Bamburi Rugby Super Series. The Rhinos romped to a 30-3 win over home side Coastal Bulls at the Mombasa Sports Club while Ian Indimuli's two tries led the Cheetahs to a narrow 18-14 win over Victoria in Kampala, Uganda. The two sides are perched atop Pools A and B respectively. RESULTS POOL A Coastal Bulls 3 UAP Rhinos 30 Nguvu Sharks 32 Lions 25 POOL B Victoria 14 SDV Transami Cheetahs 18 Mumias Sugar Buffaloes 17 Rwenzori 28

Standings as at 7th May 2011 POOL A P W RHINOS 2 2 LIONS 2 1 SHARKS 2 1 BULLS 2 0

D 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 1 2

F 66 61 49 11

A 20 40 61 66 -

GD 46 21 12 55

BONUS 2 3 1 0

PTS 10 7 5 0

BONUS 1 1 0 0

PTS 9 5 4 0

POOL B CHEETAHS VICTORIA RWENZORI BUFFALOES

P 2 2 2 2

W 2 1 1 0

D 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 1 2

F 67 30 28 22

A 14 23 66 44 -

GD 53 7 38 22


May ‘11 ISSUE

Sevens

Kenya Rugby Union

SEVENS RUGBY HSBC SEVENS WORLD SERIES: ODUOR AND NYIKULI RETURN FOR KENYA AHEAD OF LONDON AND SCOTLAND LEGS Victor Oduor and Brian Nyikuli return to the Kenya Sevens squad heading to London and Scotland for the final rounds of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series. Willy Ambaka who debuted in Hong Kong has been retained in the touring party. Speaking about the return of his experienced duo while naming the team at the RFUEA Grounds, Head Coach Benjamin Ayimba said,” Oduor has fully recovered from injury while Nyikuli has hit a rich vein of form. Their presence and experience will be key in driving the team towards a solid performance in London and Scotland.” Commenting on the task at hand, Ayimba said, “we are looking forward to ending the season on a high.” Humphrey Kayange retains the captain's armband. Kenya is alongside New Zealand, Wales and Spain in Pool A of the London Sevens.The team which departs on Monday 16th May 2011 appears below;

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Humphrey Kayange Lavin Asego Oscar Ouma Gibson Weru Victor Oduor Sidney Ashioya Collins Injera Biko Adema Brian Nyikuli Leon Adongo Andrew Amonde William Ambaka

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Mwamba RFC [Captain] Mwamba RFC Nakuru RFC Nakuru RFC Kenya Harlequin FC Kenya Harlequin FC Mwamba RFC Nondescripts RFC Impala RFC Kenya Harlequin FC KCB RFC Kenya Harlequin FC

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Strathmore RFC Kenya Harlequin FC Mwamba RFC

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Head Coach Assistant Coach Team Manager Alt. Team Manager Physiotherapist Strength & Conditioning

Non Travelling Reserves 1. Felix Ayange 2. Patrice Agunda 3. Dennis Ombachi Management 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Benjamin Ayimba Felix Ochieng Oscar Osir Newton Ong'alo George Odhiambo Geoffrey Kimani

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May ‘11 ISSUE

BRSS

Kenya Rugby Union

BAMBURI RUGBY SUPER SERIES: Ugandan sides gun for first Bamburi Super Series title By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo & Innocent Ndawula/COURTESY OF THE DAILY MONITOR

Yet to skip the semifinal hurdle for the past two years already, the two Ugandan franchise sides set to feature in the regional Bamburi Rugby Super Series are hopeful that winning the first game could set the tone. Victoria and Rwenzori, both in pool B, open their accounts against two Kenyan teams in Buffaloes and Cheetahs respectively this Saturday. In what seems a balanced pool, Victoria head coach Brian Makalama thinks no side have the edge. “I think this is a very fair and balanced group. There are no favourites,” said Makalama. His first opponents are only one of two Kenyan sides without a title since the annual event was initiated eight years ago but the former Rugby Cranes prop won't write them off. “Our work now is focusing on getting our own combinations right and winning the first game.” Forwards Dan Canowira (school) and Timothy Dumba (knee injury) plus wing Allan Musoke are definitely out with the latter opting for basketball. Victoria still looks the stronger side on paper with most of the Rugby Cranes regulars, including last year's skipper Mathias Ochwo and MVP Jude Keremundu. “Playing in this series also gives some of us chance to salvage some silverware this season,” Kobs' star Steven Ogwete, whose club is yet to win anything, hinted. On the other hand, Rwenzori, who are handled by coach Sam Ahamya and have many development players from Uganda A, don't carry many people's expectations. That will, however, do little to dampen Ahamya's hunger of reaching a second successive Bamburi Rugby Super Series semifinal.

COASTAL BULLS MAKE SUPER SERIES DEBUT The Coastal Bulls are the latest addition to the Bamburi Rugby Super Series franchise.The Bulls replace Tanzania's Twigas who will give this year's competition a miss following a decision by the Tanzania Rugby Union not to take part in the 2011 BRSS. Bamburi Rugby Super Series Chairman Aggrey Chabeda says of this development, "Establishing a Coast based franchise has always been part of the Bamburi Rugby Super Series expansion programme. We had envisaged them taking part in the tournament from 2012 but Tanzania's withdrawal has fast-tracked their inclusion and participation in the Bamburi Rugby Super Series. This is a really exciting addition, it brings a new dynamic to the tournament as the Bamburi Rugby Super Series has never before been played at sea level. We believe this will be of benefit to all the players as they will now be exposed to playing first class rugby in different climatic conditions but most importantly, we have to see the Coast region playing more competitively, which I have no doubt they will as time goes by when the ripple effects of this franchise begin to be felt. " The Coastal Bulls are in Pool A alongside defending champions Rhinos, Lions and Sharks. They will play all their fixtures at their home venue, the Mombasa Sports Club. The 2011 Bamburi Rugby Super Series takes place from April 30th to June 4th with matches in Nairobi, Mombasa, Mumias, Nakuru and Kampala.


May ‘11 ISSUE

Rugby 101

Kenya Rugby Union

RUGBY GLOSSARY Our previous edition covered rugby terms falling between G-L. This month's edition looks at terms falling between M and R. Mark - the place indicated by the referee where the scrum should form; also a player inside his own 22 can, on catching a ball kicked by the opposition on the full, call for a "mark". If the referee agrees, the player can then re-start play in much the same way as if he had been awarded a free-kick. Maul - typically after a runner has come into contact and the ball is still being held by a player once any combination of at least three players have bound themselves a maul has been set. The primary difference from a ruck is that the ball is not on the ground. No side - antiquated term used to describe the end of the match. Superseded by full time. Offsides - during rucks, scrums, lineouts, and mauls an imaginary line is present over which any player crossing before the set piece is completed commits a penalty. Pack - another name for all the forwards usually when they are bound for a scrum. Penalty - any number of infractions or violations which award the other team a kick. Penalty Kick - an uncontested kick awarded to a team for a major infraction by the other team. The kick can be taken directly at goal and scores three points is successful If the ball is kicked to touch, then the throw-in is awarded back to the team which kicked the ball out of bounds. Penalty Try - the awarding of a try due to a blatant or repeated violation by an opposing side that prevents an obvious try from being scored. Pill - a nickname for a rugby ball - widely used in the southern hemisphere. Place Kick - a kick of the ball resting on the ground, placed in an indention in the ground, from a small pile of sand, or from a kicking tee. Place kicks are used to start each half, for penalty kicks at goal, or for conversion kicks after a try has been awarded. Pumas - the national team of Argentina. Pushover Try - a try scored by the forward pack as a unit in a scrum by pushing the opposition's scrum pack backwards across the tryline while dragging the ball underneath them. Typically scored from a 5m scrum, the try is usually awarded when the No.8 or scrum-half touch the ball down after it crosses the try line. Red Card - a player can receive one of these from the referee, sending him off for the remainder of the game, for persistent breaching of the rules or for serious foul/dangerous play. Ruck - typically after a runner has come into contact and the ball has been delivered to the ground once any combination of at least three players have bound themselves a ruck has been set. The primary difference from a maul is that the ball is on the ground. RWC - short for Rugby World Cup. Tournaments played every four years. Rugger - colloquial name for the game. Rugger Bugger- a dated term used to describe a person who played rugby.


May ‘11 ISSUE

Commentary RUGBY POSITIONS Positions in the team Each rugby team has 15 players on the rugby field at any one time. Each player has an allocated position on the field. Knowing the position you have been allocated helps you understand and remember what you need to do during the game and where you need to be on the pitch. The individual positions in a rugby team are in two major groups the "forwards" and the "backs".

Rugby forwards positions There are 8 forwards in a team. They tend to be the bigger, stronger, heavier players in the team. They`re also known collectively as "the pack". These are the players who use size and strength to get the ball and move it towards the opposition goal-line. The term "pack" is descriptive. There are set piece contests for possession of the ball called "scrums" Forwards from both teams pack together using their bulk, strength and ability to work together to get the ball. Forwards tend to stay together in attack, using their size, weight and strength, moving around the field, working together they move the ball towards the opposition goal-line. During the the course of a game it is often clear which team has possesion of the ball. You can see it being passed from hand to hand as players run with the ball. At other times it becomes unclear which team has possession. Informal struggles for the ball take place. It's usually and mainly the forwards who struggle to gain possession. When the ball is on the ground it's called rucking. When the ball is off the ground it's called mauling. Find out more about rucking and mauling in the section on how to play rugby. The rugby positions of "forwards" also work together in defence to stop the opposition from moving the ball towards your goal-line. There are groups within the pack named in relation to the positions they take up in a scrum.

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