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APRIL 2011 ISSUE

MANYATTA

Kenya Rugby Union KENYA RUGBY UNION NEWSLETTER

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Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Kenya Rugby Union

Contents

Contents:

Contributors: *

Michael Kwambo

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KRU

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Reeltime

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Kiarie Njoroge

Enterprise Cup Fifteens Rugby Sevens

Photos Courtesy IRB

Rugby 101

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Apr’ 11 ISSUE

Kenya Rugby Union

Enterprise Cup ON THE PITCH QUINS DO THE DOUBLE WITH ENTERPRISE CUP VICTORY th

March 19 2011 Kenya Harlequin FC retained the Enterprise Cup with a 10-3 win over next door neighbours Impala RFC in a closely contested final played at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday 19th March 2011. It was a tightly contested fixture that saw Quins take a 5-3 lead into the break courtesy of a Tony Mutai touchdown. Peter Ocholla scored Impala's only points of the game, slotting home a penalty midway through the opening half. Quins center Patrice Agunda would capitalize on an Impala mistake upon the second half kick restart, picking up the ball from Tony Onyango's fumble and playing in Victor Sudi who scored at the corner, stretching the lead to 10-3. For all their possession and dominance, Impala would continue to unsuccessfully probe Quins, a scenario that prevailed right up to the moment match referee Colin Stanley blew the final whistle, giving Quins the result that saw them secure a 10th Enterprise Cup title.

Previous Winners

1930 Nairobi District 1931 Nairobi North 1932 West Kenya 1933-36 Eldoret RFC 1937-38 Nondescript RUFC 1939 Eldoret RFC 1940-46 Suspended due to World War II 1947 Eldoret RFC 1948 Nakuru RFC 1949-51 Nondescript RUFC 1952 Coast Province 1953 West Kenya 1954 Nondescript RUFC 1955 Kenya Harlequin FC 1956 Kampala RFC 1957 Kenya Harlequin FC 1958 Nakuru RFC 1959 Kenya Police RFC 1960 Nakuru RFC 1961 Impala RFC 1962-63 Nakuru RFC 1964 Kenya Harlequin FC 1965 Impala RFC 1966 Nondescript RUFC 1967 Kitale RFC 1968-70 Kampala RFC

1971-74 Impala RFC 1975-84 Nondescript RUFC 1985-86 Mwamba RFC 1987 Suspended due to 4th All African Games 1988 Kenya Harlequin FC 1989-94 Nondescript RUFC 1995 Kenya Harlequin FC 1996 Kenya Harlequin FC/Nondescript RUFC shared the trophy 1997 Mombasa Sports Club 1998 Nondescript RUFC 1999 Kenya Harlequin FC 2000-02 Impala RFC 2003 Impala RFC/Kenya Harlequin FC shared the trophy 2004 Kenya Commercial Bank RFC 2005 Impala RFC 2006 Mwamba RFC 2007 Kenya Commercial Bank RFC 2008 Nakuru RFC 2009 Kenya Harlequin FC 2010 Not played 2011 Kenya Harlequin FC

ENTERPRISE CUP TITLES Nondescript RUFC 25 Impala RFC 11 Kenya Harlequin FC 10 Nakuru RFC 6 Eldoret RFC 6 Kampala RFC 3 Mwamba RFC 3 Kenya Commercial Bank RFC 2 West Kenya 2 Mombasa SC 1 Coast Province 1 Kenya Police RFC 1 Kitale RFC 1 Nairobi North 1 Nairobi District 1 *This tally includes shared titles between Nondies and Quins in 1996 and Impala and Quins in 2003


Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Fifteens Rugby

Kenya Rugby Union

IMPALA EDGE KCB IN SEASON ENDER Impala RFC beat Kenya Commercial Bank 35-34 in the season ending Grand Slam tie at the RFUEA Grounds th on Saturday 26 March 2011. This match up, that usually pits the Kenya Cup winners against the Enterprise Cup winners had an unusual twist after Kenya Harlequin, winners of both trophies in 2011 opted out, leaving the runners up from both events to duel it out. Innocent Simiyu put the Gazelles 3-0 up with a second minute penalty before Fabian Olando's eighth minute try saw KCB take a 5-3 lead. Duncan Ekasi restored Impala's lead when he touched down three minutes later as KCB seemed to be crumbling apart. Simiyu's conversion took the scores to 10-3. Impala would take advantage of slack KCB defending, Simiyu scoring and converting his own sixteen minutes with the score board reading 17-3 in Impala's favor. Seventeen minutes on the clock, and Impala looked like handing KCB a thrashing. Simiyu slotted a penalty on thirty minutes before converting Vincent Mose's try either side of Olando's penalty. Half Time Impala 27 KCB 8 KCB replacement Ken Isindu grounded the ball one minute after resumption, cutting the deficit to 27-13 as his side finally started looking competitive. Another Simiyu penalty gave Impala a 30-13 lead with Kelvin Omiyo grounding the ball seconds later, giving his side a 35-13 lead. KCB Coach Howard Okwemba threw on Phil Wamae,Max Adaka, Calvins Biko and Derrick Wamalwa at various intervals during the intervening period and they would influence play in the intervening period. Wamalwa soon played in Adaka who touched down with Olando converting for a 35-20 score line. The Lions would continue growing in confidence and Biko was soon rewarded with a try as his side went in pursuit of more points. Olando's conversion saw KCB within eight points of Impala with precious little time left on the ticker. Olando, outstanding all afternoon, landed his brace right on the death, his conversion sailing over the posts but it was a case of too little too late as Impala held on for the 35-34 result.


Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Kenya Rugby Union

Sevens

KENYA WINS THE HONG KONG SEVENS SHIELD BUT FAILS TO GARNER SERIES POINTS A 17-12 sudden death win over Spain in the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens failed to change Kenya's ranking in the HSBC Sevens World Series as the fifth leg drew to a close on Sunday 27th March 2011. The National Sevens team remains ninth on the standings, with 12 points from 5 outings this season. A 5-22 defeat to Russia in their opening fixture meant that qualification to the main cup quarters was always going to be a tricky affair, giving the complication nature of the Hong Kong Sevens that sees teams reseeded at the completion of their round robin fixtures. A 45-12 win over Malaysia was undone by a 0-40 defeat at the hands of Fiji, a result that relegated Kenya to the Shield category. New Zealand beat England 29-17 to claim the main cup title and open up a five point

lead ahead of the next round of matches in Australia. We shall cover news from this event in our next edition. Summary of Kenya's performances in Hong Kong Pool Games Kenya 5 Russia 22 Kenya 45 Malaysia 12 Kenya 0 Fiji 40 Shield Quarter Finals Kenya 59 Malaysia 7 Shield Semis Kenya 24 China 5 Shield Final Kenya 17 Spain 12

HSBC Sevens World Series Standings after Round 5 1. New Zealand 2. England 3. Fiji 4. Samoa 5. South Africa 6. Australia 7. Argentina 8. Wales 9. Kenya 10. Portugal 11. Russia 12. Scotland 13. United States 14. Canada

110pts 105pts 84pts 84pts 72pts 46pts 24pts 18pts 12pts 8pts 8pts 8pts 6pts 5pts


Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Bamburi Super Series

Kenya Rugby Union

OFF THE PITCH UGANDA DECLARES ITS PREPAREDNESS Uganda will join Kenya and Tanzania in the regional Bamburi Rugby Super Series, to tussle it out in the only franchise rugby arrangement across the region, come April 30th, 2011. The regional tournament which attracts top players from the three East African countries will be held between April and May in all the three countries and is expected to be the determinant for the national team qualifiers for the coming year's selections. Speaking at the launch of the tournament at Kyadondo Rugby grounds, the Chairman, BRSS Uganda, Paul Ojambo said that the necessary preparations for the tournament have been tied down to ensure that the tournament kicks off on the scheduled dates. “The Bamburi Rugby Super Series tournament is not only important because of the relationship it fosters among the three countries, but it is also a build up into the national team selections which shall be done about a month later”, Ojambo said. In his remarks, the Chairman, BRSS East Africa, Aggrey Chabeda noted that where as the three countries may not be seen to be at the same level, the BRSS tournament provides a good platform to engage the players from the various clubs, who now play for one franchise team to bring out the best in them while they compete with some of their stronger counterparts in the region. “The purpose of the BRSS tournament is to create a platform for exposure, but to also build stronger associations among players across the region”, Chabeda said. The 2011 tournament shall be the 9th edition of the BRSS, and the 3rd in which Uganda is participating, with two franchise teams- Victoria and Rwenzori. Kenya will have five franchises and Tanzania has one.

UAP RENEW THEIR INTEREST IN THE BRSS Leading insurer UAP boosted efforts to develop regional rugby by raising its sponsorship to the Kenya Rugby Union kitty for running the 2011 edition of the popular Bamburi Super Series Rugby tournament. The sponsorship, pegged at Ksh 1.4 million will cover the organization of the tournament as well as personal insurance for all the players and officials. As part of the sponsorship UAP also gets to brand the Rhinos franchise. This year's sponsorship followed the success that the UAP Rhinos enjoyed in last year's edition where they emerged the winners of the tournament. UAP Head of Marketing and Distribution Joseph Kamiri said during the announcement that the firm UAP had decided to support the tournament particularly and the development of rugby in general, as part of its national focus to promote active team sports. On his part, Kenya Rugby Football Union Vice Chairman, Mr. Fred Odhiambo extended the sporting unions appreciation for the gesture, which he described as a worthy corporate example. He confirmed that the preparations for this year's edition were at a very advanced stage for the tournament th due to begin on April 30


Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Rugby 101

Kenya Rugby Union

THE RULES OF RUGBY We introduce another segment to this publication…The Rules of Rugby…This is to enable rugby players, fans and lovers alike to understand every single one of the games rules in a simple manner. This edition covers the basics… The aim of the game of rugby The aim of the game is very simple: score more points than the other team. You do this by scoring tries, conversions, drop goals and penalties in your opponent's goal area. If both teams score the same amount or no points are scored then the match is a draw. Duration A game of rugby union consists of two halves of 40 minutes, with injury time added on at the end of each half. In between the two halves, there is a maximum 10-minute interval after which both team change ends. The referee's whistle indicates the start and finish of the half. Kick off Before the start of the match, the referee will toss a coin to decide which team will kick-off the match. The team that wins the toss will decide which end they want to attack first and whether they or the opposition will kick off at the start of the match. The game is started by a place kick or a drop kick from the middle of the halfway line. But the ball must travel 10 metres from the kick off, otherwise the opposition have the choice of whether to take a scrum or a throw in on the halfway line with the feed or throw. A drop kick from the halfway line will re-start the game after a penalty or drop goal has been scored. The team that did not score will take the kick. Ball A good quality rugby ball will help you improve your handling and kicking skills on and off the field. Traditionally, rugby balls were made hand-stitched leather. But it would often get very heavy when it was raining, making it very difficult to handle in slippery conditions. However, modern technology has seen the introduction of sophistcated waterproof synthetic materials which make the ball easier to handle in wet and muddy conditions. Ensure your ball is properly pumped full of air before you start practising your passing, catching and kicking on your own or with a team-mate. Dress Rugby players must wear a Jersey, shorts, socks and boots on the field of play. But as the game becomes more physical, more players are using upper body and head protection on the pitch. -Info courtesy of the BBC Sport Academy


Apr ‘11 ISSUE

Commentary

Kenya Rugby Union

Sevens Rugby: The Season in Perspective Watching the Kenya-Fiji match in the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens Series, I got the impression that despite our optimism, it's going to take a little more than that to lift the country from the ninth position it has been stuck in. Last month we saw the country's cricket team crash out of the ICC ( not the Hague one, International Cricket Council) World Cup in India in classic fashion, having failed to even beat minnows like Canada who at the height of our game we could dismiss without breaking a sweat.Many would argue that the circumstances are vastly different, but still it wouldn't hurt to arrest the slide before we go that far. In countries like New Zealand and Fiji, the sport is as revered as athletics is in Kenya.Yet we have beaten these teams in the past and can still do so. Going back to the Fiji game, they could close down Kenya as they are physically imposing. Kenya's game lies in its agility, clean passing and breaking into first-class runs while avoiding getting bogged down in a very physical game. More importantly is the support of the fans and corporate sponsors. It's all well and good while the team is flying high but every once in a while every team hits poor form and it's at these times that the fans need to show more support. The season is not over yet and the team still has time to perform what we know it can. Besides, this season has seen coach Ayimba introduce new blood and can thus be considered a team-building season. All that remains is for all the elements to come together and release the quality that is Team Kenya. Kiarie Njoroge


Photo Courtesy IRB

Manyatta April 2011  

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