Moi Arsonists comfortably edged out their cross-town rivals Eldoret RFC 27-8 in the Rift Nationwide finals staged at Fr.Kizito grounds, Moi University.
Jeremy Opis had a brace with Kelvin Masibo and Tony Khadambi having a try each. Solomon Ngoya booted one penalty and two conversions.
Arsonists drew first blood with a successful penalty goal taken by Ngoya after an infringement by the visitors in their red zone. Jeremy Opis would land the first try of the match in the corner but Ngoya missed the conversion.
In the second stanza, Eldoret tried to claw back to the game and were rewarded with a penalty goal. The Arsonists dominated the visitors upfront keeping them in their back foot and this provided the platform for their backline to shine. Inside centre Kelvin Masibo scored the second try after selling his dummy before putting the foot on the gas pedal to ground the ball.
Moi were not done yet, a short pass to Junior Mwenda saw him drag two defenders before offloading to Tony Khadambi to score under the posts. Ngoya added the extras for a 22-3 lead. Eldoret pulled one back through Sylvester Indagasi after a pick and drive from him saw him ground it just before the whitewash. After a few consultations with the touch judge, the center referee decided to award the try.
Jeremy Opis completed his brace after landing the fourth and the last try of the match in the corner for a 27-8 win.
Former Championship side JKUAT Cougars bagged the Central Region title after a 16-7 Chuka in the finals played at JKUAT Grounds Juja.
JKUAT went to the break leading 6-0 after skipper Eugin Asava drilled in two penalties for his side. In the final half, Boniface Nyabioge extended their lead to 11-0.
Frenzy Emmanuel added their second try of the day before Chuka got a consolation through a converted try.
A close encounter was witnessed in the Western Region final’s where Maseno edged out Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University 6-3 to lift the title. Maseno penalties were scored by Michael Owiye.
In the Coast Region, TUM retained the title after beating Malindi 26-18 in a match played at St Josephs Ukunda on Saturday.
Nairobi Region finals saw Northern Suburbs beat MKU Stingers 19-3 in the finals staged at CUEA Langata.
Moi 27-8 Eldoret
Jooust 6-3 Maseno
Malindi RFC 18-26 Technical Uni Of Mombasa
JKUAT 16-7 Chuka
Suburbs 19-3 Stingers
Northern Suburbs, Stingers, JOOUST, Maseno, TUM, JKUAT Cougars, Moi Arsonists, Eldoret.