Despite going down 56-0 in their Kenya Cup debut match against Kabras, MMUST Head Coach Dr Ochieng Ahaya says there were positives from his charges especially in the closing half.
The Makaka’s conceded six tries in the first half and three in the closing half marking their worst defeat in over four years.
In the final half, the students looked well organized in defence and Ahaya is happy with how they handled the match in the half. He believes that there were instances that his charges showed they were up to the task.
“We handled well the second half and looking at some of the displays in the half, there was a lot of hope. They (Kabras) will have a small story to tell from their end, the margin was big but apart from that, there was good rugby from my boys,” Ahaya told the Scrummage.
“We tested one of the top teams in the league, and in the course of the season we will meet opponents who are almost our equals and we will use the experience gained here.”
The tactician admits that their major undoing was lapsing in concentration which was evident in the first half. Kabras ran four quick tries at the period when they were down to 14 men after Jadah Abdon’s sin-bin.
“The boys did well, we were playing the Championship the other day and this is the top tier which requires high-level concentration throughout.”
The coach hopes to work on their areas of weakness and he’s confident that the players will learn better having experienced how a few lapses can turn out to be costly.
“There were lapses here and there. They are things that we have talked about and the boys experienced it live. When we go back to training we will be working from a point of experience and they will understand better,” he added.
“We are not looking at it in terms of one match, we want to stay in this league and make a serious point. We are taking this in a stride and we are learning from it.”
MMUST face Nakuru next weekend.