Kabras Sugar winger Felix Ayange marked his Kenya 15s debut with a try, aiding the side to a 38-22 win over Uganda in an Africa Gold Cup cum Elgon Cup return leg match staged at the RFUEA Ground this Saturday 7 July.
The win means that Kenya retains the Elgon Cup for a fifth successive year and 11th overall.
Kenya scored through 5 tries,five conversions and a penalty against Uganda’s three tries, two conversions and a solitary penalty.
With the Africa Gold Cup taking a one month break,Uganda returns to action on August 4 when they host Tunisia before the North Africans travel to Nairobi a week later.
Kenya’s early prodding paid off as Samson Onsomu and Peter Kilonzo combined to set up Jacob Ojee for a try at the left corner before Darwin Mukidza added the extras.
Philip Wokorach fended off a series of challenges to touch down Uganda’s first try of the match but he sent his conversion attempt wide.
Simbas were soon 21-5 up after Mukidza converted tries by skipper Davis Chenge and Samson Onsomu.
As the Ugandans tried to find a way back into the clash, they were dispossed with Felix Ayange launching a swift counter attack.
A neat interchange of passes would see Mukidza play in the debutant who went over the chalk for a converted try to hand the Simbas a 28-5 advantage at the interval.
Ivan Magomu’s dummy set him up for Uganda’s second try of the afternoon,before Mukidza booted a penalty to take the scores to 31-12 in favour of the hosts.
In a bid to bolster his side, Kenya coach Ian Snook threw in Biko Adema and Dalmus Chituyi for Peter Kilonzo and George Nyambua as the Rugby Cranes rested loosehead prop Saul Kivumbi for Martial Tchumkam.
Michael Wokorach scored Uganda’s third try of the match after sustained pressure but Philip Wokorach’s conversion attempt sailed wide.
Andrew Chogo saw the first yellow card of the encounter, referee Quinton Immelman sending him out temporarily for a bad tackle.
Uganda would strike from the penalty before Philip Wokorach converted his own try as action headed to the final quarter.
Second half substitute Moses Amusala barged over for Kenya before Mukidza cooly converted with the final kick of the match to seal the win for Kenya.
Kenya: 1. Patrick Ouko, 2. Colman Were, 3. Joseph Odero, 4. Andrew Chogo, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Elkeans Musonye, 8. Davis Chenge (c), 9. Samson Onsomu, 10. Isaac Adimo, 11. Jacob Ojee, 12. Darwin Mukidza (vc), 13. Peter Kilonzo, 14. Felix Ayange, 15.Vincent Mose
Replacements: 16. Peter Karia, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa, 19. Simon Muniafu, 20. Dalmus Chituyi, 21. Martin Owilah, 22. Xavier Bett, 23. Biko Adema
Uganda: 1. Saul Kivumbi, 2. Paul Sekate, 3. Asuman Mugerwa (captain), 4. Charles Uhuru, 5. Eliphaz Emong, 6. Ronald Musajjagulanyago, 7. Brian Asaba, 8. Marvin Odongo, 9.Aaron Ofoyrowth 10.Ivan Magomu 11.James Odong, 12.Pius Ogena, 13.Michael Wokorach, 14.Justin Kimono, 15.Philip Wokorach
Replacements: 16. Joseph Tamale, 17. Martial Tchumkam, 18. Collin Kimbowa, 19. Robert Aziku, 20. Simon Olet, 21. Conrad Wanyama,22. Gerald Sewankambo, 23. Adrian Kasito
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nicardo Pienaar (Namibia),Desmond McDonnell (Zimbabwe)
Match commissioner: Godwin Karuga