University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine needed a last gasp penalty by Trevor Asina to down Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad 15-12 in the Varsity League final staged at the UoN grounds on Saturday.
For a place in the final, Machine edged out Egerton University last weekend while Blak Blad eased past Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Lionel Ajeliti gave Blak Blad the lead from a penalty early in the first half before Aron Otieno forced his way over the tryline for an unconverted try to hand Machine a 5-3 advantage.
Ajeliti scored his second penalty of the match before booting a penalty to hand the Kenyatta University side a 9-5 advantage at halftime.
Machine retook the lead in the second half after they were awarded a penalty try before Blad drew level through Ajeliti’s penalty.
Just when it appeared like the match was headed to extra time, Machine were awarded a penalty, which full-back Asina converted to hand his side the inaugural Varsity League title.
Machine :1.Ben Mwangi 2.James Oluoch 3.Ken Mutuku 4.Dominic Mogendi 5.Cornel Omondi 6.Daniel Odera 7.Samwel Mejja(C) 8.Aron Otieno 9.Antony Abonyo 10.Bruce Odhiambo 11.James Kangethe 12.Edward Waithaka 13.Festus Shiasi(VC) 14.Denis Nyongesa 15.Trevor Asina
Replacements: 16.Ian Wando 17.Adam Mugo 18.Bob Onchonga 19.Daniel Oluoch 20.Ben Kanyi 21.Wilber Johnes 22.Antony Baka 23.Clinton Owe
Kenyatta Uni. 1. Givens Onyango 2. Edwin Mutoka 3. Hezron Seru 4. Sheldon Khai 5. Steve Biko 6. Humphrey Litali 7. Denis Odhiambo 8. Ian Obukwa (C) 9. Brian Wahinya 10. Lionel Ajeliti 11. Ryan Ario 12. Emmanuel Omae 13. Stomy Odhiambo (VC) 14. Achadius Kwese 15. Gathu Kevin
Replacements:16. Collins Obure 17. 18. Brian Kibui 19. Joseph Jabao 20. Douglas Sifuna 21. Alusa Andrew 22. Brian Kadenge 23. Mash Mutai