Western Bulls are back to Kenya’s top tier after two seasons of absence following a 22-16 win over USIU at USIU Grounds on Saturday.
USIU went ahead early on through a Muindi Makau penalty before Eliud Mulakoli extended the students’ lead yo 6-0 from the tee.
Bulls would then reply with a try at the corner with a few minutes left to play. Robert Awich was the man at the end of the ball, Kevin Mutaly getting the conversion right from a long way out to give the visitors a lead for the first time in the game. That would prove to be the final score heading into the breather.
Bulls came out of the blocks all guns firing and it would not be long before Miller Oroto touched down from the back of a scrum for a 12-6 lead. Bulls would prove too hot to handle as Derrick Ashiundu would put his name in the score sheet with a try of his own, Mutali missing the extras for a 17-6 lead.
Skipper Eliud Mulakoli would lead the martials in an attempt to overturn the scores with a try, going on to make the conversion to bring the scores to 17-13. Mulakoli then added a penalty to cut the deficit to one point, scores now 17-16.
Miller Oroto would then break the hearts of USIU faithfuls, scoring a try late in the dying moments to carry his team into the top tier next season.
Final scores 22-16.
USIUEli: 1.Muyomba George 2.Joseph Kagimu (v.c) 3.George Ochieng 4.Lusweti Dennis 5.Awori Joe 6.Isaiah Wafula
7.Nyote Wakanyote 8.David Mango 9.Wilfred Odhiambo 10.Charles Kuka 11.Naison Chabayanzarah 12.Muinde Makau 13.Mulakoli Eliud(C) 14.Fred Okoth 15.Godfrey Kiragu
Replacements 16.Sam Kiriro 17.Dennis Lumumba 18.Kimanzi Mati 19.Philip Bayah 20.Javan Oyombe 21.Ronald Kipchumba 22.Musa Shaban 23.Kelvin Munene