Western Bulls coach Bram Shikanda has credited his team’s heroics at the championship semi final against USIU to his experienced players.
Changes in the first half turned the tides on USIU who were leading 6-0 at the time, Bulls landing a converted try to take the lead for the first time in the game. The changes would see the Kakamega based side stretch their lead to 17-6 later in the second half, before substitute Miller Oroto scored in the dying moments of the game to gift the visitors a win and consequently catapult them into Kenya cup.
“I named a squad with a bit of experience because this was a must win game. Bringing in Miller oroto, willis and Wangala changed the game totally. Though some of them were a bit tired going into the game and i think USIU discovered that and started playing a different game, they were hitting close early on now they started hitting wide.”
“For any team to thrive i believe it must have core players, guys who can uplift the others when called upon. We have guys who have been in the team for the past three or four seasons, not really as the first team players but they have risen through the ranks as time went by. Experience is the major reason for the good performance today, knowing when to hold the ball and when to take the ball out.”
The coach was well aware the fight USIU had put up to pull back two tries to bring the scores to 16-17, setting the game for a nervy ending.
“I will give my mention to USIU as well, they nearly came back and if they could have got a try it would gone their way.”
Western Bulls make a return to Kenya cup together with neighbors Kisumu RFC who are coached by Howard Okwemba who was formerly with the Kakamega outfit.
The championship final is slated for Saturday 18th, 1.30 PM at the Kakamega Showground, followed by the Kenya cup final at 3.30 pm.