KRU CHAMPIONSHIP

Championship Wrap: MMUST, Strathmore egde USIU, Machine to stretch fine run

Strathmore Leos and MMUST picked slim wins to keep their dream of booking a direct semifinal slot in the Championship games alive.

At the USIU grounds, MMUST beat the hosts USIU Martial 19-18 to extend their fine run. Miscommunication from the MMUST defence saw Fred Okoth land USIU’s first try in the sixth minute with Allan Odiyo missing the two. MMUST replied instantly through Claus Shirievo but Isaiah Mulongo missed the conversion.

USIU’s extended the lead through Toby Fidel who raced past several defenders to score at the near post. Odiyo added the extras to stretch the score to 12 points.

MMUST landed a converted try at the 32nd minute to tie the game at 12-12 before Odiyo’s successful penalty attempt in the 36th minute took USIU three points ahead.

Fullback Isaiah Mulongo landed a try at the 40th minute to take MMUST to 19-15 heading to half time.

A tight 2nd half saw only three points scored coming from USIU’s Odiyo penalty. From the win, MMUST pushed their competition tally to 49 points cementing their second place.

At St Mary’s Grounds, Strathmore stayed unbeaten after a 16-8 win over third-placed Mean Machine a win which will see them hold on the top slot.  Reuben Oroko landed the opener before Strathmore slotted in two penalties and a converted try. Festus Shiasi added a penalty to Machine’s scoreline but another penalty saw Strathmore hold on to win.

Mombasa edged Northern Suburbs 8-0 while Egerton beat Kisii 22-0. UoE Trojans won the Eldoret Derby 9-8 and South Coast edged Monks 15-14.

Additional reporting by Kennedy Juma 

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