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Shamas Foundation win Nationwide title

hamas Foundation in a past tournament. Photo Courtesy/Scrummage.

Shamas Foundation have been crowned as the 2019/20 KRU Nationwide Champions after defeating Kabarak University 39-8 in the final at RFUEA Grounds.

Shamas having played their last three matches on that same venue were already conversant with the terrain. Minutes into the opening half, poor scrummaging from the visitors saw them pay the price, Timothy Lugalia picked an open ball from a scrum feed dotting down the opening try for the match. Hamisi Namisi’s attempt to add the extras went short.

The hosts went on to retain possession for the better part of the half and scored through full-back Namisi at the far right to extend their lead to ten points. The conversion went short once again.

Excellent passes from the half back to the backline gave Julian Owino an opportunity to enter the score sheet. This time Namisi got the conversion right putting Shamas 17 points up. Kabarak’s defence grew weaker as the match progressed giving Shamas the opportunity to pounce more misery with Nielsen Jumba crossing the whitewash on the far left extending the lead to 22-0

A rolling maul from a line out led to a series of pick and drives for Shamas, handing Smith Ouma a perfect landing spot in the try box changing figures to 27-0.

The second half saw a re-energized Kabarak making better attacks and a more solid defence. Attempts for tries were not successful though. Shamas errors saw them get penalized frequently.

An attempt to go for a penalty goal went short giving Shamas an opportunity to attack but the heavy rains couldn’t allow the ball to be held much.

A tap and go error from shamas saw Kabarak play advantage running wide to make their first try through Emmanuel Mumoki to change the scores 27-5.

Kabarak put up a spirited fight making major breaks giving Shamas defence a run for their money, however, a counter-attack from Shamas saw them add a try by Lugalia at the far left giving Shamas five more points making scores 32-5.

In the late minutes of the second half Kabarak managed to kick through Aden Noor to get three points. Shamas had the last laugh scoring with a try by Godfery Kisero and the conversion by Namisi went through making scores 39-8 at full time.

The two sides have already booked a place in the KRU Championship.

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