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2023 Elgon Cup: Defeat for Rugby Cranes in Kenya


A 20 – 13 loss to Kenya at the Jomo kenyatta International Stadium Mamboleo in Kisumu meant Uganda had lost this year’s Elgon Cup to the Simbas.

A 13th title for the Kenyans who have won all but three editions 2006, 2012 and 2015 won by Uganda.

This time the Rugby Cranes had a better start containing the Kenyans for the first 9 minutes, compared to the first leg where Uganda was trailing 00 – 12 by the 10th minute.

Jone Kubu who had a man of the match performance opened the score with a well taken penalty and three minutes later kubu converted on an Elkeans Musonye try, 10 – 0 for Kenya but four minutes later Captain Ivan Magomu cut the deficit to 7 points with his lucky boot, braving off boes from Kenyan fans in the stands. 10 – 03 at the end of half time.

Back into the second half, Magomu missed two penalties before John Kubu converted on his own try to put the Simbas in a comfortable 17 – 03 lead.

Timothy Kisiga on his 3rd outing for the Rugby Cranes 15s scored Uganda’s only try on the day and the golden boy in Bweyogerere Liam Walker after walking on for Innocent Gwokto converted to make it 17 – 10.

Liam scored a penalty, put one wide and smashed another on the post to make it a 4pts chase for the Cranes at 17 – 13.

But with only 6 minutes on the clock, Jone Kubu drunk the beer out of the Ugandans who had made the long trip to Kisumu having drugged all their hopes to the mad with a penalty that restored Kenya’s 7point lead, 20 – 13 the game ended.

It was double Joy for Kenyans in their own park on the day.

The Lionesses had subjected Uganda’s Lady Cranes to a heavy 87 – 03 defeat, Tina Okello’s Penalty being Uganda’s only points of the women’s Elgon Cup which Kenya has won all the editions.

Uganda’s head coach Fred Mudoola didn’t make the trip to Kisumu, leaving the team in the hands of Leonard Lubambula and the Simbas welcomed back Jerome Paarwater, their South African Headcoach who wasn’t in Bweyogerere for the first leg.

The Elgon Cup a thrilling two leg rugby encounter between the nations who share Mountain Elgon that’s Kenya and Uganda.

The first of it’s kind was played back in 2004 and this year it made a retur after a hiatus since 2019 blamed on covid and other factors.

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