The game between Cfg Bungoma rfc and Kibabii, came to life in the 17th minute when Ian Kisenge Simiyu playing alongside two of his senior brothers, spotted a gap behind the Kibabii defence and put a clever chip that was regathered by speed merchant Chris Mbaya who went over for Bungoma rfc’s first unconverted try.
In the dying minutes of the first half, the forwards had some quick hits to the right and the scrumhalf played a quick ball to Peter Wamoto Simiyu, who had an overlap of upto 5 guys to his left. His release pass found yet again another speed merchant, and they don’t come any better than in the form of Samuel Kimeta (Meta) who made a 60 metre dash to cross over the line for another unconverted try.
Few seconds to the hooter, James Wanjala Simiyu had a big hit on a Kibabii forward to cut off any debate about which team carried the day in terms of physicality.
The second half would spring to action after ten minutes, the Bungoma rfc backs going on a physical rampage Edwin Khisa fending off close to six opponents to set up a ruck inside the 22. The ball would then be recycled left, James Wafula showing great quick hands to find Wamoto and well we know a younger Wamoto would have had a go on his own with just 5 metres ahead of him, but instead he would selflessly release Chris Mbaya to go over the line for his second try of the match.
Kibabii would then complain of lack of substitutes forcing them to abandon the match inthe 68th minute. Secondrow Alvin Wanyama was crowned man of the match for his exemplary display of sheer strength.
Plenty of activities lined up for tomorrow, as the Patriots take to the field for the fourth Sunday in a row.
Peter Wamoto’s Wazalendo Senior shall take on Peter Bildad Ogeta’s Wazalendo junior in the first match of the day which also doubles up as the Wazalendo derby.
The Wazalendo Senior team will then face Kibabii RFC in what is regarded as the township derby. The last time this two sides met the game ended in a draw, it will be interesting to see which team gets the win.
Kimilili ‘Jogoo’ Rugby
The last match for the Wazalendo Senior will be against Kimilili RFC popularly known as Jogoo RFC. The two sides have already met twice this year and each have a win from the two meetings. It promises to be a mouth watering clash as a very physical Bungoma side takes on a much structured Kimilili team.
Wazalendo’s founder Peter J will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow, and has delegated coaching duties to his Brother James Wens and Wazalendo Junior’s founder Peter Bildad. He will be joined by family and close friends to mark the day that the first Patriot was born.
Appeal To Fans
It is a humble appeal that fans continue to show up in large numbers to support the home team. Wazalendo Rugby is a community initiative owned by the people. Come one, come all.
Bungoma Wazalendo community rugby club stand victorious against their town rivals Kibabii RFC. The Patriots won the rugby 7s game, 15-10 after rallying from behind to win the match.
In the second rugby 7s match, Bungoma Wazalendo drew 10-10 with Sikusi RFC. Perhaps paying a hefty price for a bit of complacency in their style of play. A notable try in that match coming from Job Oriko Nyando, showing serious gas to finish off a 50 metre run for the try.
The next match was a rugby 10s match, and the Patriots quickly asserted their dominance at the breakdown, securing all their rucks and getting plenty of clean balls from their scrums and lineouts. Walela running a twisted line on attack to dot down the first try. From then on it was try after try as the patriots won the game 15-0.
In the rugby 15s game, the Patriots picked off from where they had left in the 10s match. The first half ending 15-0. In the second half the Patriots benefiting from forward momentum to ground two more tries. Kibabii RFC being sore losers walked out of the match before its conclusion, Wazalendo winning it 25-0.
The patriots from Bungoma take the short trip to Kibabii, to face their township rivals Kibabii RFC.
The matches kick off at 11am tomorrow morning. The first match being a rugby 7s match, while the second match is a rugby 10s match.
The Patriots, commonly referred to as Wazalendo, have made upto five changes to their squad that took part in the last weekend’s tournament in Nalondo, preferring to call in the likes of experienced forward Rino Nabutola, halfback Obed and Speedy winger Chris Mbaya.
The Patriots have not won any game since they last beat Nalondo in a rugby 10s match, 5 weeks ago, and it is this reason that has led to the changes in the squad.