By USPA Media
Kenya-Namibia rugby rivalry will never come to an end, and as the senior sides prepare for the Gold cup ,their junior sides renew their rivalry in the U-20 category.
Kenya U-20 (Chipu) coach Paul Odera is not taking it lightly and has made two changes to the Squad facing Namibia on Sunday April 7th 2019 in the Barthes Cup Final.
The winner will qualify for the Junior World cup.
Michele Brighetti will be the starting flyhalf while Dominic Coulson moves to the inside center position. Douglas Kahuri is off the squad while Frank Aduda is set for his debut.
“Both are flyhalfs and this gives us options when kicking and when watching Namibia play, that 10-12 channel needs the right decisions being made defensively and also on attack,” the tactician noted.
Kahuri falls out of the game because Namibia pride themselves on forward play, so we’ve loaded the forwards and only have two backs on the bench. We’ve brought in Frank Aduda who was not in the squad that played Tunisia on Thursday,” Odera explained.
Chipu have a very good chance of winning: playing at home is an added advantage to the side, the teams execution has been nothing short of perfect and their tight five are very mobile.
“Our bench is really strong, this means when we bring on people they are adding impact to the team as opposed to reducing the energy and skill level.
Those are the two things that give us an opportunity to beat Namibia for the first time at this level.” concluded Odera.
Chipu squad for the final include Ian Njenga, Bonface Ochieng, Rotuk Rahedi, Emmaneul Silungi, Ibrahim Ayoo, James Mcgreevy, Brian Amaitsa, Sheldon Kahi, Samuel Asati, Michele Brighetti, Beldad Ogeta, Dominic Coulson, George Maranga, Geoffrey Okwach, Andrew Matoka
Wilfred Waswa, Collins Obure, Ian Masheti, Frank Aduda, Samuel Osongo, George Kiryazi, Barry Robinson, Owain Ashley
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By USPA Media
The Betway Kobs needed only a win, to start celebrating wining the 13th league title, but that was not possible as the Stanbic Bank Pirates put up a solid fight winning the game 30-14.
The defeat wrote Kobs of the title by three quarters and it would be a miracle for them to win this year’s Nile Special Premier Rugby League.
It was a sweet revenge for the Pirates who lost the first round 26-13 ending their title hopes to throw Kobs off the league trophy.
“We came focused to a win and we did it. We were not under pressure like them so we played to enjoy and executed our chances,” Pirates coach Bobby Musinguzi noted after the game.
Before Friday game Heathens, 66 points, were trailing Kobs (68pts) with two points and the latter had to win to stay in the title chase.
If Heathens wins their Saturday game against Walukuba with a bonus point, they will be on top of the table with a three-point lead.
Heathens are remaining with two games against Rams and Warriors while Kobs face Shell Rimula Rhinos and Dusupay Warriors.