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Kipsangui defends rugby title

Kipsangui Boys high school produced a superlative performance to beat Kipsombe Boys in a fascinating and entertaining rugby 15s final match played at Wareng high school ground in the ongoing term one Kenya secondary school sports association (KSSSA) games, Uasin Gishu County Chapter.

The two finalists qualified for the Mau Regional Games scheduled in Nakuru county in fortnight’s time.  Kipsangui came from three points down to win the first position after Kipsombe went ahead in the opening five minutes.

Emmanuel Bitok opened the score through a penalty shoot after he was fouled and he made no mistake of putting his school ahead with a 3-o lead.

The celebrations lasted for ten minutes before hard fighting and swift Nicholas Bitok of Kipsangui went through past the try line, touching the ground for a 5-3 lead and Edison Muigei made a clear conversion for a 7-3 lead for Kipsangui before the first half whistle.

On the return, despite the dim lit ground, the young boys, with sharp eyes managed to square out to try and break each others’ defence but the back line remained intact forcing the match to end in a 7-3 win in favour of Kipsangui who defended their county title ahead of regional games.

“It was a hard game but we managed to contain our tough opponents who had rested the better part of the day after semi finals. We only had five minutes break before coming into this final play,” said Muigei who plans to help his team win regional championships title.

Kipsangui easily won against their host’s Wareng High school in the second semi final match at the same ground. They beat Wareng 11-0 in a one-sided match with hosts failing to go through past the centre line.

Super kicker Edison Muigei opened the score on the 10th minute into the match through a penalty for a 3-0 lead. Then Caleb Ng’elechei went through past the white wash for a try for a 8-0 lead and Muigei made a clear conversion for 11-0 lead in the first half. Both teams played a barren in the final half.

In semi final one played at the same ground, Kipsombe narrowly won against their perennial rivals Cheplaskei Boys 2-1 in a post match penalty kicks in a final decision. Both teams played a barren draw in normal and certain death time.

Both finalists, Kipsangui and Kipsome registered 100% wins in their groups after they topped pool A and pool B respectively while Cheplaskei and Wareng played second fiddle in group A and b respectively. But there was drama in final match of group B match where Wareng fielded 16 players in the final half.

In cross country event held at University of Eldoret, Diana Lagat won the women’s 6km junior women category in 21:53.55. The Koiwarusen student was followed closely by Nancy Jepleting (21:58.38) of Kerotet before Abigail Arusei of Olare Girls came in third timing 22:00.98.

Gideon Korir of Uswo Boys won the 8km junior men category in 24:17.30, Charles Lagat coming second timing 24:56.20 as Asbel Kimutai was third placed in 24:58.27.

A group of six top athletes will be competing for the county at the regional level.

Playing on their home ground, Uasin Gishu High school did not disappoint their fans who lined up along the court, watching their boys play the basketball against their neighbours Mother of Apostle seminary, Eldoret. With support and cheers from fellow students, Uasin Gishu walloped their opponents 49-18.

Hill school won with a small margin against their opponents Loreto, Matunda girls in girls hokey final play. Hill school with just 5km from their school beat Loreto 2-1 in the flits after a barren draw in normal time while new comers Eldoret Township managed a 2-0 win against Wareng in the boys final category played at Uasin Gishu high school ground.

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