Kenya Cup – Semi Final

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Kenya’s premier rugby league just entered into the Semi Final stage, with two teams securing their right to host the Semi Final, Kenya Harlequins had to travel to KCB’s Ruaraka Sports Club to face KCB Rugby, and Kabras RFC had to travel all the way from Western to play the Menengai Cream Homeboys.

Many a fan largely thought the home advantage was enough for the hosts to secure their path to the final, but the weather had other ideas.

 

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The heavens opened up during the Kenya Cup semi-final weekend

 

Despite the torrential downpour, the game ensued and it proved to be a bruising battle indeed as both teams put in their every effort to secure a win.

Despite Kenya Harlequins efforts, they were denied time and time again by a resolute KCB defence. Their inability to cross over the white chalk was their downside. After 80 minutes of play the referee blew the whistle signalling the end of the match, Full Time Score KCB 19  – 12 Sportpesa Harlequins.

 

Kabras RFC managed to pull off the surprise of the weekend as they edged out Homeboyz RFC 22 – 17. Kabras RFC who are the current KenyaCup champions booked a date with KCB where they will look to defend their title on the 22nd April 2017

Kenya Cup Final

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The 2017 Kenya Cup final was held at KCB Sports Club Ruaraka, home to KCB Rugby Club. The hosts who lead the league table at the close of the pool matches demonstrated their hosting abilities, putting up a spectacular seat arrangement despite their uneven pitch layout which many had dismissed as an impossibility.

KCB would be the first to settle into the game and in doing so took control of all areas of play making it difficult for the defending champions Kabras Rugby to penetrate their defence. The results at full-time KCB 36 – 8 Kabras said it all. Photos from the match below.

 

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The second leg of the 2016 National Sevens Circuit was like a roller coaster picking up steam as it descends down a slope. The action on the field was top billing as teams from the top tier rugby clubs put in a remarkable effort in contention for the main cup.

With a lot of young talent coming to the fore, I’m quite sure the National team selection committee will have their list full judging from the level of play that was on display. The top four teams from the concluded Prinsloo Sevens made easy work of their competition in the pool and knockout stages to emphasize their dominance at the top of the log.

Here is a collection of my photos from the Kabeberi Sevens tournament.

National 7s Circuit

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Every year the Kenya Rugby Union runs a staged tournament spanning 5 legs and in no particular order titled:

  • Kabeberi Sevens hosted by Mwamba RFC (Nairobi)
  • Prinsloo Sevens hosted by Nakuru RFC (Nakuru)
  • Christie Sevens hosted by Kenya Harlequins RFC (Nairobi)
  • Driftwoods Sevens hosted by Mombasa RFC (Mombasa)
  • Dala Sevens hosted by Kisumu RFC (Kisumu)

These tournaments set the stage for what is to be a selection round for players to feed into the National Team, and in large part, they will make up the Kenya Morans outfit in the International Safari Sevens tournament that normally follows the completion of the Sevens Circuit.

This year in a bid to grow the game nationally another leg has been added to the circuit, Nanyuki Sports Club will now host a Nanyuki Sevens leg. Which was quite ironic considering the more obvious choice was to convert a current sevens tournament, Masaku to become the 6th leg in the circuit. A story for another day.

This past weekend, the sevens circuit kicked off at the Nakuru Athletics Club, due to  its proximity from Nairobi and Eldoret, Prinsloo7s is renowned as a rugby festival attracting revelers and rugby fans alike. I kept a lot more focus on the  pitchside affairs as this was the main attraction. Some action photos from the touchline below.

 

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Elgon Cup

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Every year Kenya and Uganda national teams will enthrall fans with the 15’s rugby spectacle that is a competition for the Elgon Cup, the coveted bragging rights for top rugby honors in East Africa.

Last year Uganda were the deserved winners after they produced a stunning performance at home to take the Elgon Cup, Kenya, however, had fielded their second string side that year.

With the main team available for the Elgon Cup, it was clear that the intention was to regain the cup, starting with an away result of Ken 48 – 10 Uganda. Many called this to be a dead rubber match, especially those that bore witness to the nearly half a century drubbing the Ugandan’s experienced at the Legends grounds.

The Ugandans, however, came to play and play they did, well, in the 1st half of the game, marshalled by what everyone agrees to be the most talented player we have seen in a long while, Phillip Wokorach.

Kenya dominated the 2nd half with hard running and an iron grid defence to close out the match at 45 – 24. Photos from the match below.DSC_4748DSC_4749DSC_4764DSC_4770DSC_4776DSC_4813DSC_4815DSC_4800DSC_4808DSC_4793DSC_4830DSC_4826DSC_4857DSC_4869DSC_4882DSC_4887DSC_4900DSC_4911DSC_5004DSC_5025DSC_5058DSC_5087

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Huge defence from Kenya to box the Ugandan side in their own half

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Phillip Wokorach executing an unbelievable spin to beat three defensive players on his way to his second try deservedly named Man of the Match

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Post match Captains talk

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Kenya team captain Brian Nyikuli

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Sammy Warui, outstanding hooking skills and also plays for Nakuru RFC

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That was all from the sidelines. @ahobbyistphotographer is my instagram handle be sure to check it out. Until the next post, be kind, be peaceful…… Peace!

Nakuru National Park

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A little while ago the Photographers Association of Kenya organized a Wildlife Photography Workshop for budding and expert photographers in Nakuru National Park. Nakuru National Park is considered one of Kenya’s premier wildlife destination and considered an endangered ecosystem as a result of human activities surrounding the park. It is the other Wildlife reserve located next to a major city in Kenya and considered a Rhino sanctuary.

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The key feature of the park is it’s alkaline lake, once home to a stunning flock of flamingos, due to rising water levels that impacted the availability of Algae, the main diet for the flamingos, they have relocated to other lakes within the region. It has also affected infrastructure within the park, requiring the park management to redo certain roads around the park.

Our accommodations were the rugged Punda Milias, a tented camp located 15 Km’s away from the town. If you are looking for the bush experience this camp will offer exactly that as it is located right next to the Soysambu Conservancy. The beauty of this location was the night sky, away from the light pollution of the town you can view  the milky way with your naked eye.

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The Milky Way as seen from Punda Milias

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James_Wah_Nakuru (2)The view from the Out of Africa lookout point

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Makalia Falls, Makalia River is the primary inlet to the lake

 

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A gloomy park as a result of a downpour

 

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Parting shot from a wet but deeply satisfying excursion

 

 

 

 

 

The Fading Herd

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There is an evil amidst our society, it is fueled by vanity and greed, and at the heart of it, innocents are hacked and maimed in the middle of the night, under the shroud of darkness. I talked about how David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are helping the fight, but sometimes we need words that strike our hearts, words that tell us wake up, this is your fight. Words such as these…….