Pirates fall to USIU
By Brian Msalame | Sat 09 Dec, 2017 20:00
South Coast Pirates have lost their second Championship match, falling 21-5 to USIU in a round three fixture played at the USIU grounds, Nairobi.

After a brighter start between the two sides, Pirates were unable to weather the USIU storm and ultimately crumbled in the second half as the hosts added sixteen more points to seal the win in their opening home game this season.

For Pirates, the script was pretty much the same as compared to the previous match after they surrendered a slight lead only to come away with no log points in the end.

Following Ramtu Hassan's try which opened the scoring around the half-hour mark, Pirates were required to do more in order to uphold the lead but it was USIU who found the going rather swift as they took little time to come from behind and take the game away from Pirates' hands.

Starting at fullback, Joseph Musyoki showed flashes of his vision from behind as he manoeuvred seamlessly through the USIU defence while on the counter. An impressive first start at fullback may have been promising but save for his missed conversion which hit the post despite being within range, there was little done by the Pirates to warrant inclusion in the highlight reel afterwards.

USIU captain Junior Onyango brought the team back to level terms before the end of the first half and hardly had the second half taken shape before he touched down again to land his brace. Flyhalf Charles Kuka missed the conversions to both tries but was spot on when Pirates conceded a penalty which he kicked to stretch the scores to 13-5 in favour of the home team.

USIU continued to push for more points and their efforts were soon rewarded when Dennis Lusweti finished off in the corner after several passes found him unmarked on the wing. 

Already on the backfoot and forced into defending, Pirates unable to cut down their error rate and gifted USIU three easy points after Pirates were penalised at the breakdown.

The loss now means Pirates are without a win going into the final game of the year when Catholic Monks visit Ukunda on Saturday, December 16.
Brian Msalame
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