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Prescott Champs Upper Hill blowout Strathmore
By Patrick Korir | Thu 07 Jun, 2018 11:56

Back-to-back Prescott Cup champions Upper Hill School picked up a third straight group A win on Wednesday after knocking out Strathmore 52-0 at Upper Hill grounds.

The champions led 26-0 at half time and built it up in the second half for the comprehensive win that sent them top of pool with 14 points at the expense of Ofafa Jericho who drop down to second place.

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Upper Hill scored eight tries and had six converted for the win. Four of the tries came in the first half through Bakari, Ivan Otema, Kevin Elinai and Abdultwalib Wesonga aka Songi who converted the first two and his own touchdown for his school to lead 26-0 at half time. Solomon Maleu, Rolf Smith, Calvin Kahindi and Ian Kambata delivered the four tries in the second half. Songi converted Smith and Calvin’s tries as Kambata topped up on his own.

In the buildup game Upper Hill II had a narrow escape against Strathmore's equivalents to win it 29-22.

The latest win left head coach Tom Walgwe, who took over mid last year from sibling Victor Walgwe - now at Dagoretti High, on a high.

"They (Strathmore) played very well but we played better. We are now top of the group and we can now start focusing and planning on the quarterfinals," he said exclusively to Raga House

Upper Hill went to the game sited third in pool A with nine points behind Ofafa Jericho (13 points) and Muhuri Muchiri (ten points). They are now top with 14 points and could stretch further away with a win in their final group game against Muhuri Muchiri.

As Upper look to maintain top honors, Strathmore School were confined to bottom place after a fourth straight defeat, and for a second straight year, will have to go into a relegation playoff to maintain their Prescott Cup status. 

In their first two games Upper Hill had registered 21-13 and 22-0 wins over Ofafa Jericho and Nairobi School, respectively, while Strathmore had lost their previous three games; 40-5 to Muhuri Muchiri, 23-5 to Ofafa Jericho and 18-15 to Nairobi School. 

Upper unbeaten since mid 2015

The Wednesday win over Strathmore means Upper Hill are unbeaten in Prescott Cup since falling in the final of the 2015 edition after going down to Alliance High School 18-14 on the 27th of June of that year at the St. Mary's School.

In winning the 2016 title - their first ever, with a 36-3 win over Lenana School, Upper Hill were unbeaten on the field in the runup to that title. It has to be noted though that in that year they gave away ther fourth and final group A game to Lenana after they had confirmed a top finish after a 31-3 win over Muhuri Muchiri in their penultimate prelimiary game.

They stayed unbeaten in seven games to retain their title in 2017 with a 17-0 win over Rift Valley Academy.

"We want to maintain that streak as we look to retain the title once against and add it to the National XVs title we won earlier this year,"

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"Our focus is actually beyond this as we are using the Prescott Cup as the perfect buildup to the upcoming East African games in Rwanda. We will be going flat out to rest that title too." summed Tom confidently

Two games for Muhuri Muchiri against Nairobi School and Upper Hill will wrap group A activities. In pool B, five games are still pending; Lenana and St. Mary's are each yet to play Alliance and Mangu, two sides that had their initially planned game called off due to an accident. The pending game is yet to be re-dated.

RVA closed their games before the close of May and are top with 19 points, ready for knockouts.

Patrick Korir
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