Returning St. Mary's School, playing in Prescott Cup for the first time since 2014, was handed a rude awakening as they went down 63-7 to Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in their opening games on Saturday 5 May.
The opening fixture of the elite schools competition was played at the St. Mary's grounds on the sidelines of an official sponsorship launch that saw Prescott Cup get the backing of Homeboyz to the tune of Kshs. 7.5 million for three years.
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RVA landed ten tries adding five conversions and a penalty for the win as the home team managed a converted try. Fullback Janrich Volshenk - voted Prescott Cup MVP in 2017 - was the toast for RVA as he went over four times as wingers Ben Adkins and Eugene Omalla picked a hat trick and brace, respectively. Ben Stocksdale kicked in three conversions with Micah Wagner adding the other two.
RVA led 27-7 at half time from a penalty and four tries - two of which were converted against St. Mary's lone converted try.
In the second half the 2017 Prescott Cup finalists added 36 unanswered points from six tries - three converted, for the fine start.
Volshenk drilled home a penalty to start it all for RVA nine minutes into the game. Ten minutes later winger Adkins landed the first try that set the tone for a second one from Volshenk. Both were not converted for RVA to lead 13-0.
Two converted tries from number 8 Logan Overturf and Volshenk stretched RVA to a 27-0 before St. Mary's responded with a converted try for their only points in the game.
In the second half Adkins completed his brace before star of the game Volshenk added the next two to complete the game with a personal four tries.The first two tries were converted.
Winger Omalla landed a brace in between one by Adkins who completed his brace. Omalla's last try was converted.
Speaking to Raga House, RVA head coach Nathan Reincheld said;
"It was a good first game for RVA. It was evident that both teams played with great effort. It is always a wonderful time with good hard rugby to play the Saints since they are one of our historical rivals in the Prescott Cup."
St. Mary's were out of the Prescott Cup for three years and the Saturday game was their first since 2014.
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The two are contesting pool B that also has Alliance High School, Mangu High and Lenana School.
Back-to-back champions Upper Hill School spearhead pool A that also has Nairobi School, Ofafa Jericho, Muhuri Muchiri and Strathmore School.
Further Prescott Cup games could be in the offing on Wednesday with more on Saturday at Nairobi School as most of the games will be consolidated into a one-venue festival including Damu Pevu and Damu Pevu II.