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RVA in Prescott Cup finals, Muhuri Muchiri in semis
By Patrick Korir | Tue 26 Jun, 2018 19:45

Rift Valley Academy (RVA) qualified for a second straight Prescott final after seeing off host Ofafa Jericho 13-7  in a semi final tie played on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

At the same time, Muhuri Muchiri qualified for the semis for the first time ever after seeing off host Alliance High School 10-8 in Kikuyu on Tuesday.

Also read Prescott Cup: Lenana travels, Alliance at home for quarters

Muhuri Muchiri will now face back-to-back champions Upper Hill in the second semi to be played on Thursday.

The winner of the Thursday affair will take on RVA in the final set to curtain raise the Kenya - Zimbabwe Africa Gold Cup clash on Saturday 30 June at RFUEA grounds.

Ofafa Jericho 7 RVA 13

The game played at Ofafa saw the host denied a place in the final for the second time in six years by RVA. Back in 2013, in their maiden Prescott Cup season, Ofafa went down to RVA by the same scoreline in Kijabe. 

RVA led 10-7 at half time and completed their mission in the second half with a penalty from fly half Mica Smith. A try from winger Jared Jackson and conversion from Smith had RVA 7-0 up. That spurred Ofafa to action as they tied the game at seven all with a try from Abraham Ochieng and conversion by skipper and fly half Brian Ratilla. A penalty from Smith thereafter saw RVA take the half time lead. 

It was the second time the two were facing off in five weeks and it was apt revenge for RVA who were stripped off their Blackrock title by the Ofafa boys at St. Mary's on 19 May. They went  down 10-0 in that final.

RVA had complained prior to the game over the criteria used to have the game at Ofafa and not in Kijabe considering they had topped their Pool. 

Alliance High 8 Muhuri Muchiri 10

In Kikuyu Muhuri Muchiri made history by qualifying for to their first ever Prescott Cup semi after seeing off host and three-time champs Alliance.

The visitors led 7-5 at half time with a try from Kevin Ogwambo that was converted by Melvin Ng'ang'a. A Victor Ayiro drop goal in the second half sent them through.

Rather interestingly, Alliance were playing their first Prescott game this year in that quarter final. Their first season game against Mangu was un-played due to an accident to the traveling Wazimbas. They were later awarded the game as well as two other walkovers against St. Mary's and Lenana School. They issued out a walkover of their own to RVA after arriving late for a festival at Lenana.

Patrick Korir
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