Uganda Cranes beat Kenya Simbas for the first time in six years as they secured a 13-16 win in the first leg of the 2019 Elgon Cup on Saturday June 22 in Kisumu.
The last time Uganda beat Kenya before Saturday's match was June 15, 2013 when they won 16-17 in Nairobi. Last year's meeting between these two sides ended 38-22 in Nairobi. However, of the 23 who played in 2019, only seven made the matchday squad(average 22 years) in Kisumu.
Adrian Kasito put Uganda 5-0 up before Kenya Harlequin half-back Aaron Ofoywroth extended the lead to 8-0 via a penalty goal. He would cut between the sticks again to take Uganda 0-11 up Dominic Culson reduced the deficit to eight with a three-pointer going to the interval.
Pius Ogena landed a try for the visitors after the break but Ofoywroth sent his conversion attempt wide.
Substitute Griffin Musila went over for Kenya's first try with his KCB mate Jeff Okwach also landing a try to make it 13-16 as the extras were not converted. Uganda would however hold on to the three-point lead until the last play.
The Elgon Cup return leg is set for Saturday July 13 in Kampala which will double up as Victoria Cup -subject to Kenya Rugby Union confirmation.
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