Upper Hill returns to Prescott Cup finals
By Patrick Korir | Wed 21 Jun, 2017 18:10

Champions Upper Hill School hit Nairobi School 31-3 at the St. Mary's School on the evening of Wednesday 21 June to qualify for a second straight Prescott Cup final. They face Rift Valley Academy (RVA) at the same venue on Saturday 24 June starting 11am. 

The dominant Upper Hill, unbeaten in the Prescott Cup this season, led 14-3 at half time before topping up with 17 unanswered points in the second half to win the semi final duel. 

Also read Nairobi School through to Prescott Cup semi

In whole Upper Hill ran in five tries and had three of them converted while Patch managed just one penalty from Asol Apinde. It could have been a respectable score line for the 'visitors' had Asol not missed three other penalties. 

Patch who dismissed Mangu High 33-19 the day before in the quarters to make the semi sounded the board first with Asol's penalty 11 minutes into the game. Harrison Ojwang responded with a dashing try for Upper Hill two minutes later, fly half Twalib Wesonga following it up with a conversion for a 7-3 lead. 

11 minutes later Twalib went over under the posts after outwitting his markers then added the extras for an 14-3 lead that went all the way to break. 

Into the second half, Nairobi School who defended well in the first half were error prone and within ten minutes were down 24-3 after Upper Hill added two unconverted tries by winger-turned-fullback on the day Jonathan Madru Madruga and Winston Kombo.

In the 29th minute speedster Madruga completed his brace when slinked down the left pocket to round the Patch backs in the box before finally touching down under the posts. A Twalib conversion wrapped up the game. 

Coaches comments

Speaking after the game Nairobi school coach Allan Wanjohi did not hide his displeasure after the loss. He expected a competitive second half but it was not to be. He said; "We came to compete not to participate. We simply did not show and did not play as expected,"

His Upper Hill counterpart Victor Walgwe was a happy man - though he did not show it, and is already planning for the final on Saturday. 

"Our plan was to reach the final and we were not short of that objective. We wanted to achieve what we did last year (making the final) and we achieved it. We are therefore happy. As for Saturday the plan will be known on that Saturday." he added

RVA qualified for the final first on Monday after seeing off visiting Alliance High 27-19 in Kikuyu. 

The St. Mary's ground - venue for the Saturday final has been favorable for either side in recent times; it is where Upper Hill downed Lenana School 36-3 to win their first ever Prescott Cup final in early July 2016 while for RVA it is where they reclaimed Blackrock in 2017 after four years - their record eleventh title. 

Patrick Korir
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