Rugby Cranes’ seven-point aantage from the the first leg of the annual Elgon Cup proved irrelevant as the national team was obliterated 34-0 by Kenya who consequently retained the trophy.Like on many occasions prior to Saturday, the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds in Nairobi, proved to be the venue for many painful defeats for Uganda.This will rank among the worst as Peter Magona’s side failed to trouble the scoreboard having carried a 21-14 lead earned at Kyadondo grounds seven days before the return leg.Many had feared that Nato Simiyu’s last minute try at Kyadondo that reduced the margin for the understrength Kenyan side from 21-7 would be decisive. In the end, it was only a footnote.Tries from Philip Owour, Simiyu, Godfrey Mbeya, Eden Agero and Victor Brown made the game a formality. The aggregate score read: Kenya 51 Uganda 21! Trophies: Kenya 8 Uganda 2! It felt like Madagascar 2013 when Kenya scored eight tries to beat Uganda 52-11 in an Africa Cup semifinal.To think that the Lions even had second thoughts about taking part in this year’s Elgon Cup would be wrong. They wanted this despite not fielding their best team.Also, the opposition helped, that much. The sight of cranes players heading to the dugout depicted all the mess. They looked disoriented on the pitch.Even Magona himself could have mistaken them for a high school side. The defensive unit of the first encounter disintegrated quickly. Errors were the order of the day and probably, no coach would have saved the day.“I had never played in such an atmosphere away from home. The tension got to me,” fullback Solomon Okia, man of the match in the Kyadondo leg, said.The tone had been set earlier in the day by the women and U-19s. Kenya Lionesses completed the double with a 39-10 victory for a 72-25 aggregate score.oach Robert Seguya was helpless as his U-19 had a 15-10 aantage from Kampala wiped away in a 27-12 loss.
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SOURCE: Daily Monitor