By Boscow Ambunda Makokha
The battle to compete in the Kenya Rugby Championship League next season intensified as the contest entered the quarter finals over the weekend.
The hotly contested rugby series took place at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in Kakamega County.
MMUST RFC dashed Technical University of Mombasa (TUM)’s hopes of playing in the Kenya Rugby Championship League next season’s –rugby series with a commanding triumph of 39-10.
Tries from Samwel Mbeche, Felix Wamocho, Eli Kahoro and Timothy helped MMUST RFC to book a space in the semi-finals slated for next weekend.
TUM who are based in Mombasa County made only two conversions in the game.
MMUST RFC advanced to the quarter finals after humiliating Maseno RFC 22-5 during the Western Region nationwide finals.
Speaking to the County Guardian News after the game, MMUST RFC head coach Ochieng Ahaya applauded his team’s performance and exuded confidence that they will also get good results in the semis.
Dr Ahaya said the good results were just but an extension of their good performance they exhibited at the regional stage where they finished top in Western Region Rugby series.
“We’ve played a good game today which is good for us because our ambition is to play in the championship next season. It’s a target we can’t let go easily. We shall face our opponents in the semis more energized,” said Dr Ahaya.
The win advanced Mmust RFC to the semis where they are scheduled to play the winner between Eldoret RFC verses Northern suburbs RFC on May 12 this year.
Contestants at the final stage of the nationwide finals will get automatic qualification to play in the Rugby Championship Series next season while losers at the semis will get a chance in the playoffs to qualify to the championship.
The championship league is the second league of rugby series in Kenya after the Kenya cup.