The Kenya Chipu U20 side selected from the Nairobi region recorded a 20-10 victory over their counterparts cherrypicked from the Western side in a Saturday afternoon exhibition match played at the RFUEA Grounds.
In the match that served as the curtain-raiser for Kenya Simbas’ historic Currie Cup Division One clash against South African side Leopards, the Nairobi team showed excellent character to take a 13-10 halftime break after going down first.
The Western U20 outfit had taken a 0-5 lead after landing the game’s first try which was not converted but two similar unconverted tries from Nairobi swung the scores to 10-5.
The Western side however managed to momentarily restore parity in the game as they breached the Chipu defense for a second time but a successful penalty conversion helped the Nairobi side steal a narrow lead at the break.
In a tight second half, only Nairobi select managed to get on the board as they landed a center post try that was easily converted to secure the 20-10 win.
The two sides will again meet next weekend 11 June 2022 when the Simbas take on Eastern Province Elephants in their last game of the Currie Cup Division One tournament.
Chipu Nairobi Select Squad
David Mwangi (Nakuru), Habakkuk Ouma (Nakuru), Mike Wamalwa (Kenya Harlequin), Alex Owuor (Northern Suburbs), Eddy Wambugu (Shamas), Patrick Wainaina (Kenya Harlequin), Ogido Washington (Northern Suburbs), Boaz Kemei (Blak Blad), Arnold Olwande (Catholic Monks), Raphael Wanga (Zetech Oaks), Maurice Paul (Blak Blad), Zephenes Obwanga (Northern Suburbs), Kevin Mumbo (Daystar Falcons), Vincent Omondi (Kenya Harlequin), Godwin Munene (Embu), Dennis Kisingu (Upper Hill School), Jimmy Otieno (Northern Suburbs), Samwel Simwada (Impala), Mbela Dennis (Strathmore Leos), Edmond Omondi (Masinde Muliro), Iddo Kuta (Kenya Harlequin), Laban Kipsang (Kenya Harlequin), Sam Ojema (Upper Hill School), Brian Mayako (Mean Machine), George Otieno (Shamas), Randy Paul Wamah (Blak Blad)
u20 Western Select Squad
Eugene Obat, Denzel Washingotn, Faiz Alulu, David Kododa, Cecil Kechule (Maseno School), Nickson Shevei (Vihiga Granites), Aturo Fortune, Michael Lukusi, Sam Bachai (Vihiga High School), Wandukwa Samuel (Maseno University), Andy Cole Anyangu (Chavakali High School), Hezron Kiptoo, Emmanuel Okello (Moi University), Wycliffe Ayieko, Mike Murithi, Eugene Etale, Jibril Joseph, James Okwemba, Daniel Omondi, Victor Wawire Wanyama, Jackson Siketi, Brian Kiptanui (Koyonzo High School), Robin Lihigu, Chris Kenneth (St Mary’s Yala), Rayvon Ambale (Butula High School)