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Rugby Super Series: Cheetahs move top, Buffaloes pick first win

Sunday, May 12th, 2024 08:11 | By
A scrum-contest between Lions and Cheetahs in Rugby Super Series. PHOTO/Screengrab by Collins Amanga
A scrum-contest between Lions and Cheetahs in Rugby Super Series. PHOTO/Screengrab by Collins Amanga

Cheetahs secured their second consecutive win in the Rugby Super Series by defeating the Lions 18-16 at Nakuru Athletics Club.

The home crowd witnessed an impressive performance from the Lawrence Buyachi-coached side, who displayed a combination of experience and youthful talent.

Rugby Super Series tries

Tries from Tyson Maina and Beldad Ogeta, along with accurate kicking by Quinto Ongo, paved the way for the Cheetahs' triumph. Ongo's conversion and penalty added crucial points to their tally.

The first half saw a close contest, with Elvis Namusasi's penalty being the only score. However, the game exploded into action in the second half, marked by relentless scoring and dramatic moments.

Maina's try followed by Ongo's penalty extended the Cheetahs' lead, but Namusasi's accurate kicking narrowed the gap for the Lions. Yellow cards were handed out to players from both teams, adding to the tension on the field.

Kenya Simbas winger Beldad Ogeta's try further boosted the Cheetahs' lead, with Philip Okeyo's penalty adding more points. Although the Lions fought back with a converted try by Manasseh Oduor, it wasn't enough to snatch victory as the final whistle blew.

In another match, the Buffaloes clinched their first win of the Rugby Super Series with a 27-21 victory over the Rhinos.

Griffin Chao's outstanding performance on the left wing played a crucial role in the victory for the Max Adaka-coached side.

Both teams showed determination to secure their first win of the series, with Rhinos initially taking the lead through John Aswani's try. However, Chao's brilliance helped the Buffaloes level the scores, setting the stage for an intense battle.

Rugby Super Series log

Yellow cards were exchanged between the teams, but Buffaloes capitalized on their opportunities, with captain Geoffrey Shitambasi and Chao scoring vital tries. Despite Rhinos' comeback efforts led by Amon Wamalwa's penalties, Buffaloes held on for the win.

With this result, the Cheetahs now lead the four-team log with 8 points, followed by the Lions with 6 points. Buffaloes climb to third place with 4 points after their victory, leaving Rhinos at the bottom without any points after two rounds.

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