The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Blue Print Win Star-Sponsored Rugby

Blue Print rugby team beat Eldoret RFC 17-5 in the final match of the Naivasha 10-aside tournament sponsored by The Star Daily. Blue Print led 12-0 at the interval. Black Blad won the late final after beating Comras 12-0 in a thrilling game while Stormers won the bowl after beat new entrants Naivasha RFC by 5-0.

Eric Ombachi was declared the Most Valuable Player of the two-day tournament with Paul Nzioka from Blue Print being declared the player of the tournament.

Naivasha residents had a reason to smile after their team was declared the team of the two-day tournament. Blue Print skipper Joash Odhalo praised the decision to take the game to Naivasha, saying it would go along way in unearthing new talent.

Odhalo said the emerging teams had posed a major challenge to them on their way to the finals. "The quality of the game is improving and it was a noble idea to take the game away from Nairobi," he said.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) secretary Jack Okoth said plans were underway to bring regional teams to tourney next year. He said plans were underway to hold more tournaments in other towns and pointed to Nanyuki as a possible next destination. "The weekend has seen the emergence of new teams and talent and we are committed to tapping new talents at the grassroots," he said.

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