[Photo courtesy of Daystar falcons Rugby Team]
By Ken Andrew
The Daystar Rugby Falcons finally won promotion into the KRU Championship after a 22-o shutout of Mombasa RFC in their national semi final. Mombasa RFC, who are the Coastal champions, found it very hard to score against the determined Falcons. The determination most likely emanated from last year’s semi final loss to Shamas which denied them promotion.
Coming into the match, the Falcons had gone through a tough Bungoma RFC in what seemed like their hardest match of the season, thus had to train hard for Mombasa as many expected much of the same from them. There was tangible anxiety and intensity amongst the fans as the match began. At the end of the first half, the Falcons led 11-0 after the captain John Oliele put away a penalty and dropgoal. His points were supplemented by a try from Eric Miheso to close out the first half.
In the second half, John Oliele put away another penalty and dropgoal before Joshua Ngomeli scored the final try to close out the game. The Falcons will now face Zetech in the final with both team already qualified for the championship.
The championship is the second tier in the KRU League set up and it consists of twelve teams. The Falcons will now be a step closer to the top tier which is the Kenya Cup.