Lions too strong for the Rhinos
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The Lions proved too strong for the Rhinos to handle, running out 29-7 winners over the Callum Oliver-coached side. Oliver Mang’eni’s side raced to a 22-0 lead before the breather before coming back to kill out the game with a converted try in the second half. 

First-half tries from Givens Onyango, co-captain Obat Kuke, and Felix Ojoo coupled with two conversions and a penalty saw the Lions establish early dominance in a game that looked even on paper. 

In the second half, Emmanuel Opondo snipped at the base to go over for the Lions’ bonus point try. Namusasi added the extras without any real problem. It would have looked done and dusted, but the Rhinos put up a spirited fight.

First, a foray into the Lions’ 22 saw Eliakim Kichoi shown yellow leaving the Lions at a disadvantage. They would have capitalized on the next phase of play, but their hard work was undone by a knock on. 

Sheldon Kahi would however go over in the last 10 minutes of play, Evin Asena adding the extras. Both teams would have a go at each other, but none would succeed in breaching the others’ defense. 

Speaking after the game, Rhinos’ Assistant Coach Callum Oliver rued his teams missed chances attributing the mistakes to the little time the boys have spent training together. “We had a few training sessions together and that is why we had so many errors. Going forward, we will work on the areas that we feel have failed us and come back strong for the next game,” said Oliver. 

On his side, Oliver Mang’eni was an elated coach, attributing his team’s win to the plan they worked on during the week. “We had a plan heading into this game. Everyone knew what they had to do, and the boys really executed it to the letter,” said Mang’eni. 

The Rugby Super Series now heads to Nakuru for the second round on May 11. The Lions will take on the Cheetahs who ran out 18-5 winners over the Buffaloes in the early kick off. Mang’eni believes that there are some changes that are going to take place for his team to beat the Cheetahs in their backyard. 

“We are going to sit down and review the game. A number of players are looking to get a run with the team. We have the U20 boys who have rested enough. There are Simbas players who need to be seen by their technical bench too. We will look at all this and determine who is ready to play against the Cheetahs,” concludes Mang’eni. 

With the result, Lions now sit top of the log having gotten a bonus point. Cheetahs are second with four points while Buffaloes and Rhinos are third and fourth respectively.

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