JKUAT Rugby Sevens team, famously known as the JKUAT Cougars, put on a splendid performance in Kakamega during the 1st series of the Stanbic Bank National Rugby Sevens circuit in Division II, July 20-21, 2019. Out of the 24 teams in the Division, the JKUAT Cougars were the 6th best team overall.
Pooled in Pool F, tries from the captain Eugene Asava, David Mukuna, Bram Kilwake, William Wangala and Roy Mutethie saw the Cougars beat both Stinger RFC 26-0 and KCAAA Stormers 17-0 to advance to the cup quarter final against Kenyatta University, Black Blad.
The Cougars however lost to Black Blad 17-5, consequently dropping to the 5th place semi-final where they faced Embu RFC.
Bracing the Kakamega rains, a hat-trick of tries from Eugene and each from William and Vice-Captain, Rodgers Tenya gave the cougars a comfortable win of 34-0 over the Embu RFC. In the 5th place final, Cougars narrowly lost to Mombasa RFC 10-5.
While congratulating the team for a job well done, Cougars Coach, Smith Muhoya said, reaching the 5th place final was a testament that the work they have been putting in for the past 10 months has started to bear fruits.
“This is a great achievement for the team and especially for the young players in the team who have shown confidence and grit to compete,” quipped Smith. William, one of the young players, had three tries in the tournament.
Going forward, the coach said, the team will continue to put in the work and build on the confidence, composure and discipline of the team.
“It is always our target to win and we will be going to subsequent tournaments with the top price in mind,” a confident Smith assured.
Buoyed by the performance of his team, Cougars captain, Eugene said as a team, they need to work on the maturity of the players and clean up on the unforced errors made throughout the tournament.
“Being a relatively young team, we need to work on our passing, ball handling and scrummage among other rugby core skills and in the long run, build on the confidence and momentum of the tournament,” said Eugene.
The JKUAT cougars were chaperoned by Director Sports, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, Sports Officer, Kizito Mukhwana, Assistant Coach, Moses Muiruri, Team Manager, Bonface Nyabioge and Team Physio, Veronica Kirigo.