Kenya Rugby Nationwide league heads into semis
Kenya Rugby Union Nationwide sides will face off this Saturday in semi-finals matches with the winners joining the KRU Championship league.
The quarter-finals were played across three venues last weekend with one match failing to kick off after Citam Kisumu failed to provide a secure playing arena, according to a statement by KRU.
Daystar University thus benefitted from a 28-0 walkover against Citam to proceed to the semi-finals where the varsity side will meet Shamas at RFUEA grounds while Kitale awaits Kabarak University.
For the right to host the semis, Shamas beat Maseno 22-0 while Kitale overcame JKUAT Cougars 27-8. As Shamas prepare to meet Daystar, Kitale will be treading with caution against Kabarak who shocked the Technical University of Mombasa by 38-29 points.
There was excitement when the KRU Nationwide League playoffs resumed as the games marked the official return of the new season, including regional and Championship games.
Finalists will automatically join 14 other sides in a race to make the Kenya Cup cut as from next season where promotions and relegation will be back in place.
The quest to make a cut in the incoming Championship league also gave the KRU a chance to kick off the World Rugby global law trials including if the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents’ 22, they will throw into the resultant line out.
The ball cannot be passed or carried back into the defensive half for the 50:22 to be played. The phase must originate inside the defensive half.
The hoped-for benefit is that it will reduce the number of big collisions and therefore reduce injury to the head.