Strathmore University 2nd Best in French Riviera Rugby Sevens
Nice – France 9th – 12th April
Kenya’s’ rugby sevens champions- Strathmore Leos- represented the country at the French Riviera Rugby Sevens held from the 9th to 12th of April 2010 in Nice, France. The tournament brought together University rugby champions from all over the world. Officials from the Kenya Embassy in Paris led by the First Counsellor were there to receive,cheer and support Strathmore University during their matches. This year’s title sponsors were France Deloitte, and speaking at the tournament’s opening dinner, the CEO of France Deloitte Mr. Jean Paul Picard welcomed the teams to France and wished them a great tournament. After the dinner a pooling draw was done and Strathmore was to face INP Lausanne from Switzerland, EM Lyon from France, Aston University from Birmingham and Lahore University from Pakistan in the group games of pool B.
Group photo caption- Mr. Mitch Ocholla ( Coach), Peter Kepha, Anthony Abala, Oscar Otindo, Maurice Mbai, Michael Wanjala, Mr. Edwin Maloba ( Premier Conseiller- Kenya Embassy France), Mr. Isaac Mwangi, Mrs. Nancy Njoroge (Troisieme Secretaire Affaires Administratives- Kenya Embassy France), Mr. Paul Ochieng.
Back row (left right) Brian Okwomi, Seth Machuki, Felix Ayange, Anthony Nyandigisi, Ken Andola, Felix Osiemo and Davis Nyarige
In their first game, the Leos faced INP Lausanne, playing their usual first paced game, it took Seth Machuki two minutes to score Strathmore’s first try in Europe and put the score at 5-0. The Strathmore Leos never looked back and at the final whistle they saw off their opponents 38-0, thanks to Maurice Mbai, Ken Andola, Peter Kepha and Michael Wanjala who scored twice. In the second game we faced EM Lyon and in this game too Leos scored 55 points past their opponents without a response courtesy of Michael Wanjala, Felix Ayange, Davis Nyarige, Ken Andola, Anthony Abala and Peter Kepha. Strathmore Closed the first day on a high beating Aston University 27-5 with tries coming from Oscar Otindo, Michael Wanjala and two from Peter Kepha. “I was impressed with the team, they played well and am happy the weather was good with plenty of sun shine and not as windy as expected” said the Leos’ coach Mitch Ocholla after the first day of play.