Nondies maintain top spot with unbeaten run in rugby championships still in check

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 11:00 | By
Nondies maintain top spot with unbeaten run in rugby championships still in check
Nondescripts winger Dan Okito (centre) is tackled by Menengai Oilers fullback Austin Sikutwa tussle for the ball. PHOTO/Alex Njue

Former Kenya cup side Nondescripts RFC continued their impressive record in the second tier of the KRU championship league with a 46-6 win over varsity side Kabarak University in a game staged at the Ngong racecourse grounds.

Courtesy of the win Nondies remains on top of the log with 34 points from seven games with only four more games left to the playoffs for a chance to make a comeback in the top tier. Second-placed South Coast Pirates were on the winning streak again after edging out the University of Eldoret Trojans 28-3 in a fixture held in Ukunda, Mombasa. The pirates have accumulated 25 points to their name after seven rounds of play.

In another fixture third, placed Daystar Falcons were lucky enough to snatch a 23-17 win against USIU Martials in a Varsity fixture which would see the Falcons climb to third position with 23 points. Another former Kenya cup side Western Bulls were awarded a 28-0 walkover against newly formed Zetech Oaks after the Varsity side failed to show up for the much-awaited fixture in Kakamega.

Former Kenya cup sides Kisumu RFC and Impala RFC are all in a favourable position to qualify for the playoffs with both teams accumulating 22 and 15 points respectively.

USIU, Zetech, and Eldoret RFC could be relegated at the end of the season if both teams continue to post losses in their upcoming fixtures.

Meanwhile, Former New Zealand prop Campbell Johnstone hopes to “take away the pressure and stigma” after becoming the first All Black to come out as gay.

The 43-year-old, who played in three Tests in 2005, decided not to come out publicly during his playing career but had told his friends and family.

“I was never comfortable with the whole concept and my dream was to be an All Black,” he told TVNZ.

“My view of an All Black was manly, strong, possibly with a wife and kids.”

Johnstone, who also made 72 appearances for Canterbury and 38 for the Crusaders before retiring in 2012, told current affairs TV program Seven Sharp how he had been “living a lie” and leading a “double life”.

“If I can be the first All Black that comes out as gay and take away the pressure and stigma surrounding the issue, it can actually help other people,” added Johnstone.

-Additional reporting by BBC

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