Rugby in Kenya has continued to attract corporate support upon corporate support. This year it gets more interesting as there is a new office in place and so far so good. The first major event on their calendar is the Bamburi Super Series.
The event is modelled around the Super Series which features teams from the biggest rugby playing countries in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa with each of the countries currently contributing 5 composite teams.
This year's event has 8 franchises Buffaloes (sponsored by Mumias Sugar), Cheetahs (SDV Transami), Rhino (UAP), Lions, Bulls (Coastal), Sharks(Nguvu) with Rwenzori and Victoria from Uganda.
The first leg of the games happened last Saturday with the Cheetahs winning by the biggest margin against Rwenzori 49-0 and the Ugandans in Victoria edging Buffaloes 16-5 for the lowest score of the day. The second leg comes up this Saturday and round 3 on 14th May with the semis on 21st and finals 2 weeks later on 4th June 2011.
With the rearranged calendar of the rugby season, these are positive developments for the game especially the 15-a-side game which needs continuous build-up as Kenya hopes to replicate the fairy tale that the 7s team has had.
It is hoped that franchises can up their game and live up to some interesting games , though some critics have been quick to say there's little in terms of incentive for the players thus the games have become mere formalities. This is proper picking ground for Michael 'Tank' Otieno and his 15-a-side team for the national side. Technically though, those in charge need improve on the standard of the game to make the tournament make and keep the standards expected.
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