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figure By AYUMBA AYODI The University of Nairobi's Mean Machine are the inaugural Varsity League champions.Fullback Trevor Arina slotted over a curling penalty as Machine downed Blak Blad from Kenya University 15-12 to lift the trophy in a thrilling final at the University of Nairobi grounds.

Blak Blad stormed into a lead 3-0 when fly-half Lionel Ajelit scored one of his three penalties but eighthman Aaron Otieno landed from a maul to put Machine ahead 5-3. Then Ajelit would chalk a drop goal followed by a penalty as Blad Blad, who are the Kenya Universities champions, took a 9-5 lead at the drinks.The see-saw affair saw Machine awarded a penalty try for a 12-9 lead.

Ajelit's third penalty levelled matters for Blak Blad before Arina's exploits handed Machine victory at home.Egerton University crushed Catholic University of East Africa 20-0 after leading 13-0 at the break to finish third.

Flanker Bramwel Omwago and fly-half Felix Oloo scored a try each before winger Brian Ndege curled over a penalty for Egerton's 13-0 lead at the break.Omwago completed his brace as scrum-half Stanley Maina converted to put Egerton beyond reach.

It was double victory for Machine when their other team handed United States International University (USIU) a 12-8 defeat to win the Varsity category at the Impala Floodlit tournament on Saturday.Skipper Shedon Munoko, who was declared the Most Valuable Player at Floodlit with a total of eight tries, scored a try in the final against USIU.

Charles Kinyanjui added another try that Eric Muthama converted for victory.

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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Oct 27, 2018
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