The first edition of the George Barbour Memorial Cup has been won by Mombasa RFC following a second victory over rivals South Coast Pirates in as many weeks.
Following the 13-10 defeat at Mombasa Sports Club on 20th October, South Coast Pirates still remained hopeful of reversing the three point deficit and winning the return match but the head coach Lawrence Buyachi and his players will rue a last minute try scored by the visitors who were confirmed eventual champions following a 20-14 win at Ukunda Showground on October 27th.
Mombasa led 8-0 and remained defensively solid for a majority of the opening forty minutes but were pegged back when SCP midfielder Charles Tendwa crossed over the whitewash right before the close of the first half, the resulting conversion making it a one point game at halftime.
Both sides would continue to have a go at each other, treating the vocal home crowd to an absolute spectacle but in the end it was the visiting side who emerged triumphant after outscoring the hosts 12-7 in the second half.
Tendwa added a second try to his name and SCP led 14-13 with the clock wearing down but Mombasa remained composed despite losing their lead and struck back through a try of their own to seal a good, close contest.
At the end of the game, disappointment was clear on the faces of the home players who not only missed out on the chance to honour the club’s late founder George Barbour but also lost a home game to their bitter rivals Mombasa.
SCP scorers – Charles Tendwa (Two tries), Conversions by Hajj Mohammed and Phillip Mbisi
Aggregate SCORE – Mombasa 33 South Coast Pirates 24