Catholic Monks have emerged victorious, winning 21-10 against South Coast Pirates in the Championship matchday nine fixture played at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Monks, eager to avoid losing twice to Pirates, scored three tries to Pirates' two for the victory which Pirates took no point from but put a real fight to stay in the contest until its end. However, despite having not won, Pirates did themselves no favour as the missed conversions to the two tries meant a losing bonus point was not awarded to the visitors.
Louis Ramone, Teddy Akala and Maxwell Omondi all crossed over for Monks with fullback Bremmer Namisi adding the extras in an effortless kicking display while Pirates' points were scored through tries by Hajj Mohammed and Oscar Agutu. Kevin Amiani missed both conversions, which if sent in, would have ensured a same points difference as the opening leg which ended 31-24 in favour of Pirates when the two sides met in December last year.
A spell of intense pressure in the opening quarter put Pirates on the backfoot as the team was forced to defend the hosts who strung together several phases as they worked their way into the Pirates territory. Monks continued to charge forward and their dominance of field possession accounted for the opening try of the game when Ramone was fed into space and touched down under the posts.
Pirates' search for a response began, but it was further stalled by another Monks try scored by loose forward Teddy Akala. The conversion made it 14-0 to the home team and although they continued to dominate the first half, Pirates found consolation through flyhalf Hajj Mohammed whose try brought the scores to 14-5 at the break.
Only needing at least ten points to take the lead, Pirates were only able to score a single try in the closing half and after Agutu brought the team back to within touching distance of Monks, the home side shifted into second gear. Maxwell Omondi added Monks' third try and when Namisi converted, the game appeared to be over with very limited time left on the clock.
Pirates would continue to search for another try but the Monks defence stood tall for the win at the close of the eighty minutes of a highly attritional encounter.