South Coast Pirates have picked up their opening win of the season after defeating Catholic Monks 31-24 in Ukunda.
Prior to today, Pirates had set out to win their previous two matches but were undone as their opponents Mean Machine and USIU came out strongly in the second halves. This was not to happen anymore and this time, despite being dominated in the first half, Pirates returned as the stronger side to seal the all important win.
A brace of tries by Kevin Amiani, a penalty try and solo efforts from Joseph Musyoka and replacement Ibrahim Kanyi ensured Pirates secured all five points to send Monks, who scored three tries, away with nothing in the final fixture of the year.
After two close but morale boosting wins against Ngong and JKUAT, Monks arrived with their confidence high and were on top of their game for at least the opening half hour as they pinged Pirates back and dominated possession.
Eighth man Boniface Amimo crossed for his first of two with the conversion ensuring Pirates trailed 7-0 but Monks' lead was short lived as Kevin Amiani went over to make it a tie ball game at the break.
Still, Monks returned as the sharper side in the second half and after winning a penalty which was struck beautifully between the posts, Amimo landed his second of the day but their lead was pegged back to three after centre referee Jones Njulu awarded a penalty try following cynical play on what was a possible try by Marko Amani.
Pirates continued to push on and were rewarded when Joseph Musyoki initiated a counter attack deep from the Pirates half to run all the way for his second try of the season. Amiani may have missed the conversion but eager to correct the wrongs from the previous matches, Pirates added another try through replacement loose forward Ibrahim Kanyi who preyed on a charged down kick to touch down for a 26-17 score.
Monks were quick to reply through a converted try but that was as far as their efforts could go and if the try lifted anyone, then it was the Pirates lads who landed the final nail on the coffin through a second try by Kevin Amiani.