South Coast Pirates were edged 13-10 by Mombasa RFC when the two sides clashed in a preseason friendly on October 13th at Mombasa Sports Club.
Having won the opening preseason friendly 27-14 against Malindi a week earlier, Pirates showed no signs of letting the foot of the gas as the players emerged from the first half leading 7-0. Midfielder Charles Tendwa scored a try which Sudi Hussein converted to earn the away side a halftime lead following intense pressure applied on a Mombasa attack that saw them cough up the ball and concede afterwards.
SCP would continue to hold the upper hand in the second half and with substitutions being effected before the hour mark, the team hardly lost its quality and were destroying Mombasa in every scrum despite the head coach Lawrence Buyachi making alterations to the tight five department. But SCP began to find the going rather tough as we struggled to maintain our phase play due to poor ball retention in the contact area.
Mombasa meanwhile, were on full alert and took advantage of the Pirates’ shortcomings to score two unanswered tries. They led 10-7 after the conversions to both tries were missed but the scores were soon level after Mombasa conceded a penalty to gift three points to Pirates.
The action remained lively despite the lack of tries in the second half and with both sides hunting for even the slightest of opportunities to move into the lead, discipline played a big role in Mombasa emerging the eventual winners following a penalty that went against SCP. Mombasa were successful from the late penalty attempt and held on to win an evenly contested battle.
‘’The objective of the day was to expose the boys to a tough opponent so as to improve on our match fitness and to expose our strengths and weaknesses, which were exposed in equal measure.’’ said the head coach in his post-match interview with the club’s portal