The South coast Pirates travelled to Nairobi on Nov 24th and succumbed 39-14 for their second defeat of the season to United States international University.
The hosts got on the scoreboard first with three tries in the first half from Eliud Mulakoli, Joe Awori and second half from Wilfred Odhiambo in addittion to Musa Shabani. They were also awarded four penalties that Mulakoli converted.
The second half saw a much more improved performance from the Pirates as they fought to get back in the game, the forwards brilliant play led to Kevin Amiani crossing over the chalk and Timothy Osija being awarded a late penalty try after he was fouled in the try box. Sudi Hassan scored the conversion.
The Pirates suffered setbacks with concussion to Captain and flanker Charles Okwemba forcing to a change in set-pieces approach. He had a head concussion in the first half. It has been confirmed that he is responding well but would be out for two weeks as precautionary for head injuries. Collins Kabayo also suffered a second consecutive injury and had to be withdrawn.
In post match interview Team Manager Kevin Amiani said "I think we had a better second half than first half. We took too long to settle and let in early points which led to a poor start. Our opponents gained confidence because we put ourselves in a difficult situation." Head Coach Lawi Buyachi who was also involved in the second half of the match had his views known "Our biggest undoing was practical decision making." When asked whether we would expect any changes in the Wasps game he said "We will stick to our game plan & just increase our execution rate No major changes, just positional due to injuries & unavailability."
The Pirates have a chance to redeem themselves at home on 1st December at 'The Dock' St.Joseph grounds against an Egerton side that also lost to Ngong Warriors 15-6.