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Man of the match Wokorach leaves Simbas bedazzled

Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes during a scrum Saturday evening at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Photo via @ntvuganda
Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes during a scrum Saturday evening at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Photo via @ntvuganda

That he was named man of the match on such a charged evening of rugby is no simple fete. In all honesty, Rugby Cranes fullback Phillip Wokorach left fans, Ugandans and Kenyans alike, bedazzled!

These are things you see in NBA championships; but the lanky 24-year old displays in rugby. He is lithe, like a snake; he doesn’t just sidestep: he weaves, dances, and sprints. One of the commentators described him as “breaking tackles like knife through butter”.

You wouldn’t even tell he’s broken a tackle, because it’s like he’s never challenged! It’s a wonder he’s debuted for the Cranes: he should have been here already, but for horrific injuries and long spells of recovery.

Kenya beat uganda 45-24, but on the evening he made two tries; the first left the RFUEA fully packed stadium in awe, the second in disbelief!

Which one was more more mind stopping is a question of serious debate. The second one though was unbelievable. Cranes were trailing, legs were tired, fatigue had set in.

He picked a ball, sidestepped once, dummied, then span – in full flight – to beat an army of Kenyan adversaries. He’s got height advantage, so he didn’t even get to the touchline; he simply stretched his arm as the last man managed to get his legs, and touched down! Incredible stuff!

Against Namibia at home, he was a tale. Reports indicate they still talk about him. His first try: he kicked high up, chased and caught the ball, and sprinted to the touchline. Namibians were so awed they just looked on as he charged for a try.

The second one he intercepted a pass, ‘danced’ around and bust for the touchline. It’s like Namibia had already given up on him.

Wokos is a tag rugby graduate; he’s been to the UK for an invitational rugby development stint. He’s one of the most successful tag rugby trust graduates world over.

His fetes are incredible; he’s already had two horrific injuries in his young career. His right femur snapped during a league game with then G4S Pirates. The second injury was in the UK during a rugby development stint with Esher Rugby Club. But not even those setbacks will stop him.

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