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KCB retain Impala Floodlit trophy, Laiser Hill, Blak Blad also capture honours

Kenyatta University defend their varsities’ title as Ofafa Jericho Secondary fail to keep off the in-form school of the moment, Laiser Hill Academy


KENYA Commercial Bank [KCB] clinched their fourth Impala Floodlit Championship rugby title, running away with a dominant 30-3 title defeat of Harlequins in the final last Saturday.

It was Quins who showed all the early intent, forcing the defending champions into early infringements as Isaac Adimo missed two penalty attempts within the opening five minutes.

Fell behind

The challengers eventually fell behind through an Essau Otieno penalty which put the bankers 3-0 up after 10 minutes of play.

These three points seemed to spark life into KCB as they put Quins on the back foot, albeit momentarily. Quins were still in the game, dominating this spell of possession and gaining territory.

Winger Paul Abuto would latch onto a perfected weighted pop pass from Adimo, receiving the ball on the burst and breaching the KCB defense to gain a critical twenty or so meters but Dennis Muhanji out wide was unable to field the ensuing pass with the KCB try line within sight.

Dealt blow

This match would remain close; the bankers dealt a blow when captain Curtis Lilako sustaining a knock that hampered his mobility and effectiveness as Quins had the upper hand during this spell of the match.

KCB would eventually double their lead with Otieno’s penalty on the stroke of half time giving them a 6-0 lead heading into the breather. Quins would start the second half dominating all the possession, eventually halving the scores when Adimo slotted home a drop goal three minutes into the second half.

Choking

Kevin Onyango would miss a goal attempt five minutes later as the Ngong Road side looked ominous, seemingly choking the bankers into submission but things would soon change.

KCB, who threw on Oscar Simiyu to replace the struggling Lilako, emerged unscathed from a torrid spell, managing to claw their way back into possession. Their pressure paid off when referee Constant Cap awarded them a penalty try on 55 minutes, Otieno converting to extend their lead to 13-3.

10 minutes period

Cap would also send Quins scrum half Godfrey Okoth to the ‘sin bin’, reducing the 1990, 1997 and 1998 champions to 14 men for a 10 minute period.

KCB would throw on Kenya Sevens skipper Andrew Amonde and international rookie Jacob Ojee for Brian Sagara and Mike Omondi respectively while Quins introduced Brian Maina, Stephan Ottou and Nzioka Kioko for William Mawira, Leroy Anyembe and Dennis Omusula respectively.

Conversion

Allan Omuka would score against his former club, Otieno missing the conversion as the bankers went 18-3 up after 60 minutes of play and when Collins Wanjala landed nine minutes later, the 23-3 score line looked to have knocked the wind out of Quins sails.

Ojee would touch down at the death, Otieno converting to cap a convincing title defense for KCB.

Nakuru finish third

 Nakuru claimed third place with a 24-16 result over University of Nairobi Mean Machine.

Nelson Oyoo put the Kenya Cup champions ahead with a quick-fire try, Allan Odiyo adding the extras to see Nakuru go 7-0 up after a minute of play.

Deficit

Kevin Njugi soon cut the deficit with a penalty that brought the scores to 7-3 before Martin Owillah’s unconverted try put Nakuru 12-3 up. Njugi added two penalties to bring Machine to within three points of their opponents but further tries from Joseph Wachiuri and Charles Odhiambo complimented by Odiyo’s conversion saw Nakuru take a healthy 24-9 lead into the break.

The second half was a close affair, Machine looking to stay in the game, scoring a try through Elphas Manya who pounced on an intercept, combining with Friday Alube before scoring under the posts, Njugi converting to bring the match to 24-16 as Nakuru held out for the result.

Blak Blad edge USIU-A

Kenyatta University Blak Blad retained the Floodlit Championship varsity title with a 20-16 win over a battling United States International University -Africa [USIU-A] side.

It was Blak Blad who went ahead through Reuben Mubegi’s try, Felix Juma converting for a 7-0 lead. Rocky Aguko soon landed an unconverted try as they led 12-0 but Alfred Odawa scored a penalty for USIU-A to bring the scores to 12-3 at the break.

Extend lead

Another Odawa penalty after the break saw USIU-A claw back to 12-6 but Aguko landed his brace, extending the lead to 17-6 before Moses Seroney landed twice for USIU-A, the match finely poised at 17-16. Mobegi would land a late penalty to give Blak Blad the result and a successful title defense.

Laiser Hill dethrone Ofafa Jericho as school champions

Laiser Hill Academy capped an impressive 2014 season, adding the Impala Floodlit Schools title to the their Prescott Cup triumph, posting a 30-10 win over outgoing champions Ofafa Jericho.

Laiser Hill went 3-0 up through John Oliale’s penalty, extending this lead through unconverted tries from Steve Anthony and Keith Hagono as they took a 13-0 lead into the breather.

A fight

Edward Oloo extended their lead after the break, his unconverted try seeing them go 18-0 up but Ofafa Jericho were not going down without a fight.

They scored two unconverted tries through Patrick Mutuku and Chris Omondi to make for tense moments with the scores at 18-10 but Laiser weathered the storm, Joel Inzuga landing two tries with Mark Onsando converting one for the result, Laiser Hill’s maiden Floodlit title, a win that they dedicated to their former forwards coach Anthony Ochino who passed away in March this year.

2014 Impala Floodlit Championship awards:

 Schools Final:

Laiser Hill Academy 30-10 Ofafa Jericho Secondary School

 

Individual Awards:

Top try scorer: Chris Omondi – (Ofafa Jericho) 4 tries

Top points scorer: Patrick Mutuku – (Ofafa Jericho) 36 points

MVP: Joel Inzuga – (Laiser Hill)

University Final:

Kenyatta University Blak Blad 20-16 United States International University-Africa [USIU-A]

 

Individual Awards

Top try scorer: Patet Newton – (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – JKUAT) 4 tries

Top points scorer: Patet Newton – (JKUAT) 20 points

MVP: Kelvin Kamarango Kimutai – (USIU-A)

Clubs:

Final

KCB 30-3 Harlequins

 

Third place play-off

Nakuru 24-16 University of Nairobi Mean Machine

 

Individual Awards

Top try scorer: Peter Karia – (KCB) 4 tries

Top points scorer: Essau Otieno – (KCB) 21 points

Most promising player: Peter Karia – (KCB)

MVP: Allan Omuka – (KCB)

– Reported by KRU