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Hat-trick hero Injera inspires Black Shirts to resounding victory over Nondies

There were big wins for champions Nakuru, KCB, Mwamba and Kabras Sugar as the Kenya Cup continued with match Day Three action on Saturday


 WEEKEND RESULTS

KENYA CUP

Saturday, November 23:

Impala 33-22 Harlequins

Mwamba 43-13 Nondescripts

Nakuru 85-5 Mombasa

KCB 60-10 Kenyatta University Blak Blad

Homeboyz 25-17 Western Bulls

Kabras Sugar 41-0 Catholic University of East Africa [CUEA]

Friday, Nov 22:

Strathmore University 49-0 University of Nairobi Machine

CHAMPIONS Nakuru, KCB and Strathmore University on over the weekend, continuing with the early pace in the Kenya Cup rugby championship.

In the exciting Nationwide League, despite the usual hurdles that cause inevitable postponements and walkovers, some very close battles raged right across the country.

Stout

In the Rift region, rookies Kenya Ports Authority [KPA] of Eldoret had one of the stoutest efforts before falling to a converted try in their 0-7 loss to the more established University of Eldoret.

Ex-Kenya Cup side Kisumu who had steam-rolled past teams in the opening weekends found a road block in the shape of Sharks before winning by the odd penalty 3-0.

Huge

Kisii travelled to Mt Kenya University [Kakamega] and came off with hugely satisfactory 12-5 win while in Kitale, the home side triumphed 20-8 over visiting Moi University.

Other notable close games were: Kenya College of Accountancy [KCA] University 18-11 Comras [Community Rugby Association]; Nazarene University 19-15 Mt Kenya University [MKU] Nairobi and Technical University [TUK] 10-5 Masaku.

(Selected match reports…)

Mwamba 43-13 Nondescripts

KENYA Sevens international Collins Injera scored a hat-trick as on-form Mwamba dismantled Nondies 43-13 in a Kenya Cup clash at Impala Club on Saturday afternoon.

Injera, playing as flanker, opened the score after three minutes when he combined well with Hyke Otieno to land in the corner. Nondies answered with a try off some powerful forward play.

Territory

Edwin “Pablo” Machanje’s try restored ‘Kulabu’s’ lead and the Black Shirts went in to the break 12-5 leaders.

After the re-start, Nondies came back with intent pushing Mwamba back into their own territory and the pressure paid off. Brad Owako was penalised by referee Godwin Karuga for illegal play and Alex Mutune kicked for points to reduce the deficit to four points.

The White Shirts were not done yet as they mauled off a line-out at the corner to take a 12-13 lead. That was the end of their momentum.

Scrum half

Coach Johnnie Mbai for the Black Shirts made some changes pulling off a tiring Hyke Otieno for Lavin Asego and Douglas Ayela made way for Nick Ongeri as Frank “Knox” Akatu came in for Mike Shabadu. George Mutuku took over scrum-half duties from Victor Wayodi.

The changes had immediate impact as Injera replied almost immediately with a charge, catch and sprint into the box. Mutuku missed the conversion.

Intercepted

Impressive Kenya Sevens forward Dan Sikuta was next onto the score sheet as he raced through a static Nondies defence to stretch the scores to 22-13. Injera would later score his hat-trick after Asego intercepted a pass racing 60 metres down the middle before off-loading to him. Jeremy Chimwani added the extras.

‘Kulabu’ was not done yet as substitute Mark Okwaro received a weighted pass from Asego and launched a bullish run. He fended off a defender raced past two others before shrugging the last to score under the posts for the arguably try of the weekend in the entire competition.

Extras

With clock ticking, Mwamba was on fire. Ongeri was the next one to cross the white line as Shaban Ahmed added the extras for 43-13 final score.

Meanwhile, Marlon Ondiege inspired the Mwamba reserves to a 17-15 win over Nondies II in the Eric Shirley Shield League. Philip Ikambili, George Mbaye and Eliakim were the scorers.

At Nairobi Railway Club, there was yet another win for the Black Shirts who have a three-out-three result for the weekend when their third team, Mwamba III ran out 36-7 victory over visiting Machakos.

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Homeboyz 25-17 Western Bulls

Homeboyz returned to winning ways with a 25-17 result against Western Bulls at the Rugby Union of East Africa [RFUEA] Ground on Saturday.

Harun Lubisia put the ‘Deejays’ ahead with a penalty on three minutes but Emmanuel Owade soon cancelled that out, landing three minutes later with Brian Watson Bango converting for a 7-3 Bulls’ lead.

Deficit

Lubisia replied with another penalty four minutes later, cutting the deficit to 7-6 as the side from Kakamega dominated their hosts in the break down and contact areas.

Eliab Baraza would extend the lead, intercepting a loose Max Kang’eri pass, racing cleat to score under the posts, Bango converting for a 14-6 lead but Alvin Otieno’s try for Homeboyz cut the deficit to 14-11 at the break.

Contention

The ‘Deejays’ were a transformed side in the second half, Oscar Ayodi beating the gain line with Kelvin Masai, who had a torrid game at scrum-half, grounding the ball before being substituted for Michael Wanjala. Lubisia converted to put Homeboyz 18-14 up.

Solomon Obiero would score a penalty to keep the Bulls in contention but when man of the match Bush Mwale scored a converted try for Homeboyz, the match was over, the result ending Bulls unbeaten start to the season.

Impala 33-22 Harlequins

Impala Saracens came off top in the ‘Ngong Road Derby’, building on a 14-12 half time lead to beat hosts Harlequins 33-22 in a Kenya Cup match at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.

Impala started this match with a try right from kick-off, Hosea Ngesa grounding the ball with Sammy Oliech converting for a 7-0 lead.

Dominant

Quins would settle into the match, Dennis Muhanji attacking the space and playing in Paul Abuto who touched down on twelve minutes with Lyle Asiligwa converting to tie the score.

Quins would edge ahead, Patrice Agunda and Muhanji once again setting up Abuto who grounded to bring the score to 12-7 on twenty four minutes, capping a dominant spell for the hosts who had bossed possession and territory.

Tackle

Oliech, later voted man-of-the-match, would retrieve Kevin Keegan Onyango’s high ball, off-loading to Pius Shiundu who played in Anthony Nyandigisi. Nyandigisi would ride a tackle to score with Oliech converting for a 14-12 lead with nine minutes to play.

With half time virtually on the horizon, Asiligwa would miss a penalty in front of the posts as referee Bosco Muamba whistled for half time.

Sprinted

The second half started on a rather sedate note but Quins soon went ahead when Impala flanker Joel Omer spilled the ball, turning over possession.

Keegan Onyango would release William Mawira who sprinted clear to score at the corner, 17-14 five minutes into the second half.

Robert Odhiambo and Ian Minjire, on as second half substitutes, combined to hand Impala the lead. Odhiambo would go into contact, off-loading on the tackle to an on-rushing Minjire would grounded the ball with Oliech landing the conversion, Impala now 21-17 up on 50 minutes.

Defence

Shiundu would score Impala’s bonus point try on 62 minutes, Oliech converting for a 28-17 lead but Quins were still in it, chasing the game. They would enjoy a good spell of possession, gaining territory and drawing an infringement off Impala, electing to run the ball and scoring courtesy of Keegan Onyango who split the Impala defense open with a wicked step, scoring under the posts but inexplicably missing the conversion with the scores at 28-22 on 69 minutes.

Oliech would eventually land a try, missing the conversion as Impala ran out with the result.

Strathmore University 46-0 UoN Mean Machine

Strathmore University consolidated their lead atop the Kenya Cup standings with a 46-0 win over University of Nairobi Mean Machine in a Friday night floodlit match at the Impala Club.

Ted Dondi opened the scoring for Strathmore, touching down after six minutes for a 5-0 lead before Brian Nyikuli scored six minutes later, Kenny Andola converting for a 12-0 score.

Conversion

Nyikuli would score two more unconverted efforts with Michael Wanjala adding a third try as the Leos led 27-0 at the break.

Further tries from Ginton Adongo, Adrian Opondo and Sammy Motari complemented by two Motari conversions secured the result for Strathmore.

ERIC SHIRLEY SHIELD:

Strathmore Univ II 51-5 UoN Mean Machine II
Kabras Sugar II 27-7 CUEA II
Nakuru II 20-0 w/o Mombasa II

Quins II 10-47 Impala II
Homeboyz II 27-46 Western Bulls II
Mwamba II 17-15 Nondies II
KCB II 52-0 KU Blak Blad

NATIONWIDE LEAGUE:

Nairobi Region:
Mwamba III 36-7 Machakos
United States of America International University-Africa [USIU-A] 82-0 Portland Stormers
Nazarene University 19-15 Mt Kenya University [MKU], Nairobi
Brumbies 20-0 w/o Multimedia University
Impala III 64-0 Co-operative College
Technical University of Kenya [TUK] 10-5 Masaku
Daystar University 20-0 w/o Kenya Methodist University [KEMU], Nairobi
Kenya College of Accountancy [KCA] University 18-11 Community Rugby Association [Comras]

Western Region:
Mbale 20-0 w/o Sangalo Institute
Kisumu 3-0 Sharks
Kakamega 0-0 (postponed) Webuye
Bungoma 0-0 (pp) Homa Bay
Masinde Muliro University 0-0 (pp) Maseno University
Shieywe 20-0 w/o Siaya
Mt Kenya University [MKU], Kakamega 5-12 Kisii

Rift Valley Region:

Kenya Ports Authority [KPA] Eldoret 0-7 University of Eldoret [UoE]
Eldoret 20-0 w/o Kapsabet
Kitale 20-8 Moi University
Nakuru III 20-0 w/0 Kabarak University
Egerton University 70-0 Naivasha
Kericho 20-0 Rift Valley Institute of Technology [RVIST]

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Coast Region:
Spartans 19-43 Pwani University
Technical University of Mombasa [TUM] 20-0 w/o Coast Raiders
South Coast Pirates 20-0 w/o Taita Taveta
Malindi 20-0 w/o Shepherds


Central Region:
Thika 129-5 Makueni
Kenya Methodist University [KEMU] 19-5 Kiambu

Laikipia Jackals 20-0 w/o Karatina

Dedan Kimathi University 0-0 (pp) Chuka University
Embu 0-0 (pp) Jomo Kenyatta University of Arts and Technology [JKUAT]

– Additional reporting by KRU