KCB crush Boyz

Im­pala out­run Leos, Quins blast Mwamba and Nakuru hit Blad

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports General -

BYWILLIAM NJUGUNA/ De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons KCB edged Home­boyz 28-19 to ad­vance to the Im­pala flood­lights semi­fi­nals on Satur­day evening.

In other re­sults hosts Im­pala blanked Strath­more Leos 34-15 as Quins edged Mwamba 15-5 with Nakuru thrash­ing Blak Blad 29-10 to book their spot in the semi­fi­nals.

The KCB- Home­boyz show­down was a re­peat of last year’s epic semi­fi­nal and it did not dis­ap­point .

The dee­jays took an early lead when Kelvin Ma­sai kicked over a penalty to give the Home­boyz a 3-0. KCB and Kenya full­back Dar­win Mukidza should have lev­elled mat­ters but missed a straight for­ward penalty min­utes later.

KCB ex­erted pres­sure on the Home­boyz and their ef­forts bore fruit when hooker Peter Kaaria scored from a well ex­e­cuted maul with Mukidza adding the con­ver­sion for a 7-3 lead.

Home­boyz re­duced the deficit to a point when the KCB for­wards were caught off­side with Ma­sai kick­ing over a penalty to re­duce the mar­gin to 7-6.

Home­boyz grew in con­fi­dence there­after and Max Kan­geri scored the try of the week­end pick­ing a pass from his own 22 and go­ing on a solo sprint bump­ing off KCB winger Ja­cob Ojee to touch down with Ma­sai kick­ing over the con­ver­sion for a 13-7 lead mid­way trough the first half. Things went from bad to worse for the bankers. Scrumhalf Felix Wan­jala was sent to the sin bin. Ma­sai added a penalty to ex­tend the lead to 16-7.

Kaaria then scored his sec­ond in sim­i­lar fash­ion, break­ing Home­boyz re­sis­tance with Mukidza adding the con­ver­sion as they trailed 16-14 at the in­ter­val. On re­sump­tion The bankers played a ter­ri­to­rial game and domi- nated pos­ses­sion re­sult­ing in a Peter Kilonzo try, three penal­ties from Mukidza and Home­boyz scor­ing one penalty via Ma­sai.

KCB coach Cur­tis Olago said they tight­ened up on the ba­sics in the sec­ond half af­ter an er­ror strewn open­ing 40 min­utes.

“We were play­ing catch up in the first half but the boys played bet­ter in the sec­ond and got the ba­sics right,” Olago added.Home­boyz coach Si­mon Odongo rued the side’s in­dis­ci­pline in the sec­ond half.

“Our dis­ci­pline and com­po­sure let us down in the sec­ond half the yel­low cards took the toll on our play­ers but we live to fight an­other day and we will learn from the mis­takes,” added Odongo. KCB face Nakuru as Im­pala and Quins clash. Mwamba will meet Strath­more Leos as Blak Blad face Home­boyz in the plate cat­e­gory

‘WE WERE PLAY­ING CATCH-UP IN THE FIRST HALF’

PIC- CEN­TRE

Peter Waitere (R) of KCB tack­les Haroun Lu­bisia of Home­boyz in a Kenya Cup quar­ter fi­nal at the Jamhuri Park on April 23, 2016./

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