Kenya Cup champions escape defeat by a whisker to edge Mean Machine
Defending Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar survived Nairobi University’s Mean Machine scare to emerge 14-13 winners during their first Kenya Cup Conference “A” match at the Kakamega Showground.
For a second, the Sugarmen were trailing Mean Machine 7-10 as the team went into the breather. Treasure Odundo grabbed an early opener for the students before Rene Inyanga made the conversion to give Mean Machine a 7-0 lead. Kabras pulled back a converted try through Steve Ochieng with new signing Andrew Gathua grabbing the extras to put things even at 7-7. Inyanga grabbed three more points for the students to take the lead once again as the first half came to a close.
Inyanga opened the second half with another successful penalty to extend Mean Machine’s lead to 13-7 before Peter Nakarawa’s converted try by Gathua gave Kabras the narrow 14-13 win.
“The win was so narrow and I think it serves as a wake-up call for us to go back to the drawing board. We gave Mean Machine the confidence they needed by committing mistakes, which they (Machine) were quick to take advantage of,” said Kabras Sugar Assistant coach Anthony Ogot .
“We underrated them right from kick off basing on how we have played them before, and I think that was what dealt us a major blow. That match was the easiest in the Conference and the narrow win means that we will have to work harder come next match given that it will be another Western Derby,” he added.In the other matches, 2015 champions KCB thrashed Western Bulls 31-0 at the Bull Ring in Kakamega. The Bankers took control of the game leading 19-0 at first half. Tries by Darwin Mukidza, Nick Ongeri, Calvin Sule, Rocky Aguko and three conversions from Mukidza ensured that the bankers won the match comfortably.
At the RFUEA grounds Kenya Harlequin whipped Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad 47-8. Tries by Hosea Odhiambo, David Ahawo (two tries), Dennis Mugambi, Isaac Adimu, Dennis Muhanji, Pius Shiundu (two tries) and a penalty and two conversions by Shiundu put Quins ahead as Levy Amunga scored Blak Blad’s consolation try and penalty of the game.