Kabras sur­vive

Kenya Cup cham­pi­ons es­cape de­feat by a whisker to edge Mean Ma­chine

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - RAY­MOND OTIENO @Ray­mondRolex

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.

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