Quins still on top

Eight time cham­pi­ons master the wet and slip­pery con­di­tions to snatch win

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | International - BY WIL­LIAM NJUGUNA @mbote­s­ports

Kenya Har­lequin stayed joint top of the Kenya Cup stand­ings with a 24-10 vic­tory over Nondies at the Jamhuri Park show­ground over the week­end.

The Ngong Road out­fit are level on 20 points with KCB and Im­pala af­ter se­cur­ing a 49-8 win over Mean Ma­chine and 42-39 vic­tory over Home­boyz re­spec­tively but have a su­pe­rior goal ag­gre­gate over their ri­vals.

The eight time cham­pi­ons mas­tered the wet and slip­pery con­di­tions to come way with the bonus point win over a lethar­gic Nondies out­fit .

Quins started strongly dic­tat­ing play and it came as no sur­prise when prop Dennis Mugambi barged over the line from a rolling maul to give his side a 5-0 lead.

The Quins for­wards led by skip­per Tony Mu­tai, Joseph Kangethe, David Ahawo were su­perb in the close quar­ter bat­tle in the open­ing half hour and car­ried the ball strongly. It came as no sur­prise when from an­other li­ne­out hooker Frank Khal­wale dived over to score an un­con­verted try to give his side a 10-0.lead

Quins scrumhalf God­frey “Jatelo” Okoth looked lively in open play and linked up well with his part­ner Isaac Adimo at fly­half along­side Pa­trice Agunda and Pius Shi­undu as they tor­mented Nondies in the first half.

Mugambi scored Quin’s third try with Shi­undu con­vert­ing to give his side a 17-0- lead.

Quins se­cured the bonus point try when Khal­wale scored his sec­ond try and Shi­undu con­verted to give his side a 24-0 lead at the in­ter­val.

Nondies came out fir­ing in the sec­ond half with sub­sti­tute Fielden Sinei and Ge­orge Odipo lead­ing the on­slaught with burly no 8 Si­mon Ngugi crash­ing over the line to re­duce the deficit to 24-5 Nondies camped in the Quins half for long spells and got their sec­ond try, courtesy of skip­per Cedric Odera. Nondies ral­lied for a third try but poor de­ci­sion mak­ing and han­dling errors saw them miss out on a los­ing bonus point

Quins coach Do­minique Habi­mana was sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of his side.

“We mas­tered the con­di­tions well and started strongly though we had lapses of con­cen­tra­tion in the sec­ond half,” added Habi­mana

Nondies coach Chris­tian Josiah lamented the side’s poor start which de­nied them a chance of vic­tory.

“We started slowly in the first half we did not have pos­ses­sion and missed tack­les,” added Josiah

Cham­pi­ons Kabras stayed in fourth po­si­tion with a hard fought 19-15 vic­tory over Nakuru at the lat­ter’s back­yard.

Kabras trailed 9-7 at the in­ter­val and fell fur­ther be­hind in the sec­ond half but two late tries saw them pick an un­likely win

Blak Blad stunned Strath­more 2722 to earn their first win of the sea­son sim­i­lar to Mwamba who beat Western Bulls 55-10 at the Rail­way club.

/ ENOS TECHE

Kenya Har­lequin’s Felix Ayange and Brian Wan­dera in ac­tion dur­ing the Kabeberi Sevens in Nairobi on Au­gust 14.

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