Mwamba upset Nondies to shat­ter their un­beaten start to new sea­son

Home­boyz re­cover to edge Me­ne­nagi Oil­ers as champs KCB beat Quins

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORTS - BY AYUMBA AYODI

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Cham­pi­ons Kenya Com­mer­cial Bank (KCB) edged out Kenya Har­lequin 22-13 while Mwamba ended Non­de­scripts' un­beaten run, win­ning 13-12 on match day four of the Kenya Cup rugby league yes­ter­day.

Kabras Sugar and Im­pala Sara­cens are now the only teams yet to lose this sea­son af­ter claim­ing vi­tal wins to top the league.

Kabras glided to their fourth bonus point vic­tory, pum­melling Strath­more Leos 62-13 at Madaraka while scrum-half Sam­son On­somu's penalty at the death handed Im­pala a 22-19 win against bat­tling Mean Ma­chine from the Univer­sity of Nairobi at the RFUEA grounds.

Crush Blak Blad

Home­boyz re­cov­ered from two con­sec­u­tive de­feats to edge out Me­nen­gai Oil­ers 31-28 at Nakuru ASK show grounds as Nakuru also rose from a pre­vi­ous de­feat to crush vis­it­ing Blak Blad from Keny­atta Univer­sity 42-22 at Nakuru Ath­letic Club.

KCB scored three tries, two con­ver­sions and a penalty to ex­tend their un­beaten run against Quins for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son. Quins man­aged a con­verted try, a penalty and drop goal.

For­wards - skip­per Cur­tis Li­lako, Ja­cob Ojee and eighth-man Pe­ter Waitere landed a try each as full­back Dar­win Mukidza added the ex­tras for KCB'S third vic­tory this sea­son.

In­ter­na­tional fly-half Wil­liam Reeves con­verted flanker Pa­trice Agunda's try while Ugan­dan in­ter­na­tional Jasper Onen and Do­minic Osino scored a drop goal and penalty re­spec­tively but it was all in vain for Quins.

Quins coach Charles Car­dovil­lis took the blame for the de­feat say­ing he got a few com­bi­na­tions wrong. “It's our fourth game and I now know what to do to res­cue our for­tunes in the next matches,” ex­plained Car­dovil­lis. “We dom­i­nated es­pe­cially in the first half but failed in our ex­e­cu­tion in KCB'S 22m.”

KCB coach Cur­tis Olago said it was bound to be tough play­ing Quins but thanked his boys for the vi­tal win. “We had a sloppy first half and we should work on our mis­takes.”

Nondies, who had been re­duced to 14 men led 12-10 but Eu­gene Nzioka slot­ted over a penalty to hand Mwamba their first win of the sea­son.

Nondies had won their three open­ing matches; stun­ning Home­boyz 20-14 and KCB 27-22 be­fore rolling over Me­nen­gai Oil­ers 28- 8.

Im­pala Sara­cens head to Kakamega for a date with Kabras next week­end as Strath­more vis­its Blak Blad at Keny­atta Univer­sity. KCB host Home­boyz at Ruaraka while Quins will be away to Nondies.

KCB’S Ja­cob Ojee is tack­led by Hil­lary Baraza of Kenya Har­lequins and team­mate Tony Onyango dur­ing their Kenya Cup Rugby match at RFUEA grounds yes­ter­day. KCB won 22-13

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