KENYA CUP

KCB Rugby blank Kenya Harlequin in Kenya Cup opener

KCB hoist Kabeberi 7s trophy. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-half
KCB hoist Kabeberi 7s trophy. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-half

KCB  Rugby picked a 38-0 win over Kenya Harlequin at KCB Sports Club as  the 2022 /2023 Kenya Cup season kicked off in various venues across the country on Saturday, 26th November, 2022.

The two sides clashed during the Impala Floodlit tournament early this month with the Bankers narrowly winning 14-10 in the quarterfinal. Quins headed to this match oozing with confidence after their last weekend’s 35-24 win over Kabras, while the Bankers were fresh from being crowned Impala Floodlights champions.

It was Darwin Mukidza who first registered his name on the score sheets from a patient phase play that saw KCB Rugby lead by five points. Isaac Njoroge added the extras.

David Ambunya would try to put his team ahead by an impressive run that saw the Quins gain the much needed ground. In addition, an infringement from the hosts would see them penalized, but Quins attempt to collect their first three points went wide.

Minutes into the first half, Elphas Adunga went wild, scoring the second try for the Bankers to confirm their 12-0 lead. The conversion was however wide.

From the breakdown, Oscar Simiyu went through the hosts’ defense to score his first try of the game. Njoroge added the extras to bring the scores to 19-0.

Efforts by KCB Rugby to score another try before the end of the first half bore no fruits as the referee blew the whistle, ending the first half at 19-0.

In the second half, Adunga scored his second try of the match, which also added up as the bonus point try for the Bankers. An attempt to convert by Isaac Njoroge hit the posts.

Former Kenya Sevens Captain Jacob Ojee stunned the visitors with a five-pointer that was converted by Isaac Njoroge.

In the final minutes of the final half, David Chenge scored another try, and the last one of the game. Mukidza converted to end the highly contested match at 31-0.

Curtis Olago’s charges will face Masinde Muliro University next weekend while Monks Quins take on Menengai Oilers in Nakuru.

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