Menengai Oilers good run against Kenya Harlequin in Kenya Cup continued as they picked a win in match played at RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.
This sees Oilers join Kabras RFC and KCB Rugby on the list of sides that have picked maximum points this season in their openers.
Quins had struggled in this fixture, winning only one of their previous five meetings. The score was 25-15 at the RFUEA Grounds. Paul Murunga charges were quick off the blocks, hoping to replicate their achievement, and drilled in a penalty that put them up 3-0.
Kenyan International John Okoth, making his first start of the season, cut through the defense to score the Oilers’ opening try. On his maiden start this season, Geoffrey Ominde converted for a 7-5 advantage for the Oilers.
The Oilers took a nine-point advantage when Hillary Malweyi scored the second try. Despite Okoth’s dismissal for a yellow card, Quins were unable to trim the scoreline until halftime.
The Oilers extended the lead with a seven-pointer for 19-3 lead after the break. Steve Arunga’s bonus-point try gave the Oilers a 24-3 advantage.
Lucky Ishimwe pulled back for Quins as the scoreline shifted to 24-10. Oilers held on to pick another win.
Kenya Harlequin squad for Oilers date:
1. ELISHA KORONYA 2. BRIAN WARABA (VC) 3. MESHACK TUNNECH 4. MICHAEL ONSANDO (C) 5. HILLARY BARAZA 6 SHELDON KAHI 7. CHALTON MOKUA 8. MARK OMODING 9. LUCKY DEWALD 10. CORNELIUS MOKORO 11. CHARLES KINYANJUI 12. DENNIS MASENGO 13. KELLY AKENGO 14. JOSHUA OKELLO 15. ARNOLD ONZERE
16. WILHITE MUSUSI 17. MELVIN THAIRU 18. BRITON MWALAWA 19. LABAN KIPSANG 20. LEONARD FOGANG 21. NICK NDEGWA 22. BRIAN RATILA. 23. BRIAN ONYEGO.
Oilers Team News: 1. Edward Mwaura 2. Hillary Malweyi 3. Desterious Ifedha 4. Ibrahim Ayoo 5. Clinton Odhiambo 6. Nickson ochieng 7. Brian Ndirangu 8. Chrispine Shitundo – C 9. Sam Onsomu 10. Geoffrey Ominde 11. Beldad Ogeta 12. John Okoth 13. Steve Arunga 14. Timothy Omela 15. Davis Nyaundi
Replacements: 16. Coleman were 17. Francis Atiti 18. Vincent Mwikali 19. Wallace Onyango 20. Samuel Were 21. Kevin Mburu 22. Austin Sikutwa 23. Tony Oketch