Six converted tries in the first half and six more in the second half saw KCB rugby whip Mwamba Rugby Club 80-10 in an early kick off match at Madaraka Grounds to maintain the top spot this season.
The bankers have now won six consecutive matches this season and have 30 points out of the possible 55 as the Kenya Cup season reaches halfway. Felix Ojow had a hattrick in this match while three players had a brace in their biggest win of the season.
In the early stages of the game, players playing in the back row scored the opening points. Felix Ojow scored the first try for KCB, which was converted by Darwin Mukidza. Mwamba also scored their first try through Eliakim Kichoi, and the conversion was successful, resulting in a tied score of 7-7.
Mike Kimwele, a winger for KCB, scored the team’s second try, restoring their seven-point lead. Mukidza converted the try, increasing the lead to 14-7.
KCB scored another seven-pointer, bringing them closer to earning their sixth bonus-point of the season as the scoreline changed to 21-7 in their favor.
Fullback, Mukidza scored the bonus point try for KCB, securing their position at the top of the standings for another week. He also converted his own try, bringing the score to 28-7.
Kimwele scored his second try before Steve Wamai added the Bankers’ sixth try. With Mukidza’s perfect conversion rate, the score at halftime was 42-7 in favor of KCB.
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In the second half, KCB continued to be clinical with Bob Muhati, who had recently returned after playing for Kenya 7s, scoring the team’s seventh try, however, it was not converted. Martin Owilla landed the eight try which was converted for a 54-7 lead .
Wamai landed his second try of the day pushing the scores to 61 after a success conversion. Mwamba got a chance to add points at the other end with a penalty that saw them reach double figures.
KCB’s 1oth try came from Ojow who joined Wamai and Kimwele on the list of players with a brace in this match. Johnstone Olindi converted for a 68-10 lead.
Muhati also joined the list of players with two tries as he crossed over for the 11th try that made it 75-10. Ojow completed his hattrick scoring the 12th try that ensured a 80-10 win.
Mwamba Rugby squad
15.Brian Kivasia, 14. Joel Inzuga, 13. Michael Agevi, 12. Felix Chacha, 11. Chrispin Omondi, 10. Lucas Oppal, 9. Charles Chege ( Co-Captain), 1. Paul Opiyo, 2. Brian Kahura, 3. Kevin Juma, 4. Ian Wamalwa, 5. Chris Asira (Co Captain), 6. Eliakim Kichoi, 7. Mike Okello, 8. Gideon Mbithi
REPLACEMENTS 16. Salaton Muturi, 17. Samuel Mulili, 18. Alfred Yuko, 19. Collins Odhiambo, 20. Ambrose Mbare, 21. Martin Oyugi, 22. Michael Ochieng, 23. Apollo Owino
1. Oscar Simiyu 2. Wilfred Waswa 3. Curtis Lilako 4. Elvis Olukusi 5. Martin Owilla 6. Steve Wamai 7. Felix Ojoo 8.Peter Waitere 9. Samuel Asati 10. Shaban Ahmed 11. Jacob Ojee 12. Esau Otieno 13.Bob Muhati 14. Michael Kimwele 15. Darwin Mukidza
Replacements :16. James Ochieng 17. Patrick Ouko 18. Nelson Nyandat 19.Brian Munyali 20. Davis Chenge21. Brian Wahinya 22.Johnstone Olindi 23. Isaac Njoroge 24,Geoffrey Okwach