KCB, Kabras off the mark as Kenya Cup returns


KCB, Kabras off the mark as Kenya Cup returns
KCB RFC players acknowledge their fans support during their Kenya Cup match against Blak Blad RFC at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi on February 04, 2017. KCB RFC won 47-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/sportpicha.

KCB RFC and Kabras Sugar RFC, winners of the last three Kenya Cup titles, showed why they are the teams to beat yet again this season as they got their campaigns off the mark on Saturday.

KCB launched their title defence bid with a convincing 27-0 triumph over Strathmore University as Kabras laboured to earn a 30-22 win over Mwamba RFC at the Kakamega Showgrounds.

It was a hard-fought victory for Kabras as the 2016 winners left it late thanks to a try by Kenya International Max Adaka who ran over a few Mwamba defenders before touching down under the goal posts in the dying minutes.

Mwamba despite assembling a star studded side of legendary Lavin Asego and Humphrey Khayange would fail to maintain a 15-5 lead only to be whipped 30-22.

Aluda Beda was the tormentor in chief for Kabras with his speed that the Mwamba defences failed to contain and were punished for laxity.

Kenya Simba Internationals Fabian Olando and Felix Ayange would score the other two tries for Kabras before Malik Habil added the extras for a comeback.

At the Ruaraka Grounds Ken Moseti and Elphas Otieno converted Collins Wanjala and Aurthur Owira tries to seal a comfortable win.

On other games of the day newly promoted Kisii Rfc were thrashed 45-15 by Top Fry Nakuru in a one sided game that was nicknamed “Baptism of fire”.

Nakuru would dominate the game with Philip Kwame, Talisman Geoffrey Ominde and youngster Ian Amara were the backbone of the Nakuru based team.

Mombasa RFC another newly promoted side faced the wrath of the Kenya Cup after Impala Saracens dismantled their rivals 48-0 in a game that the home side dominated.

The Sarries ran in eight tries and four tries as their opponents tried to settle in the game with no signs of attack to the opposite team.

Timothy Makia the Impala sensational would bag his brace on debut, George Okowa, Mark Kwemoi, Samuel Motari and Antony Nyandigisi would also bag each a try for Impala.

In the final game of the day that saw Blak Blad 8-0 over Nondiescripts who failed to utilize their chances.

Winger Archadeus Kwesa would score the solitary try for Blak Blad before Kenya Simba Fly half Levy Amunga convert the extras to seal a dull non-entertaining game.

Prior to the contest Nondies had invaded Blads yard and bought three of their key players but this would not deter the “Tank” Otieno coached side from winning their first game of the season.

The postponed game between Homeboyz and Kenya Harlequins will be played on the 28th of November; it had paved way for burial of former Homeboyz Captain Andrew Wekesa.

Collated Results:

Blak Blad 08—Nondies 0

KCB 27—Strathmore 0

Top Fry Nakuru 45—Kisii 15

Impala Saracens 48—Mombasa 0

Kabras Sugar 30—Mwamba 22

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