KCB roar back, Kabras edge Impala in Kenya Cup


Nick Ongeri (with ball) of KCB RFC is tackled by Blak Blad RFC players during ...
Nick Ongeri (with ball) of KCB RFC is tackled by Blak Blad RFC players during their Kenya Cup match at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi on February 04, 2017. KCB RFC won 47-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

KCB roared back to second on the Kenya Cup standings with a stunning 29-26 comeback win over Kenya Harlequins at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.

The Quins had taken a commanding 15-26 in mid second half before a late implosion saw KCB overhaul the deficit and surge ahead as they bounced back to winning ways.

In another titanic battle at the Kakamega Showground, Uganda sevens and 15s star Philip Wokorach shone as champions Kabras Sugar won edged out Resolution Impala Saracens 29-26.

The Ugandan star scored a second half penalty to thwart Impala’s unrelenting fight as the visitors registered four tries and three conversions against the titleholder’s four touch downs, three conversions and Wokorach’s decisive late penalty.

At the RFUEA, flanker Felix Oyoo gave KCB the early lead with an unconverted try before David Muhanji struck back to level the tie.

Having missed an earlier conversion, Darwin Mukidza restored KCB’s lead with a successful penalty before try-scoring blitz for the Quins saw them add 14 points through Wilson Kopondo’s and Paul Kioko’s tries both converted by full back Kevin Keegan.

KCB came fighting after the restart, registering 21 points across the Quins half.

Patrice Agunda would extend his side’s lead with his try converted by Keegan. A penalty to KCB at the opponent’s 5 meter line saw James Kilonzo run straight to score right next to the post with Mukidza sure with the  kick taking the score to 22-26 in favour of Quins.

In the dying minutes of the game, scrum half Michael Wanjala would spread the ball wide to find Felix Ojoo who got his brace as KCB were now leading 27-26.

Mukidza sure with the conversion extended the lead to 29-26 at full time.

-Report by Robi Chacha.

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