Homeboyz hand Kabras first loss as Western Bulls shine

By Clement Wekulo and Ben Ahenda: Sunday, December 15th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Rugby
Kenya Cup: Homeboyz, under the tutelage of South African Hector Jason, are third with 33 points. [Kipsang Joseph/Standard]

Homeboyz ended Kabras Sugar’s unbeaten run in the Kenya Cup after beating the log leaders 20-17 in a round eight match at the Impala Club yesterday.

Despite the loss, Kabras, who picked one bonus point for not losing with more than seven points, remained on top of the 12-team standings with 35 points, one more than second placed KCB who beat Impala Saracens 15-5 at the KCB Sports Club.

Homeboyz, under the tutelage of South African Hector Jason, are third with 33 points.

In their win over the sugar millers, Homeboyz took a commanding 13-3 lead at half-time following two penalties and a converted try by Maxwell Kang’eri as they restricted the visitors to a solitary penalty by Fijian Jone Kubu.

The second half would see Kabras emerge strongly to preserve their unbeaten record as they scored their first try through Kenyan international George Nyambua before Homeboyz responded through Abel Matanda’s converted try.

Ntabeni Dukisa scored a late converted try for Kabras but Homeboyz held on for their first win over the Kakamega side since 2017.

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In Kakamega, league returnees Western Bulls scored three tries to stun Mwamba 15-5 and in the process enhanced their chances of remaining in the top flight.

Kenya Harlequin’s struggles persisted as they suffered their seventh loss of the campaign, going down to Nondescripts at the RFUEA ground.

Nakuru RFC and Menengai Oilers increased their chances of play-offs qualification after winning Kenya Cup matches at Nakuru Athletic Club yesterday.

Nakuru RFC beat Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad 36-18 as Oilers hammered Kisumu RFC 56-18 in an earlier match.

Two penalty tries, two tries, a penalty and two conversions was all Nakuru RFC needed to beat the students.

Emmanuel Mboya and Phillip Owuor touched down as Collins Onyango returned two conversions after Onyango converted a penalty that earned them two penalty tries.

Lionel Anjehiti scored two penalties for Arcadies Quega and Ian Obukwa to get two tries and a conversion for the Blak Blad side.

Oilers earned a point after landing nine tries and six conversions while Kisumu RFC replied with two tries by Steve Kaboga and two penalties by Collins Omondi.

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