Rugby: It's yet another routine win for Strathmore

By Washington Onyango: Monday, January 20th 2020 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Rugby
Strathmore Leos's Andrew Matoka in action during their KRU Championship match against MMUST RFC. [Washington Onyango,Standard]

For Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST RFC), winning matches has been their way of life this season.

At the weekend, they registered their 10th win of the campaign after a 25-8 victory over Catholic Monks in a KRU Championship match, in Kakamega.

Lameck Ambetsa landed the first try for the home side before Hamphrey Wafula reduced the hosts’ lead to 5-3 with a well-taken penalty after Tyson Juma failed to convert Ambesta’s try.

Former Kabras Sugar winger Claus Shirievo restored the hosts’ five-point advantage with Juma converting and later adding a penalty for a 15-3 halftime lead.

Ambetsa got his second of the day after the restart with Timothy Mmasi dotting the bonus point try to seal a comfortable 25-8 win after Maxwel Omondi slotted a last-minute try for the visitors.

The win saw MMUST retain their second-place spot, eight points behind leaders Strathmore Leos with 45 points.

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Speaking to Standard Sports, captain Samuel Mbeche lauded his teammates for maintaining the tempo despite Strathmore wheeling away.

“We needed this win to maintain the grip on leaders Leos and I am glad the team is playing well and responding to pressure positively,” he said.

In Eldoret, Strathmore Leos edged out Eldoret RFC 36-17 to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches in the championship, taking their tally for the season to 53 points.

Leos are now the only unbeaten team in top flight rugby this season alongside KCB II, who play in the Erick Shirley Shield.

Former Kenya Cup side Mean Machine also maintained their third place after narrowly edging out United States International University-Africa 16-15.

In Gusii, Kisii RFC returned to winning ways after defeating Mombasa 16-11, to bag their third win of the season.

Egerton Wasps occupy the last spot of the quarterfinal playoffs after defeating Northern Suburbs 15-13.

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