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MMUST edge Homeboyz to maintain perfect Kenya Cup start

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | December 4th 2021

MMUST in action against Nondies in a Kenya Cup match played in Kakamega. [Washington Onyango, Standard]

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) RFC registered the second consecutive win in Kenya Cup after beating Homeboyz 22-17 at MMUST Grounds in Kakamega on Saturday.

The students were riding high on their season opener comeback win over Nondies last weekend and did not disappoint again against heavyweights Homeboyz which assistant coach John Asila lauded.

Speaking to the Standard Sports after the match, Asila said it is just the beginning of a successful year for the Kakamega-based university team.

“This is MMUST. Many people have been writing us off because of our inexperience but guess what; we are here to compete with the best.”

“We played very well against a very experienced side and am glad the belief among our players is growing game by game. Despite all the challenges, and considering a majority of the players are still students, it is amazing how we are growing and congratulations to all the players,” said Asila.

MMUST opened the scoring immediately after the kick-off whistle when Nelson Makokha dashed over the whitewash to take a 5-0 lead after Nobert Lumbwani missed the extras.

Homeboyz responded immediately through Brian Ratila who dashed past MMUST defence to score at the corner flag for a 5-5 score.

The students would then retake the lead at the half-hour mark when Lumbwani converted a penalty to take the scores to 8-5.

Jadah Abdon ensured MMUST took a 10 point gap lead into the break after scoring off a scrum which saw Homeboyz trail 15-5 at the break.

In the second half, Felix Wamocho scored his first try of the season and MMUST’s third to take the scores to 22-5

Joseph Amalemba and Dan Kagwa scored two late tries for the visitors but it would count to nothing as MMUST held on to win 22-17.

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