Rugby: Kabras Sugar edge Strathmore Leos to reach Kenya Cup finals

Jenson Misoga (with ball) of Kabras Sugar RFC tackled by Isaac Njoroge (L) and Alvine Otieno (R) of KCB RFC during their Kenya Cup match at KCB Grounds in Ruaraka Nairobi on February 26, 2022. KCB RFC won 28-20. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Kabras Sugar on Saturday defeated Strathmore Leos 29-9 at Kakamega Showground to qualify for the 2021-2022 Kenya Cup finals.

In the process, Kabras will face off against Menengai Oilers who knocked out defending champions KCB 24-17 in Nairobi.

Barry Robinson got off the hosts to a perfect start after crossing over in the opening five minutes to give Kabras a 7-0 lead after Ntabeni Dukis’s conversion.

Teddy Akala who finished as the sugar men’s try top scorer continued with his form after touching down for his sixth try of the season as Kabras extended their lead to 14-0 with Dukis adding the twos.

Strathmore would respond with Andrew Matoka converting two penalties to trail 14-6 at the break.

In the second half, substitute Jone Kubu introduced himself into the match with an unconverted try to take the scores to 19-6 before Brian Tanga sealed the win with a try that Kubu converted.

Kubu and Matokja would exchange penalties as Kabras won 29-9 and qualified for their seventh straight finals.

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