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It’s Kabras Sugar v KCB in Kenya Cup finals again

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | August 29th 2021
Darwin mukidza of KCB RFC lines the ball for conversion against Menengai Oilers RFC during their Kenya Cup Semifinal fixture at the KCB Sports club in Nairobi on August 28, 2021. KCB RFC won 35-17. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Kabras Sugar thrashed Strathmore Leos 39-19 yesterday in a match played at the Nandi Bears Club to sail through to the Kenya Cup finals.

At the same time, Kenya Sevens star Jacob Ojee scored a hat-trick as defending champions KCB edged out Menengai Oilers 35-17 at KCB Sports Club to set up a KCB versus Kabras final match for the fourth season running.

In Nandi, Derrick Ashiundu scored a hat-trick to inspire the sugar men past the Nairobi-based students who were eyeing to repeat their 2013 heroics when they edged out Mwamba in the semis to reach the finals.

Kabras were quick off the blocks with South African Ntabeni Dukisa crossing over for the opener which he converted for a 7-0 lead.

The hosts doubled their lead when Fijian Jone Kubu set up Ashiundu for his first try of the match which Dukisa converted for a 14-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Moments later, Ashiundu bagged his brace to extend the sugar millers lead to 21-0 after Dukisa’s third consecutive successful conversion.

Strathmore Leos hit back with a seven pointer to trail 21-7 but it was Kabras who went to the break a much happier side after Fijian Timoci Senaite stretched the hosts lead to 28-7.

In the final half, Ashiundu returned to hunt Leos again after touching down for his third try of the day for a 33-7 lead.

The students once again hit back with two tries to reduce the millers lead to 33-19 before Kenya Cup top points scorer Dukisa added two more penalties for a 39-19 win for Kabras Sugar.

In Nairobi, Ojee put the defending champions KCB ahead in the fifth minute to lead 7-0 after Darwin Mukidza's conversion before immediate former Shujaa captain Andrew Amonde fed Ojee who bagged his early brace for a 14-0 lead with Mukidza adding the twos.

In the second half, Mukidza added a three-pointer before Oilers scored with a converted try for a 17-7 score line.

Moments later, Ojee completed his hat-trick to extend the bankers lead to 22-7 with the conversion straying wide.

A series of penalties shared by both sides moved the scores to 25-10.

Off the bench, Michael Wanjala killed the game with the banker’s last try of the match to seal a comfortable 35-17 win with Oilers scoring a late consolation try deep into stoppage time.

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