Rugby: KCB humble Kenya Harlequin as Homeboyz edge Mwamba

Mwamba RFC's Elvin Okoth (left) and Mohamed Omollo of Homeboyz during Kenya Cup 2022/23 game 1 at RFUEA grounds, Nairobi. Nov 26, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Former Kenya Cup champions KCB kicked off the 2022-2023 season with a statement 38-0 bonus point win over Kenya Harlequin at  KCB Sports Club in Nairobi.

Kenyan international Darwin Mukidza, Oscar Simiyu, Elphas Adunga, Jacob Ojee, Felix Ojow and Davis Chenge all scored as former champion KCB begun the season on the front foot.

Mukidza put the bankers ahead with a try after four minutes of play, Isaac Njoroge converting for a 7-0 lead before the bankers when 12-0 up through Felix Ojow’s unconverted try.

Quins would take the game to KCB but were guilty of indecision in the final third and eventually conceded a third try when Oscar Simiyu reacted quickest to a loose ball after an Ojow line break to score under the posts, Njoroge converting for a 19-0 score that KCB took to half time.

Elphas Adunga, having a blinder of a match all afternoon, went over the chalk after the restart to take KCB to 24-0 before further tries from Jacob Ojee, Davies peppered with conversions from Njoroge and Mukidza sealed the result.

At RFUEA Grounds, new Homeboyz coach Oscar Okaron began his reign positively after picking a narrow 19-13 win over Mwamba.

At the same time, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) were hammered 23-21 by Strathmore University as Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad hit Top Fry Nakuru 34-8.

Saturday’s Kenya Cup fixtures

Kabras Sugar 40-13 Catholic Monks

Menengai Oilers v Mean Machine

KCB 38-0 Kenya Harlequin

Strathmore Leos 23-21MMUST

Blak Blad 34-8 Nakuru

Mwamba 19-13 Homeboyz

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