Kenya Cup review: Oilers fry KCB, Kabras edge spirited Black Blad as Homeboyz hand Mwamba walkover

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RUGBY Kenya Cup review: Oilers fry KCB, Kabras edge spirited Black Blad as Homeboyz hand Mwamba walkover

Mark Kinyanjui 23:59 - 02.03.2024

Mwamba were handed a walkover by Homeboyz, while KCB were handed their first defeat of the season by Menengai Oilers to headline matchday 10 of Kenya Cup action.

Matchday 10 of the 2023/2024 Kenya Cup season provided some surprises, which will leave plenty to anticipate when the last game of the regular season approaches.

KCB’s hopes of securing a top finish were blown by losing to Menengai Oilers, which means their last match against Kabras in Kakamega will leave people looking forward to it.

Mwamba were handed an automatic 24-0 win after Homeboyz forfeited their match, while Kabras had to sweat to get a win against Kenyatta’s Blackblac.

Here is a recap of Kenya Cup action from March 2, 2024.

Menengai Oilers 21:7 KCB

The Menengai Oilers halted KCB Rugby's impressive nine-match winning streak in the Kenya Cup, emerging victorious with a scoreline of 21-7 at Nakuru Ask Showground.

Despite KCB Rugby entering the game with a flawless record and having already secured a spot in the semi-finals, they were determined to avoid any setbacks, especially after failing to secure a bonus point in their previous Nakuru match.

Conversely, the Oilers, eager to claim the third spot, were looking to bounce back from a tough 47-3 defeat against Kabras in Kakamega.

The Oilers started the match on a strong note, with back-rower Jadah Abdon scoring a try under the posts, converted by Abutwalib Wesonga, giving them an early 7-0 lead.

Although Lionel Ajeliti's try and conversion leveled the score for KCB, that proved to be their only points of the match. Wesonga added a penalty, granting the Oilers a 10-7 lead at halftime. In the second half, Wesonga extended the lead to 13-7 with another penalty and secured a drop goal, pushing the lead to 16-7.

The Oilers sealed their victory with lock Clinton Odhiambo scoring their second and final try.

Blak Blad 17, Kabras Sugar Rugby Club 24

Kabras Sugar overcame a spirited Black Blad 24-17 at the Kenyatta University Grounds on Saturday to keep their status as the top ranked team in the competition.

Blackblad started very lively, scoring a well converted try and adding a penalty to put them 10 points up, But Brian Mutua landed a converted try to reduce the deficit.

Mutua landed his second try of the day, which was not converted, to put them 12-10 up at the break.

David Bunduki would make it a third try for Kabras after the break which was not converted, before Black Blad restored parity with a well converted try to put the tie level at 17-17.

Dan Angwech would make Kabras breath a heavy sigh of relief with the winning try, which was well converted by Dukisa, to give them a hard-fought victory in the end.

Kisumu RFC 10,Kenya Harlequins 31

Kenya Harlequin have officially finished fourth with a game to spare after beating Kisumu on their own home turf 31-10.

Nakuru RFC 10,Nondies 11

Nondies ended Nakuru RFC’s hopes of securing a playoff place with a narrow 11-10 win over their counterparts on Saturday.

Strathmore Leos 49,CUEA Monks 31

Strathmore Leos kept their playoff hopes alive with a 49-31 win over CUEA Monks at the Strathmore Grounds, which now means that they will have to beat Kisumu away from home and pray that Kenyatta will be frustrated by a hapless Homeboyz next week (assuming they do not hand a walkover) next weekend to stand a chance of securing a playoff place.

Mwamba Rugby Club 24,Homeboyz RFC 0(Walkover)

Mwamba were handed a walkover by Homeboyz RFC, who have been relegated to the Championship.