Kubu's flair downs KCB as Kabras ascend to top of Kenya Cup table

RUGBY Kubu's flair downs KCB as Kabras ascend to top of Kenya Cup table

Imran Otieno • 16:08 - 18.02.2023

The Fijian was in inspired form in the clash as he bagged 10 points.

Reigning Kenya Cup champions Kabras RFC showed their mettle courtesy of an imperious display from Fijian Jone Kubu to beat former champions KCB RFC 23-29 in an utterly thrilling clash staged the KCB Sports Club.

With just a point separating both sides at the summit of the log that saw KCB lead by 45 points as the top spot was up for grabs that would have the log leader host the all important semi and final in the Playoffs.

Kabras were quick off the blocks as they posted a feisty start to the game and needed only a minute to put points on board from a deliberate knock on from Andrew Amonde which the trusted boot of South African import Ntabeni Dukisa converted. 

Jone Kubu produced a moment of magic in the seventh minute as he channeled his inner Fijian naus, slaloming from the half way line and leaving KCB players for dead before getting to the end of his grabber kick to touch down with Dukisa adding the extras.

The torrid start from KCB showed no signs of abating as Oscar Simiyu was handed a sin bin for a high tackle on Daniel Sikuta, which Dukisa again split the sticks with his kick for a healthy 13-0 lead.

Dukisa was a constant threat with his dangerous kicks as again he slotted in a penalty that silenced the KCB faithful with their corner sounding like a graveyard.

KCB finally found their groove and slotted in a penalty in the 28th minute that he hoped would spark a comeback similar to one witnessed during the 2021 Kenya Cup final.

With the ascendancy, KCB wasted no time in landing their first try of the game courtesy of a quick tap from Samuel Asati in the five meter line as Mukidza converted the try to go into the half time break trailing 16-10.

KCB picked up from where they left from in the opening half as they took just three minutes to grab their second try of the game through their skipper Curtis Likalo who powered through the try line to touch down with Mukidza adding the extras to enable his side steal the lead for the first time in the game.

The see saw second half again saw changes in the scoreboard as Kabras regained their lead, though that man again Dukisa who collected three simple points from a penalty to lead the game 19-17.

KCB extended their lead courtesy of two penalty kicks from Mukidza as Kabras looked to crumble under the relentless pressure from the Bankers as they now lead 23-19.

Kubu again saved Kabras' blushes from a well worked scrum that ended in the Fijian selling a dummy to Asati and grab a try by strolling through the try box as Dukisa failed to convert the try for a 24-23 lead.

The momentum pendulum was in favor of Kabras as their sustained pressure in the five-meter line birthed a try courtesy of Emong, but Kubu failed to convert as Kabras now lead 29-23.

Kabras successfully held on to their lead to move to the summit of the log while KCB claimed a losing bonus point to keep their hopes of clinching top spot when they face Mean Machine in the final regular season game.