Nairobi, October 12-Mean Machine and Lunch Bar Quins set up a semi final date at the Airtel Impala Floodlit after emerging through their quarter final fixtures in contrasting fashion at the Impala Club.
Total Nondies 3 Mean Machine 11 (HT 3-3)
Kevin Njugi opened the scoring for Machine with a 5th minute penalty following a Nondies infringement. Nondies would draw level five minutes later from Brian Beckham’s goal attempt from a tight angle as the match remained a sedate affair.
Nondies would take the attacking initiative but were unable to translate this into points despite dominating possession and territory.
Njugi would spend the last ten minutes of the first half in the sin bin and Beckham’s goal attempt from the ensuing penalty bounced off the posts.
Machine would spurn a try scoring opportunity, a handling error right on the Nondies try line taking the sheen off a well worked build up. The teams would head into the breather all square, 3-3 the half time score.
Njugi would extend Machine’s lead with a penalty five minutes into the second half as they gained a stranglehold on the match. Kelvin Gacheru landed the game’s only try on 50 minutes as Machine held on for the full time result, setting up a semifinal date with Lunch Bar Quins.
Lunch Bar Quins 30 Mwamba 13 (HT 10-7)
This match started at a frenetic pace, big hits early on from both sides but it is Quins who settled quickest, asking questions of Mwamba, forcing the black shirt in a series of errors that resulted in an 8th minute penalty attempt that Quins fullback Kevin Keegan missed. Keegan would eventually open the scoring five minutes later, scoring off his second goal attempt.
William Mawira scored the game’s opening try, touching down eleven minute from half time with Keegan converting from a tight angle to make the scores 10-0.
Mwamba were not out of it, their pressure resulting in a Nick Ongeri try just before half. George Mutuku converted to narrow the margin to three points at the break.
Mutuku would then draw Mwamba level with a penalty six minutes into the second half before Keegan and Shaban Ahmed traded penalties to bring the scores to 13-13.
The Keegan inspired Quins would head into the game’s home stretch the hungrier side, Ernest Ngog scoring from a rolling maul with Keegan converting for a 20-13 lead. Mawira would land his brace, pouncing on a loose ball to score under the posts with Keegan converting and adding a penalty to secure the result.
Nakuru in defending champions KCB clash
Kenya Cup chmapions Top Fry Nakuru will meet defending champions KCB in the Floodies semi final after winning their respective quarter finals at the Impala Club on Saturday 11 October.
Top Fry Nakuru 30 Homeboyz 8 (HT 17-3)
Nakuru went ahead through Victor Shigholi’s 12th minute try, Allan Odiyo converting to see his side take a 7-0 lead.
Homeboyz would attempt to take the game to their opponents but were dominated in the forwards by a Nakuru side that soon regained possession and taking, eventually scoring a second try through David Kivuti, Odiyo adding the extras to bring the scores to 14-0.
They ease off the pace, their concentration and discipline dipping, conceding a penalty that Kelvin Masai duly dispatched between the sticks from 40 meters out for Homeboyz’ first points, the scores now 14-3.
Odiyo would respond in kind with a penalty on the stroke of halftime to give Nakuru a 17-3 lead at the break.
Mike Shioso scored Nakuru’s third try of the match to make it 22-3 before Max Kang’eri handed the deejays a lifeline, his try bring the scores to 22-8.
Nakuru would be reduced to 14 men after Coleman Were was red carded by Constant Cap but they still put points on the board, Odiyo slotting home a penalty before Nelson Oyoo raced clear to score his side’s fourth try and seal the result that set up a semi final date against champions KCB.
KCB 25 Resolution Impala Saracens 19 (HT 5 -11)
The last match on the opening day of the tournament provided entertainment value, keeping fans captivated for the entire 80 minutes that referee Raymond Oruo handled this encounter.
KCB were forced into a very early substitution, throwing on Peter Waitere for Philip Wamae who had to depart the field of play concussed after three minutes of play.
The opening twenty or so minutes were cagey, no side with the clear dominance.
KCB would attempt to go for goal following an Impala infringement but Marlin Mukolwe’s attempt sailed wide of the sticks.
They would fall behind two minutes later when fluid ball movement from Impala saw them gain good ground, eventually drawing a penalty off the bankers with Sammy Oliech slotting it home for a 3-0 lead.
Mukolwe would miss a second goal attempt for the bankers who were flailing early on as the hosts Impala grew in confidence. Impala would pressure KCB, doubling their lead courtesy of Oliech’s second penalty, the scores 6-0 after 32 minutes of play.
Oliech then would step past two KCB players, taking the gap and gaining ground before offloading to his support player Anthony Nyandigisi who grounded to give Impala an 11-0 lead.
KCB would make a second substitution just before half time, throwing on Felix Wanjala for Mukolwe at half back.
Impala would take the 11-0 lead into the breather.
KCB dominated the opening two minutes after the restart, drawing a penalty off Impala and electing to go for touch. They retained possession from the resultant line out, Peter Karia scoring off the maul to score his side’s first try, the scores now 11-5.
This drew a response out of Impala who scored through the evergreen Paul Oimbo to go 16-5 up.
The bankers were still in this encounter, Brian Omondi touching down to bring the scores to 16-10. They would grow in confidence, Wanjala pulling the strings, allowing his forwards to gain a foothold on the match.
Wanjala would eventually score with Essau Otieno converting to see the bankers go ahead for the first time in this match, the scores 17-16 in their favor.
Ken Moseti, on as a second half substitute, extended the bankers lead with a 66th minute drop goal to make it 20-16 but Impala stayed in pursuit of the match, Oliech stroking home his third penalty five minutes later to bring the hosts to within one point of the defending champions.
Impala would play the remaining six minutes with 14 men after skipper Duncan Ekasi was yellow carded and KCB seized the opportunity to score their third try off a rolling maul, 25-19 the score with three minutes to play.
Needing a converted try to win this, Impala would be let down by a handling error inches close to the KCB try line, losing possession and momentum as Oruo soon blew his whistle to signal full time.