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‘Rainmakers’ Kabras finally tame KCB

KCB’s Oliver Mang’eni tries to get away from Kabras players during their Kenya Cup clash at the Ruaraka Grounds on November 30, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – They are nicknamed as ‘The Rainmakers’, but Kabras Sugar needed just that; rain, to get their maiden win over Kenya Cup defending champions KCB at their Ruaraka base on Saturday evening.

Both teams agreed to terminate the match in the second half due to the torrential rains that hit the capital in the evening with the Kabras side leading 19-6 with concerns over player safety.

This was the sugarmen’s first ever win over KCB since their promotion to the top tier in 2014 and sees them remain as the only unbeaten team after six rounds of play.

Ugandan Asman Mugerwa broke the deadlock before John Kubu converted as Kabras went 7-0 up. KCB responded with Levy Amunga bagging three points from a penalty, just after he had missed another one moments before.

But Kabras were relentless in their quest for a first ever victory over the bankers with Fijian Timosi Senaite extending the lead to 12-3 at the stroke of half time.

Kabras fly half Kubu flies away from chasing KCB players during their Kenya Cup clash at the Ruaraka Grounds on November 30, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

KCB responded after the break, Isaac Njoroge slicing the posts with another penalty, but Mugerwa was relentless chalking his second try of the day, again converted by Kubu before the match was halted.

Meanwhile, George Mutuku’s last gasp penalty spared Mwamba’s blushes and broke Kenya Harlequins hearts as Kulabu edged Quins 15-13 in a pulsating encounter at the RFUEA Ground.

It was Quins who went ahead in this fast paced match through Lyle Asiligwa’s penalty before Meshack Obota scored and converted his own try for a 7-3 Mwamba lead.

Herman Humwa barged over after a period of sustained pressured with Asiligwa converting for a 10-7 lead that they took into the interval.

With play resuming after the restart, former Kenya backrow Tony Owuor received the ball at pace, gathering 10 or so meters before setting up a plaftorm for Joel Inzuga to score down the right flank, Mwamba going 12-10 up.

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It remained a fair contest over the intervening period, both sides squandering trying scoring opportunities.

Quins went into the final minutes with their tails up, incessantly prodding Mwamba and got their just reward from Asiligwa’s drop goal for a brief 13-12 lead before former Kenya U20 international Mutuku stepped up to split the Quins posts with virtually the last kick of the match.

In Nakuru, the home side once again overcame a massive first half deficit, recovering from 3-20 down at the interval to beat visiting Impala Saracens 30-20.

Over in Kakamega, Western Bulls built on a 13-0 lead at the interval to defeat rivals Kisumu 23-5 at The Bull Ring as Homeboyz returned to winning ways with a 32-22 victory over Blak Blad at the Kenyatta University.

Menengai Oilers also ended a three match losing streak with a 27-3 victory over Nondescripts at the Nakuru Showground.

-Material Courtesy KRU

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