Blak Blad upset Mwamba, book a date with KCB

By francis marangu
May 07, 2017
  • Blak Blad will meet KCB in the quarter finals of the Enterprise Cup.(Photo by Shuttrespeed)

  • Kenya Harlequins Geoffrey Okoth(with the ball)in action against Nakuru RFC.Quins beat Nakuru 28-20.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad set up a tough Enterprise Cup quarterfinal match against defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank RFC after a 17-12 upset of favorites Mwamba RFC on Saturday.

The teams played on a soggy pitch following heavy downpour but that did not stop the students from registering the win.

They excited home fans with good breaks that kept Mwamba defense on alert all through. Blak Blad set up most of their attacks from the set-pieces where they weighed well to Mwamba’s strength.

In the first minute, Levy Amunga missed a penalty kick that could have given the students an early lead.

However, they had the lead six minutes later after Wesley Kidinga touched down. They had won a scrummage inside the 22 region.

In the 10th minute, scrumhalf George Mutuku missed a straightforward penalty kick in front of the goal lines as Mwamba continued the chase for their first points. Winger Brian Kadenge added the second try in the 20th minute.

He received the ball from Mark Ongayo and survived a late tackle for 10-0. Blak Blad had successfully initiated a break on the right wing.

Amunga then missed a penalty attempt but Blak Blad maintained the momentum to lead at halftime.

Poor ball handling  

Mwamba was the biggest culprit of poor ball handling which cost them key possession on attack.

In the second half, Blak Blad’s defense had to stand tall amid pressure from Mwamba on every attacking opportunity.

A minute after the breather, Kevins Sure touched down for Mwamba and Mutuku converted for 10-7.

But, Mutuku was shown a yellow card in the 50th minute and the numerical disadvantage did more damage for Mwamba.

Blak Blad hit them at the hour mark. Kadenge completed his brace of tries at the right corner after they won possession from a set-piece situation. Amunga converted as the students went 17-7.

Substitute Edwin Machanje came on to score for Mwamba an unconverted try. Mwamba won a scrum in the 22 and Machanje went over for the try.

In other matches, Nondescripts RUFC beat Mean Machine 19-5 and will play Kabras Sugar in the quarterfinals. Kenya Harlequin FC won 28-20 over Nakuru RFC to set up a “Ngong Road derby” with Impala RFC next weekend. Homeboyz beat Western Bulls 32-20 for a date with Strathmore University.

Results: Quins 28 Nakuru 20, Blak Blad 17 Mwamba 12, Nondies 19 Mean Machine 5, Western Bulls 20 Homeboyz 32.