Kabras qualify for third straight Kenya Cup final

By francis marangu
Apr 08, 2017
  • Perminus Macharia offloads under pressure. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Disappointed Homeboyz players after losing their semi-final match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Center referee Godfrey Karuga calls the shots in the tie between Homeboyz and Kabras. (Photo by Shutterspeed).

On a rainy Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya Commercial Bank and Kabras Sugar mastered the wet conditions to book a place in the Kenya Cup final slated for April 22 at the RFUEA ground.

It will be a repeat of the 2015 final that KCB won while Kabras will be playing in their third straight final.

Kabras needed a magical touch from substitute center Johnstone Mung’ao in sudden death to beat Homeboyz RFC 22-17 at Jamhuri Showground. The sugar millers trailed 10-17 at halftime.

An early penalty by Kevin Masai gave Homeboyz a 3-0 lead before Max Adaka touched down for Kabras.

The deejays went 10-5 up after Leonard Mugaisi scored and Masai converted before converting a third try for the halftime score.

Kabras tied scores in the second half with a converted try and Mung’ao won the match in added time.

In Ruaraka, KCB beat Kenya Harlequin FC 19-12 with only one try scored.

Kicking game

Both teams played a kicking game to gain territorial advantage after breaking up opposition’s defensive line proved hard.

KCB dominated the lineouts and had Darwin Mukidza put them ahead with a penalty in the third minute.

In the 15th minute, Wilson K’Opondo was sent to the sin bin for a high on Ian Indimuli and the bankers made maximum use of the numbers.

From the penalty, Mukidza kicked for territory and KCB earned a scrum. They drove hard from the scrummage with Moses Amusala touching down and Mukidza converted for 10-0.

David Ambunya and Mukidza then traded penalties as KCB led 13-3 at halftime. Ambunya kicked over the second penalty three minutes after resumption.

KCB then went on to posses the ball and exert pressure on the Quins’ backline with three successive but unsuccessful lineouts inside the 22.

From that, James Kang’ethe was shown a yellow card for repeated infringement. Ambunya then made it a one-point game after kicking two penalties as KCB led 13-12.

Quins started piling pressure and had a good chance following a deep kick by Isaac Adimo that was knocked on by a KCB player on the deep end.

Successive penalties

They won a scrum in the 22 but could not turn it into points. Their chase was hugely dented when Mukidza kicked two successive penalties to put KCB seven points clear.

Quins had to score a converted try to get back into the game. They showed that intention by forcing an infringement and winning another scrum in the 22 with a minute to play.

However, a knock on from the delivery by replacement scrumhalf Lyle Asiligwa all but assured KCB of the win.

The bankers will also play in the Eric Shirley Shield final after edging out Mwamba II 19-16.

They will meet reigning champions Impala II who beat Quins II 32-12. In the Championship, Kisii RFC completed a remarkable season after earning promotion to the Kenya Cup alongside Mombasa RFC.

Kisii beat USIU-A 6-3 while Mombasa won 11-10 against Catholic University. They will contest the final on May 22.