KCB win third leg of the women's league

By francis marangu
Mar 06, 2017

Kenya Commercial Bank RFC beat Homeboyz RFC twice as they won the third leg of the Kenya Rugby Union women’s league and their second title so far.

The bankers won opening leg hosted by Kenyatta University and Homeboyz won the second hosted by USIU-A.

They beat Homeboyz 15-0 in their group stages and won 19-0 in the final match played at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka on Sunday.

In the final, Kenyan international Janet Okello touched down in the first minute. KCB built up from the kickoff ball and Okello sprinted all the way from her half to touch down.

Philadelphia Olando made the conversion for 7-0. Olando then scored an individual try after kicking the ball from her half, chased, gathered and sprinted to touch down unchallenged for 12-0 at halftime.

Olando added her second try deep into the second half and converted to settle the score line. KCB beat Nakuru RFC 24-0 in the semifinals.

Jean Bisela opened scoring with a try after cutting through the right wing and surviving a hard tackle.

Olando made the conversion. Okello added the second try moments later, touching down at the right corner after a strong handoff on Grace Adhiambo who attempted a tackle.

The bankers led 12-0 at the breather. In the second half, Olando scored another wonderful try for KCB. A deep kick troubled Nakuru’s Loraine Akoth who chased in vain.

She opted to kick from the ground and that gained more territorial advantage for KCB. Bisela who was piling on pressure eventually had the ball but Akoth made a try-saving tackle.

Bisela then handed out an easy ball to Olando who scored and converted for 19-0. Okello scored the last try for the bankers.

Third win for the Bankers

KCB emerged top of Pool A with maximum three wins after beating Impala RFC 27-12 and Comras 72-0.

Homeboyz came second after beating Comras 53-0 and Impala 26-0. In the semifinals, Homeboyz won 24-0 against Mwamba RFC. Irene Otieno and Enid Ouma scored in the first half with a conversion by Janet Owino as Homeboyz led 12-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Sophie Ayiecha touched down a brace with Owino converting once. Mwamba finished third after beating Nakuru 7-5 in the playoff match.

Anjuine Apiyo had given Nakuru a 5-0 halftime lead with a try at the left corner. Nakuru had patiently worked out their play.

Prisca Nyerere scored for Mwamba in the second half after Doreen Remour made the break with a good run through the center line to the left wing.

She was tackled and Nyerere received the ball from the ruck and powered through to the try line amid big resistance from Nakuru’s backline. Remour kicked the conversion as Mwamba held on to win.

Mwamba top B

Mwamba finished top in Pool B after beating University Warriors 53-0, Shamas 27-0 and Nakuru 12-0. Nakuru came second with wins of 17-0 over Shamas and 12-0 over University Warriors. In the ranking finals, University Warriors savoured victory for the first time beating Comras 15-5.

Arsenath Oketch scored a brace for the varsity side with Faith Kivuti adding the third. Sandra Nafula pulled back a try for Comras in the first half. Impala beat Shamas 19-0 in the second ranking final.

They scored through Judy Achieng who raced all the way from a scrummage to score, Diana Awino who split the Shamas defense with a big break while Achieng completed her brace in the second half. Anne Njeri kicked over two conversions.

In the semifinals, Impala beat University Warriors 22-0 and Shamas won 15-5 over Comras.

Results: Pool A- KCB 27 Impala 12, Homeboyz 53 Comras 0, KCB 72 Comras 0, Homeboyz 26 Impala 0, Homeboyz 0 KCB 15, Impala 24 Comras 0; Pool B- Nakuru 17 Shamas 0, Mawamba 53 University Warriors 0, Nakuru 12 University Warriors 0, Mwamba 27 Shamas 0, Mwamba 12 Nakuru 0, Shamas 10 University Warriors 5; Semifinals: Ranking- Impala 22 University Warriors 0, Comras 5 Shamas 15; Main Cup- KCB 24 Nakuru 0, Homeboyz 24 Mwamba 0;

Finals: Ranking- University Warriors 15 Comras 5, Impala 19 Shamas 0 Third-place playoff- Mwamba 7 Nakuru 5 Main Cup- KCB 19 Homeboyz 0.