Mwamba move up to fifth on Kenya Cup table

By francis marangu
Feb 14, 2016
  • Mwamba moved to the fifth spot after their win against Blak Blad. There were no changes at the top of the league table. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Mwamba RFC climbed to fifth on the Kenya Cup log with 37 points after a 35-3 win over Kenyatta University side Blak Blad at Nairobi Railway Club.

It was not one of the easy wins for Kulabu as Blak Blad played out a tough defense that denied them easy penetration. They thwarted many scoring opportunities for Mwamba who were attacking with gusto as Dan Sikuta and Edwin Machanje made good breaks and carries.

The students timed their tackles well with Mwamba remaining dominant in set pieces and breakdowns. Flyhalf Shaban Ahmed was a key player for Mwamba with his kicking that won territory, scored the bonus point try and his boot contributed 10 points to the win.

Head coach John Mbai said they were on course to attain their season targets but cautioned they must remain focused in the remaining matches. “We have very tough matches ahead starting next weekend against Homeboyz. For now, we need to maintain pressure on top teams through winning,” he said.

“The boys slowed down at some point but the most important thing in this match was the five points which we have.”

Flanker Dan Sikuta gave Mwamba the lead in the first minute. Blak Blad had a lineout inside their 22 and after winning possession, Denis Mutethia kicked the ball out to the advantage of Mwamba. They won the resulting lineout and mauled with Sikuta touching down for 5-0.

Mwamba then had to deal with indiscipline after conceding two successive penalties. In the fifth minute, fullback Levi Amunga kicked wide the first penalty but Ronnie Manyasi kicked over the second barely a minute later to narrow the gap for 5-3.

Powerful display by Mwamba

The powerful display by Mwamba at the lineout came to fruition after 15 minutes. They mauled inside Blak Blad’s 22 and Edwin Machanje picked up the ball to touch down. Ahmed converted for a 12-3 lead. Ahmed then kicked over two penalties in the 22nd and 30th minutes to stretch the lead to 18-3.

From the restart after the second penalty, winger Sam Mundia gathered the ball and weaved his way past Blak Blad players to the tryline for the third try. Mwamba led 23-3 at halftime.

They chased the bonus point in the second half despite a valiant resistance by Blak Blad. But, the students made limited visits to Mwamba’s 22 in this half.

Mwamba played the ball forward and managed to break the line in the 53rd minute when Ahmed broke through to touch down after evading three players. He converted taking scores to 30-3.

Substitute Joe Otieno made it 35-3 in the 70th minute after a philanthropic gesture from Anthony Karanja who had already crossed the line only to hand him the ball. With the loss, Blak Blad remained static at eleventh on the log with 19 points.

There was no change at the summit for the third week running after Impala RFC and Kenya Harlequin FC registred bonus point wins to remain joint top with 46 points. Impala beat Thika RFC 71-3 with Quins winning 33-8 over Strathmore University.

The students scored first through John Okwara before Quins replied with a try by David Ahawo for a 5-5 score. Humphrey Owuor then gave Strathmore a 8-5 lead with a penalty but Tony Mutai touched down and Lyle Asiligwa converted. Quins led 12-8 at halftime.

In the second half, Quins touched down through Frank Wanyama, William Mawira and Leroy Anyembe. Asiligwa converted twice and Brian Wandera once.

Bonus point wins

KCB and Homeboyz RFC also had bonus point wins to remain tied on 41 points. Homeboyz had one of the biggest league wins of 143-0 over Bungoma Sharks while KCB beat Nondescripts RUFC 38-3.

KCB led 7-0 at halftime with a converted try from Rocky Aguko. After resumption, Kenny Andola kicked a penalty for 10-0 and KCB scored four more tries through Elly Mukaidzi, John Ahenda, James Kilonzo and Griffin Musila with Darwin Mukidza converting thrice. Filden Sinei kicked over a penalty for Nondies who remain ninth on 24 points.

Nakuru RFC beat Mean Machine 54-3 to climb to sixth with 36 points. At seventh is Kabras Sugar with 34 points and are tied with Strathmore. Kabras beat Western Bulls 23-13.

Results

Western Bulls 13 Kabras Sugar 23, Nondescripts 3 KCB 36, Kenya Harlequin FC 33 Strathmore University 8, Homeboyz RFC 143 Bungoma Sharks 0, Nakuru RFC 54 Mean Machine 3, Impala RFC 71 Thika RFC 3, Mwamba RFC 35 Blak Blad 6.