Owuor slots a winner for Strathmore

By francis marangu
Feb 17, 2016
  • Cyprian Kuto could have scored the winner for Strathmore but was fouled resulting into the winning penalty by Humphrey Owuor.

Flyhalf Humphrey Owuor was the hero for Strathmore University after converting an 80th minute winning penalty in their 11-10 midweek win over Homeboyz RFC at their Madaraka ground.

With a bonus point, Homeboyz moves to the third spot in the Kenya Cup table. They have 42 points and dislodged KCB who have 41. Strathmore climbs to fifth with 38 points, one above Mwamba RFC.

The match was as close as it was entertaining. One minute before the penalty, winger Cyprian Kuto could have scored the winning try but was tackled late after making a break on the left wing.

Head coach Mitch Ocholla was satisfied with the win. “We are happy with this win. Homeboyz is a team we respect because they are currently on top form and a win today would have taken them to the top of the table.”

The win comes days after Saturday's 8-33 loss to Kenya Harlequin FC. “The boys picked up well after that loss and the win brightens our season because these four points push us up the log. We have a tough match against Western Bulls this weekend but the focus is on making playoffs,” Ocholla added.

Dominant Strathmore

Strathmore was clearly the dominant side in both halves. For the opening twenty minutes, they repeatedly camped inside Homeboyz 22 and restricted play to their half. Both teams were competitive at the scrum and lineout but Strathmore had the edge in the end.

Eighthman Tony Owuor, center Alex Olaba and Humphrey Owuor were outstanding for Strathmore who took the lead in the 22nd minute from a penalty by Owuor. Ten minutes later, Felix Ojow touched down for Homeboyz from a maul for 5-3 lead.

Elphas Etemesi was then sent to the sin bin and Strathmore made good use of the numbers. Immediately, captain Eric Kioko grounded the ball from the scrum as they led 8-5 at halftime.

When play resumed, Homeboyz took the lead at 10-8 in the 53rd minute. They mauled from a lineout inside Strathmore’s 22 and Emmanuel Mavala touched down.

For about 20 minutes, Homeboyz frustrated Strathmore with resolute defending but luck was not on their side after conceding the late penalty.

Strathmore have two days to rest before they welcome Western Bulls while Homeboyz play away to Mwamba RFC on Saturday.