• Strathmore Stun KCB To Win Impala Floodlit

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Apr 17, 2011-

Strathmore University celebrated their third a anniversary of being admitted to the Kenya Cup league by beating Kenya Commercial Bank RFC for the first time on Saturday to win the annual Impala Floodlit tournament at Impala Club.

Team work, mental strength and resilience saw the students overcome KCB 28-12 to win their first Impala Floodlit title. The 80 minutes was worth Sh200,000, the prize money for the winners.


It was KCB who set the pace by leading 12-5 at half time. Strathmore dominated the early exchanges with their running game but KCB settled down and reverted to using their strength in the forwards. Ronnie Mwenesi and Dennis Mwanja were key players for KCB in the forwards.

Their pressure bore fruits with Anthony Ogot grounding the ball from a maul. Fabian Olando converted for a 7-0 lead. KCB continue piling pressure on Strathmore but met a solid defence from the Mitch Ocholla-coached side.  Mwanja, a former national seven-a-side vice captain scored the second try for KCB to lead 12-0. Just before the break, Felix Ayange opened the scoring for Strathmore.

The never looked back even though the second half was delayed for 15 minutes by a floodlight malfunction. When the anomaly was rectified, Strathmore University returned a rejuvenated side snuffing life out of the bankers. They kept KCB on the back foot, starving them of the ball and forcing them into errors. Their confidence grew by the minute. Mike Wanjala scored for the students to further narrow the gap 12-10 in KCB’s favor.

It was as though the bankers never returned from the half time break as Strathmore showed more intent and purpose in their play. Andola missed two easy penalty attempts but an Ayange drop goal, the first of the 2011 competition saw Strathmore lead 13-12 for the first time. It was a lead they did not surrender until the end.

Andola, one of the tournament’s top points scorer stroked over his first penalty to stretch the lead 16-12 lead. Ayange completed his brace and hattrick and Andola kicked over one conversion for a deserved 28-12 win. Mitch Ocholla was controlled in his side’s win, paying tribute to their team work and mental strength. Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee termed Strathmore’s win as a win for Kenyan rugby.

In the play off, Impala beat Mwamba 40-13. They led 21-13 at half time.  It was Mwamba who went ahead through Chris Asego’s fifth minute penalty before Joel Omer put the home side ahead with a try two minutes later. Vincent Mose converted for a 7-3 lead. Kelvin Omiyo stretched Impala’s lead three minutes later, touching down with Mose converting for a 14-3 lead. Steve Okeyo replied with a try for Mwamba with Asego converting for a 14-10 score line. Asego’s penalty brought the scores to 14-13 before Mose scored and converted his own try for a 21-13 half time lead.

Second half action saw Impala dominate with Mose adding two tries and a conversion, extending Impala’s lead to 33-13. Davis Makori added another try for Impala with Mose converting for a final 40-13 score.

Strathmore University beat Kenyatta University Blak Blad 19-5 to lift the Universities title. First half tries from Makie Shikuku and Victor Mutua and a Josiah Nyangaga conversion saw Strathmore lead 12-0 at the break.  A second Mutua try, converted by Jackson Kariuki saw Strathmore open up a 19-0 lead before Dan Maina scored a consolation try for Blak Blad.

United States International University - Africa finished third with a 25-15 wion over Multi Media University. They trailed 8-6 at half time. Bonab Were put Multi Media ahead with an early penalty before Edgar Samba leveled for USIU-A with a penalty minutes later. Were scored a try giving the Mbagathi side an 8-3 lead. Samba’s second penalty cut the deficit to 8-6 going into the interval.

Absalom Odhiambo landed the first of his two tries, giving USIU-A a 11-8 lead. Joel Omari scored and converted his own try, taking the score to 18-8 before Were landed for Multi Media, converted his own try bringing Multi Media to within three points of USIU-A at 18-15.  Odhiambo sealed the win for USIU-A with a late try, converted by Omari for a final 25-15 score line. Amos Agiro, USIU-A coach Amos Agiro praised his sides for their maturity in recovering from the 8-6 half time. He however felt his side was sloppy in the execution of their game plan.

KRU
Additional reporting By Eric Odanga   

 

 


TEAM P W D L BONUS PTS
Quins 14 13 1 0 11 65
KCB 14 10 1 3 12 54
Impala 14 10 0 4 9 49
Mwamba 14 8 0 6 6 38
Nakuru 14 3 2 9 7 23
Strathmore 14 4 0 10 6 22
Nondies 14 4 0 10 2 18
MeanMachine 14 1 2 11 3 11
TEAM P W D L BONUS PTS
Homeboyz 9 8 0 1 8 40
KCB II 9 8 0 1 4 36
Impala II 9 7 0 2 5 33
Quins II 8 5 0 3 4 24
Mombasa 8 3 0 5 4 16
Mwamba II 9 3 0 6 3 15
Strathmore II 9 4 0 5 1 13
Nakuru II 9 3 0 6 3 13
Machine II 9 3 0 5 1 13
Nondies II 9 0 0 9 0 0
 
TEAM P W D L BONUS PTS
Kisumu 7 7 0 0 7 35
Masinde M 7 6 0 1 6 30
Kakamega 7 4 0 3 3 19
Webuye rfc 7 3 0 4 3 15
Bungoma 7 3 0 4 3 15
Maseno U 6 2 0 4 0 6
Siaya Mtc 6 1 0 5 1 3
Kisiii 7 1 0 6 2 0
Kisumu 7 7 0 0 7 35
Masinde M 7 6 0 1 6 30
 
TEAM P W D L BONUS PTS
Blakblad 7 7 0 0 7 35
Kabarak 7 5 0 2 3 23
Moi Uni 7 5 0 2 2 20
Impala III 7 3 0 4 6 18
Egerton 7 3 0 4 1 13
KCA 7 2 0 5 4 12
KEMU 7 2 0 5 2 10
Catholic 7 1 0 6 2 6
Blakblad 7 7 0 0 7 35
Kabarak 7 5 0 2 3 23
TEAM P W D L BONUS PTS
Homeboyz 7 7 0 0 7 35
USIU 7 6 0 1 5 29
K.Poly 7 5 0 2 4 24
Sheperds rfc 7 4 0 3 1 15
Nazarene 7 2 0 5 1 9
Oryx 6 1 0 5 3 5
B.Spartans 7 1 0 6 2 2
Daystar 6 1 0 5 1 0
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