Homeboyz Reach Prinsloo Main Cup Semis

Sep 04, 2021

Homeboyz were on the verge of crashing out of the Prinsloo Sevens main cup and only qualified as the best team.

They are however through to the semi-finals after bumping out Kenya Commercial Bank. It must have been a personal triumph for Paul Murunga, a former KCB player over his friend Howard Okwemba.

They will face defending champions Mwamba who edged out Strathmore University in the other quarters. Also through to the semis Kenya Harlequin and hosts Nakuru. Homeboyz 22 KCB 12 Homeboyz booked their berth with a 22-12 win over Kenya Commercial Bank, Oscar Ayodi's converted try putting his side 7-0 up.

Collins Kimani breached the Homeboyz defence, playing in Benjamin Ojema whose converted try under the posts levelled the scores at 7-7. KCB lost skipper Andrew Amonde to the sin bin just before the break, this proved to be the game's turning point as Homeboyz took the lead, Ayodi completing his double to see his side lead 12-7 at half time.

Paul Murunga's side went ten points clear, taking advantage of poor KCB defending to score an unconverted try before Dan Weku sealed the bankers fate, touching down for a 22-7lead. KCB scored a late try through Fabian Olando as the game ended 22-12.

Nakuru 10 Kisumu 7

Kisumu were fastest off the blocks, their early converted try giving them a 7-0 lead. The match would remain finely poised but soon tilted in Nakuru's favour. The home side retained possession, eventually reducing the deficit on the stroke of half time with an unconverted Javan Murayi try. Second half pressure finally bore fruit for Nakuru, scoring their game winning try with two minutes of play left. They would hold out for the 10-7 result.

Quins 17 Nondies 10

Victor Oduor's converted try saw Quins take a 7-0 lead but Nondies held their nerve, taking the game to Quins. Elisha Kwadi's try for Nondies reduced the deficit to 7-5 heading into half time. Quins surged ahead from kick off, Willy Ambaka scoring after a 40 meter sprint, giving his side a 12-5 lead. Nondies were still in it and their unconverted try towards the end of regulation time brought the scores to 12-10. Patrice Agunda broke Nondies' hearts, touching down with what was virtually the last play, giving his side a 17-10 win.

Mwamba 12 Strathmore 7

It seemed that fans would be bracing themselves for an upset as Strathmore restricted Mwamba, defending well and denying the reigning National Sevens Circuit champions possession. Winning possession from a line out, Mwamba attacked Strathmore, Collins Injera inevitably racing clear to socre under the posts. Laving Asego converted for a 7-0 lead. Strathmore, the 2009 National Sevens Circuit champions would come back, Felix Ayange beating his marker to touch down. Kenny Andola converted to tie the scores at 7-7 heading into half time. The second half would remain tense and closely contested but it was Mwamba who looked slighty sharper and came close to scoring but Michael Agevi fluffed a try scoring opportunity, dropping the ball on the try line. Injera won it for Mwamba, his late try giving his side the 12-7 result

Collated Quarter Final Results

Main Cup Homeboyz 22 KCB 12, Nakuru 10 Kisumu 7, Quins 17 Nondies 10, Mwamba 12 Strathmore 7. Bowl Machine 19 Kenya Polytechnic 5, Masinde Muliro 12 Nakuru II 0, Impala 27 Eldoret 7, Blak Blad 12 KCA 0. Shield Catholic 24 Webuye 7, Bungoma 27 Egerton 0, Moi University 12 Kitale 7, Daystar 7 Multimedia 5. Upcoming fixtures Main Cup Semis Homeboyz v Mwamba, Nakuru v Quins. Plate Semis KCB v Strathmore, Kisumu v Nondies. Bowl Semis Mean Machine v Blak Blad, Impala v Masinde Muliro. Shield Semis Catholic v Daystar, Bungoma v Moi University.