• Admin Police Quell Rugby Brawl as Kenya Cup Ends

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Feb 27, 2011-

Administration Police had to be called in to quell a brawl that threatened a top-of-the-table Kenya Cup between newly crowned champions Kenya Harlequin FC and second-placed Kenya Commercial Bank at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground on Saturday.

Referee Constant Cap flashed a red card to Quins’ lock Martin Likhami at the height of the side shows. He has earlier sent KCB’s inspirational utility forward Dennis Mwanja to the sin bin. The match, a formality for Quins who had clinched the title with two matches to go ended in a 19-19 draw. This set the stage for the Enterprise Cup quarter final clash next weekend. The draw was the only blemish for Quins who remained unbeaten throughout the compaign and a fitting consolation for KCB’s Mathew Musita who was attending his brother’s funeral.

The close of the 2010/2011 Kenya Cup league also opened a new chapter in the Kenya rugby scene as Kenya Rugby Union synchronized their calendar with the international one.

Back to the match. The stage belonged to past and current Kenya seven-a-side rugby players who dictated the outcome. For KCB, it was the ‘ironman’ Dennis Mwanja, a former Kenya sevens assistant captain who came back from the sin bin to score two tries. Another  Andrew Amonde gifted a try to Quins’ emerging sevens player Patrice ‘situational’ Agunda. Victor Oduor who was recently recalled to the national seven-a-side team and Sidney Ashioya also scored for Quins. Peter Abuoga who has played for Kenya Sevens slotted the conversions. The only ‘strangers’ to score on the final day of Kenya Cup league were Anthony ‘Junior’ Ochino and Fabian Olando.
 
It was a cagey start to the game with both sides opting to keep the ball tight in the forwards. Quins loose forward Victor Oduor went over, giving his side a 5-0 lead. Almost immediately Mwanja was sent to the ‘sin bin’ by Cap. KCB were unlucky when twice, Maxwell Adaka squandered two tries, dropping the ball on the Quins’ try line. On form Sidney Ashioya scored the second try for Quins and Abuoga converted for a 12-0 lead.

Mwanja scored the first of his two tries just before the break and Olando converted. Quins were quick off the mark upon resumption, when center Patrice Agunda took advantage of a costly slip by Amonde to slice through a static KCB cover defence to score under the posts. Abuoga's conversion took the scores to 19-7. KCB looking dead and buried.
 
Soon after, the game degenerated into a series of mini brawls and flare ups that required an intervention by the Administration Police although referee Constant Cap ably sorted this out, handing out a red card to Quins lock Martin Likhami at the height of the side shows.
 
This one man deficit allowed KCB back into the game with Mwanja, who minutes earlier had been the object of Likhami's rage and attention, went over, again from a rolling maul, cutting the deficit to 19-12 before back row Anthony "Junior" Ochino barged over late in the game with Fabian Olando converting to tie the scores at 19-19.
 
Quins ended the season unbeaten, winning thirteen of their fourteen matches.
 
In another match, Strathmore University comfortably led 31-7 against Mean Machine but eased their foot off the pedal in the second to nearly surrended the win to a resilient Mean Machine. The final score was 34-24 for Strathmore University. Impala ended their Kenya Cup campaign with a 21-5 win over visiting Nakuru while Mwamba beat Nondescripts RUFC 24-5.

The start of the knock-out Mwamba Cup saw a big 63-6 win for Homeboyz over Catholic University. Other teams who qualified for the quarter finals were Impala II, Mwamba II, USIU-A, Mean Machine II, Kisumu RFC, KCB II and Mombasa Sports Club.
 
Collated Results
Kenya Cup: Kenya Harlequin FC 19 Kenya Commercial Bank 19, Nondescript RUFC 5 Mwamba  RFC 24, Impala RFC 21 Nakuru RFC 5, Strathmore 34 Mean Machine 24
Mwamba Cup Round of 16: Catholic 6 Homeboyz 63, Impala II 7 Quins II 5, Mwamba II 14 Masinde Muliro 0, USIU 32 Oryx 12. Strath II 8 Machine II 16, Kisumu II 14 Nondies II 0, Blak Blad 20 KCB II 22, MSC 55 Shepherds 0

 KRU


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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