Crucial bonus point win for Mean Machine against Strathmore University

By francis marangu
Mar 11, 2021
  • Samson Onsomu clears the ball from the base of a ruck to his backs in the match against KCB. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

University of Nairobi's Mean Machine beat Strathmore University 26-5 in a crucial bonus point win as Kenya Cup heads to the penultimate stage.

Fellow strugglers Blak Blad lost 11-29 to Nakuru RFC while Western Bulls picked a bonus point from their 26-36 loss to Homeboyz RFC after a 15-15 tie at halftime.

With two more rounds of play remaining, Mean Machine, Western Bulls and Blak Blad are tied on 12 points at the bottom. That makes the relegation battle tougher with Western Bulls set to host Blak Blad next weekend.

At the top, Homeboyz has taken over leadership with 59 points while Kenya Harlequin FC moves to second on 58 points after beating Kabras Sugar 19-13. KCB dropped to third after a 24-27 loss to Impala RFC.

In this match, KCB took the lead from a Darwin Mukidza penalty before Paul Mutsami touched down and Robin Kiplangat converted for Impala. Mukidza and Kiplangat added a penalty each.

Seje Owade then scored for Impala and Kiplangat converted as the Gazelles went 17-6 up. Peter Kilonzo scored and KCB added another try as they led 19-17.

But, Leon Adongo returned Impala back into the lead with a try and Duncan Ekasi added another. Jacob Ojee scored a late try for KCB who suffered their second loss of the season.

Nakuru and Mwamba bonus wins

Nakuru RFC and Mwamba RFC won their respective matches with a bonus point to remain in tight contention for a playoffs spot.

Nakuru won 29-11 over Blak Blad with Isaiah Nyariki, Monate Akwei, Kelvin Omiyo and Cassius Omollo touching down. Geoffrey Ominde kicked over three conversions and a penalty.

Wesley Kidinga scored the lone try for Blak Blad with Levy Amunga kicking over two penalties.

Mwamba was in good form as they dismissed Nondescripts RUFC 33-0 at the Nairobi Railways Club. They had to wait until the second half to secure the bonus point despite opening scoring very early.

In the fourth minute, Humphrey Kayange out-sprinted the entire Nondies backline after receiving a swift pass from Lavin Asego to dive over.

Not even the hard-tackling by three Nondies players could stop him while George Mutuku converted for 7-0.

In the 20th minute, Greg Odhiambo then added the second try after touching down at the left corner. Mwamba had won a lineout on the right end of the pitch and the ball moved effortlessly across for the try.

Mwamba punished Nondies

Seven minutes later, Alex Aturo inked his name on the scoresheet. Mwamba easily punished Nondies from their own mistake.

Bridgen Andit intercepted a wayward pass by Nondies and raced forward but was tackled before crossing the line. They recycled the ball with Aturo scoring from the final touch. Mutuku converted for a 19-0 scoreline at halftime.

Nondies held tight in the opening half of the second stanza as they showed intent of denying Mwamba the vital bonus point. They eventually broke down in the 67th minute when Jonah Atuka scored the bonus point try.

It was Kayange who made an intercept and raced to cross the line under the posts. But, he handed the ball to Atuka who scored and Mutuku converted.

The last try was scored by Ronnie Omondi after Aturo made the break on the right wing but handed the ball to Omondi after crossing the line.

Results

Impala 27 KCB 24, Kabras Sugar 13 Quins 19, Mean Machine 26 Strathmore University 5 Blak Blad 11 Nakuru RFC 29, Homeboyz 36 Western Bulls 26, Mwamba RFC 33 Nondies 0.