It's Kabras and KCB for Enterprise Cup final

By francis marangu
Jun 11, 2021
  • KCB's Michael Wanjala breaks through a tackle from Homeboyz in previous match. The bankers face Kabras in the Enterprise Cup final.

Defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank RFC had an edge in the second half as they beat Strathmore University 22-0 at Impala Club.

The bankers advanced to Enterprise Cup final and will play Kabras Sugar who beat Impala RFC 24-5 in Kakamega. The sugar millers will be making their first ever cup final appearance while KCB will be in their third straight appearance.

In Kakamega, the hosts led 12-5 at half time in a tough tie. Try scorers for Kabras were Hillary Mwajilwa, Geoffrey Messo, Brian Tanga and Malik Habil. Fabian Olando landed two conversions. Mark Mwemoi scored the consolation try for Impala.

At Impala Club, KCB and Strathmore played out a balanced game in first half that ended scoreless. The match was won in second half with KCB substitutions contributing 12 of the 22 points scored.

In the first half, no team was able to open up the opponent’s defense and had limited visits to the 22. They put up spirited defense all through with heavy contests among the forwards.

Strathmore flyhalf Ian Lumwaji had three territorial kicks in a bid to instigate action upfront but all were fruitless. Billy Isabwa and Elphas Otieno also tried out a kicking game for KCB early into the match but failed to click.

In the opening minutes, both sides played out a fast game. Strathmore had the first attempt at goal in the 15th minute but Lumwaji missed a penalty kick. Mike Wanjala then missed back-to-back penalties for KCB in the 19th and 21st minutes.

Early set back

Strathmore had a setback after Ginton Adongo was substituted early following a collision with an opposing player.

In the second half, Kenny Andola came on for Isabwa in the 45th minute and KCB touched down a minute later. Griffins Musila touched down at the end of a maul by the bankers with Andola converting for a 7-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, Andola missed a penalty attempt but was right with his second attempt at the hour mark for 10-0. They had set up a maul from a lineout resulting in an infringement by the students.

KCB were imposing in their play at the breakdown and pinned Strathmore in their half severally. In the 66th minute, Strathmore’s Teddy Agutu was sent to the sin bin and KCB were awarded a penalty that Andola failed to slot in.

A minute later, it was try time for the bankers. George Asin made a break that gained ground for KCB to attack. Winger Collins Wanjala then finished off with a try at the left corner taking scores to 15-0.

Substitute Arthur Ochieng touched down moments later but the try was overruled for obstruction. A minute later, it was another substitute Marlin Mukolwe killing off the match for KCB with the final try.

He capitalized on a fumble by Churchill Ooko in front of goal lines to score and Andola converted.

Impala II put up a brave fight to beat Kenya Harlequin II 23-17 and qualify for Mwamba Cup final. They will play Nakuru II who beat Kabras II 13-0. Mwamba Cup II final will be contested by Shieywe and Impala III.