Kabras stun top seeds Mwamba

By the punter
Aug 30, 2021
  • Darwin Mukidza and Philip Wamae were injured in KCB's first match. There was fear the bankers could be disqualified from the tournament. (SNA; File Photo)

Kabras Sugar set the pace for Nakuru's Prinsloo Sevens with a dominant 19-0 win over the top seeds Mwamba on Saturday at the Nakuru Athletic Club.

The pace did not relent and as the curtains came down, Impala beat Nakuru RFC, the second seeds and hosts 19-10. while Kenya Commercial Bank overcame Strathmore University 12-0

Pool A

Kabras Sugar landed in Nakuru with a bang and started their campaign with a 19-0 upset win over top seeds Mwamba RFC. They edged out Western Bulls 17-10 and overran Mount Kenya University (Thika) 40-0.

Mwamba, after the shock loss to Kabras Sugar bounced back to beat MKU Thika 38-5 and Western Bulls 17-5 in their last match. In this match, Dan Sikuta, Ahmed Shabaan and Collins Injera scored one try each and Alf Mutahi kicked over one conversion.

Pool A: Mwamba, Western Bulls, Kabras Sugar, MKU Thika; Mwamba 0 Kabras 19, Western Bulls 24 MKU Thika 0, Mwamba 38 MKU Thika 5, Western Bulls 10 Kabras Sugar 17, Kabras 40 MKU Thika 0, Mwamba 17 Western Bulls 5.

Pool B

Impala upset hosts Nakuru 19-10 to set a date with Mwamba. In this match, Paul Mutsami, Sam Montari and Pius Shiundu scored one try each for Impala with Samson Onsomu slotting one conversion. Nakuru beat Blak Blad 26-5 and Makueni 32-0 before losing to Impala.

Nick Abok, the Impala coach downplayed their solid form on the opening day saying they will start on a clean sheet on Sunday.

Pool B: Nakuru, Impala, Blak Blad, Makueni; Nakuru 26 Blak Blad 5, Impala 29 Makueni 0, Nakuru 32 Makueni 0, Impala 27 Blak Blad 0, Blak Blad 22 Makueni 0, Nakuru 10 Impala 19.

Pool C

Kenya Harlequin FC dropped only five points against Catholic University as they topped the pool. They beat Strathmore University 12-0 in the final match. Injuries checked Strathmore's charge on the opening day.

Pool C: Strathmore, Kenya Harlequin FC, Catholic University, Kisumu; Strathmore 32 Catholic University 0, Quins 34 Kisumu 0, Strathmore 36 Kisumu 0, Quins 28 Catholic University 5, Catholic University 22 Kisumu 0, Strathmore 0 Quins 12.

Pool D

Kenya Commercial Bank worked their way to the top of Pool D with a signature 12-10 win over the third seeds Homeboyz. They could be without their captain Philip Wamae for a long time after he sustained a career-threatening injury.

In this match, Alvin Otieno and Leonard Mugaisi scored a try each for Homeboyz. Benjamin Ojema scored two tries for KCB and Fabian Olando landed one conversion.

There was fear that KCB could be disqualified for breaking the tournament rules after they replaced injured Wamae and Darwin Mukidza with players who were not in the pool.

The two players were injured in their first match and according to tournament rules, a team can only replace injured players if their number drops to nine fit players. Such replacements should be from payers who are part of the pool.

Pool D: Homeboyz, KCB, Kisii, Nondies. Homeboyz 40 Kisii 5, KCB 7 Nondies 5, Homeboyz 35 Nondies 5, KCB 41 Kisii 0, Kisii 0 Nondies 7, Homeboyz 10 KCB 12.

Cup quarters: Kabras v Nakuru (10.20 a.m.), KCB v Strathmore (10.40), Quins v Homeboyz (11.00), Mwamba v Impala (11.20); Bowl: Western Bulls v Makueni (9.00), Nondies v Kisumu (9.20), Catholic University v Kisii (9.40), Blak Blad v MKU Thika (10.00).

Current standings: Nakuru 54, Quins 53, Mwamba 49, Strathmore 46, KCB 45, Homeboyz 35, Impala 35, Nondies 28, Kabras Sugar 26, Western Bulls 24, Blak Blad 17, Daystar 11, Kisumu 8, Kisii 7, Catholic University 6, Thika 2, Mean Machine 1, KCA 1, Sharks 1.