KCB and Nakuru last year's Great Rift 10's face off in cup quarters

By francis marangu
Mar 26, 2021
  • Technical University of Kenya is the only Nationwide team that qualified for the cup quarter final of the Top Fry Nakuru 10's. They face Kabras. (Photo by Francis Marangu)

Hosts Nakuru RFC and KCB, last year's Top Fry Great Rift 10's finalists will face off in the quarter finals when the tournament tournament enters the knock-out phase on Sunday morning.

Nakuru fell to Kenya Harlequin FC in the last match to finish second in Pool A. Enos Otieno, the Nakuru RFC coach rued their missed chances and promised to rectify the mistakes against the bankers who were unbeaten in Pool B.

Strathmore University had an easier passage winning their matches comfortably against nationwide teams after Blak Blad and Mwamba pulled out.

Out of the eight Nationwide teams entered in the division one competition, only Technical University of Kenya (TUK) withstood the challenge to qualify for the main cup quarterfinals.

The students finished second in Pool C after a 22-0 win over Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in their last match. They will play Kabras Sugar. 

The qualification was made sweeter after the other contender Kenya College of Accountancy- University lost 0-45 to Strathmore University. TUK player/coach Samson Njoroge told Sports News Arena they are more than ready to face Kabras.

"We play the same rugby, the pitch is the same and we will play with same number of players. There is no reason for us to panic," he remarked. "We will stick to our plan and try to play wide. That will create some room for attacking at the center. In the three matches, we have not been carrying enough at the center which exposed our defense but we will work on that."

Against JKUAT, TUK scored through Evans Mwenda, Anthony Omondi, Mitch Ojoa and Peter Wamoto while Omondi kicked a conversion.

The other three quarterfinals will pit Kenya Cup sides and Top Fry Nakuru will face KCB in a repeat of last year's final.

Nakuru upset by Quins

Nakuru faltered in their last pool match losing 5-7 to Quins who led 7-0 at halftime from a Kevin Angote's converted try. In second half, Nakuru took the game into Quins' territory and they were awarded a scrum in the opponent's 22.

They mauled and were awarded a penalty from an infringement which was quickly taken with Charles Odongo diving over.

Head coach Enos Otieno was not pleased with the display against Quins. "We did not take our chances. We allowed them to recycle and dictate the pace which killed us. In the knock-outs, we must take our chances and play smart."

Strathmore who were merciless in their play has a date with Homeboyz RFC who lost their last pool match 5-8 to Kabras. The final pairing brings together Ngong Road rivals Impala and Quins. In their last pool match, Impala lost 7-17 to KCB.

The bankers led 17-0 at halftime with tries from Vincent Opala, Peter Kilonzo and Griffins Musila while Essau Otieno converted once. Lameck Dunde scored the lone try for Impala and Robin Kiplagat converted.

Results

Division one; Pool A: Nakuru, Quins, Brumbies, Eldoret.

Nakuru 14 Brumbies 0, Quins 49 Eldoret 0, Nakuru 31 Eldoret 0, Quins 12 Brumbies 0, Brumbies 7 Eldoret 0, Nakuru 5 Quins 10.

Pool B: KCB, Impala, Catholic University, Egerton University.

KCB 24 Catholic University 5, Impala 24 Egerton University 0, KCB 31 Egetron University 0, Impala 32 Catholic University 5, Catholic University 12 Egerton University 5, KCB 17 Impala 7.

Pool C: Strathmore, KCA-U, TUK, JKUAT.

Strathmore 36 TUK 0, KCA-U 10 JKUAT 0, Strathmore 58 JKUAT 0, KCA-U 0 TUK 7, TUK 22 JKUAT 0,  Strathmore 45 KCA-U 0, Kabras 8 Homeboyz 5.

Pool D: Kabras, Homeboyz, USIU-A, Mean Machine

Kabras 36 USIU-A 5, Homeboyz 29 Mean Machine 0, Kabras 17 Mean Machine 0, Homeboyz 17 USIU-A 0, USIU-A 0 Mean Machine 37,

Day two

Bowl quarters: Brumbies v Egerton University (8 a.m.), Mean Machine v JKUAT (8.25), TUK v USIU-A (8.50), Catholic University (9.15); Cup quarters: Quins v Impala (9.40), Kabras v TUK (10.05), Strathmore v Homeboyz (10.30), KCB v Nakuru (10.55).

Division two

Pool E: Mumias, UoE, Co-Operative, Kabarak; Pool F: Nakuru Development, Moi University, Multimedia University, Mt. Kenya University; Pool G: Mt. Kenya University (Nairobi), Masinde Muliro, Ngong; Pool H: Kiambu, Molo, KPA Eldoret.

Results: Mumias 31 Co-operative 12, UoE v Kabarak (8.55), Nakuru Dev. 20 Multimedia 0, Moi University 5 MKU Thika 5, MKU Nairobi 20 Ngong 0, Masinde Muliro 26 Kericho 5, Kiambu 0 KPA Eldoret 20, Molo v 0 (11.25), Mumias 12 Kabarak 5, UoE 0 Co-Operative 20, Nakuru Dev. 17 MKU Thika 14, Moi University 14 Multimedia 7, MKU Nairobi 12 Kericho 5, Masinde Muliro 20 Ngong 0, Kiambu v 0 (2.20), Molo 26 KPA Eldoret 0, Co-Operative 17 Kabarak 0, Multimedia 0 MKU Thika 17, Ngong 0 Kericho 20, KPA Eldoret v 0 (4.25), Mumias 20 UoE 0, Nakuru Dev 35 Moi University 0, MKU Nairobi 22 Masinde Muliro 5, Kiambu 12 Molo 10.

Day two

Bowl quarters: Kabarak v Multimedia (8 a.m.), Kiambu v Ngong (8.25),Kericho v Pioneer (8.50), Moi University v UoE (9.15); Cup quarters: Mumias v Nakuru Dev. (9.40), Molo v Masinde Muliro (10.05), MKU Nairobi v KPA Eldoret (10.30), MKU Thika v Cooperative College (10.55).

Additional reporting by Eric Odanga