Mukidza named top points scorer as KCB reclaim Kenya Cup trophy

By francis marangu
Apr 22, 2021
  • Darwin Mukidza was named as the top points scorer as KCB won the Kenya Cup Trophy. Humphrey Kayange was the top try scorer. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The Kenya Cup trophy changed hands on Saturday after Kenya Commercial Bank RFC beat Kabras Sugar 36-8 to reclaim the honours they lost to the sugar millers last season.

With the win, KCB continued their league dominance over Kabras.

Fullback Darwin Mukidza was voted the top points scorer for the season with 171 points and painted a picture of a possible revenge mission from the bankers in the win.

“We bowed out in the semifinals last season when Kabras won after taking away our best players. It was hard picking up but we are happy to have won it back,” he said in his post-match interview.

Player-coach Anthony Ogot, Geoffrey Messo, Max Adaka and Fabian Olando left KCB for Kabras.

From the start, it was clear KCB wanted to pick any points available as part of their winning strategy.

In the opening five minutes, Mukidza had already made good use of his boot by kicking over one penalty and missing another for a 3-0 lead.

The bankers had a good outing at the lineout and their pack was powerful. In the 12th minute, winger Jacob Ojee touched down the first try after running unchallenged on the right wing from an assist by Mukidza for 8-0 lead.

Scoring opportunity

Kabras had an opportunity to score their first points but Ugandan fullback Philip Wokorach squandered a penalty attempt.

In the 24th minute, prop Duncan Mwangi gifted KCB an easy scoring opportunity after fumbling with a passed ball at the halfline.

Oliver Mang’eni capitalized on the mistake to sprint all the way and touch down between the posts. Mukidza converted as they extended the lead to 15-0.

Wokorach kicked a penalty for Kabras and made a try-saving tackle on scrumhalf Michael Wanjala moments later.

Wanjala had sneaked out of a ruck to beat the KCB backline before the tackle. He  was penalized for a high tackle and KCB had a scrum.

Andrew Amonde drove away from the scrummage but succumbed to twin tackles in front of the goal lines. Fidel Oloo then won a crucial turnover at the ruck for Kabras to clear the danger.

Mukidza survived a late tackle by George Nyambua in the 39th minute to touch down for KCB and converted for a 22-3 lead at halftime.

Kabras started off the second half with double substitutions as Dan Sikuta and Ivan Chirabu came on.

Sikuta’s presence was felt as he gained ground for Kabras with an immediate carry into the 22. They piled pressure by camping in the KCB’s 22 region for up to six minutes.

It paid off when Wokorach scored at the right corner after receiving a good pass from Jone Kubu.

Kabras were not competitive

Apart from the few moments of aggressive play upon resumption, Kabras were not competitive for most of the half.

At the hour mark, replacement hooker Peter Karia scored off a rolling maul and Mukidza converted for 29-8.

KCB nailed the win with a late try off a setpiece. They had a lineout in the 22, Martin Owila rose high to collect the ball and passed to Mang’eni who barged over to complete his brace. Mukidza made the conversion.

With a seemingly easy ride to the title, KCB had the luxury of resting their key players Curtis Lilako, Davies Chenge, George Asin, Moses Amusala, Michael Wanjala and Jacob Ojee in the last quarter.

“We knew Wokorach would be their main threat through kicking which is his signature game. We managed to contain him,” Mukidza noted.

Curtis Lilako, the KCB captain said the entire playing unit and management worked hard towards the triumph. “It was a team effort today,” he observed.

Kabras captain George Nyambua said KCB were deserving winners. “They made us work hard and won the game. Pressure was not on us, it was on KCB as the home team because they had to win.”

Mwamba’s Humphrey Kayange was the top try scorer with 14 tries.

Impala II won the Eric Shirley Shield after beating KCB II 13-12 while Kisii RFC won Championship with a 25-10 win over Mombasa RFC.