Nakuru clinch seventh Enterprise cup

By francis marangu
Apr 05, 2021
  • Nakuru RFC players celebrate with a dance.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Nakuru RFC Martin Muita is tackled at the scoreline.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Philip Wamae’s last minute error in judgement gifted Nakuru RFC their seventh Enterprise Cup title with a 18-13 win over Kenya Commercial Bank at the RFUEA Ground on saturday.

The game was tied at 13-13 and a minute of play remaining when KCB gained advantage inside their half through a line-out. It was a critical moment for the bankers after dominating Nakuru in the line outs for most of the game.

However, Wamae opted for quick play and Nakuru seized possession immediately to score an unconverted try through winger Javan Murayi.

Nakuru had a positive start to the match with a second minute penalty from flyhalf Martin Muita.

Eight minutes later, Nakuru had a second penalty awarded but Muita kicked wide. KCB began pushing the ball into their opponent's half in search of a try.

Fullback Jacob Ojee gave the bankers a 5-3 lead inside the 15th minute with a try, finishing off a Allan Omuka ball.

Nakuru was visibly weak at the line outs as most of the balls went uncontested. Flanker Nick Lang’o restored Nakuru’s lead to 8-5 in the 20th minute, touching down from a rolling maul.

Eight minutes later, KCB was 10-8 up courtesy of Essau Otieno’s unconverted try after powering past a crowd of Nakuru players.

The bankers had a two points advantage going to the breather. KCB extended their lead upon resumption as Mutai kicked over a penalty in the 54th minute.

Dennis Mwanja replaced Francis Muita as KCB sought to re-energize their forwards power. Nakuru responded with twin substitutions as Gibson Weru and Joseph Odero were rested for Victor Shigholi and Richomond Barasa.

KCB suffered a blow in the 66th minute when prop Denis Mukabi was sent to the sin bin for repeated infringement at the scrum. Nakuru was immediate in utilizing their numerical strength to tie the game when Lang’o scored his second try from a maul. KCB had an opportunity to break the tie in the 74th minute but Mutai squandered a penalty paving way for a tensed finish.

KCB rue missed chances 

“It feels good to have won. We kept our heads high and gained composure knowing that we were fighting for respect,” remarked Nakuru captain Edwin Makori who was also named man-of-the-match.

KCBs Edwin Salamba rued the missed opportunity after a good display for the entire match.

“We knew that this game was ours to lose. Having played well, its unlucky that we lost it late.”

KCB II endured tough times to retain their Mwamba Cup Division I trophy with a 28-8 win over Western Bulls II.

They finished the match with a man down after James Ochieng accumulated two yellow cards amounting to a send off late in the game. At one point in the first half, KCB played with thirteen men as Ochieng and Peter Kilonzo were sent to the sin bin in a span of two minutes.

Martin Mukolwe set the win rolling with a 14th minute penalty before James Kiarie touched down two minutes afterwards for a 8-0 lead. Evin Asena replied for Bulls in the 29th minute with a penalty.

However, Mukolwe ensured a 11-3 halftime lead for the bankers with a 33rd minute penalty. Edwin Otieno added another try for KCB in the 60th minute moments before Ochieng was sent off.

Geoffrey Mosso was then sent to the sin bin four minutes later as KCB played with thirteen men again. Mukolwe had a try in the 71st minute while Mosso scored another one only a minute after returning to the field.  

Impala III won Mwamba Cup Division II after beating Shieywe RFC 26-3. Impala’s tries were scored by Ian Magwa, Asena Harrison, Mudi Leon and Brian Lwangu. Wilfred Nyakundi had two conversions and one from Rainer Omondi. Isaac Malika stroked in one penalty for Shieywe.

Results: Enterprise Cup- Nakuru RFC 18 KCB 13; Mwamba Cup Division I- KCB II 28 Western Bulls II 8; Mwamba Cup Division II- Impala III 26 v Shieywe RFC 3.