Nakuru tops Kenya cup log

By francis marangu
Feb 22, 2021
  • Nakuru Top Fry remain at the top of Kenya cup ahead of the playoffs.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

There were no changes at the top of the Kenya Cup table following conservative results in the last round of matches played Saturday.

The league now takes a two months break and will resume on May 10 with the playoff semifinals. Nakuru RFC, Kenya Harlequin, Kenya Commercial Bank and Strathmore University have all qualified in that order. Nakuru and Quins will now enjoy home ground advantage and will host Strathmore and KCB respectively.

Nakuru beat Strathmore 24-11 in their last match at the Nakuru Athletic Club while Quins were 61-0 winners over Kisumu RFC.

KCB beat Blak Blad 51-10 away at Kenyatta University to tie at 53 points with Quins but the latter has a superior points difference.

Homeboyz RFC finished off with a firm grip on the fifth spot with a convincing 34-21 away win over Western Bulls in Kakamega. Resolution Impala Saracens had an away bonus point win beating Mombasa Sports Club 70-3 while Mwamba RFC saw off Eldoret RFC 67-3.

Kisumu, promoted to the league in the 2011/12 season, and Eldoret playing in their first season after promotion have been relegated.

Nondies stop Machine

At the University of Nairobi grounds, Nondescript survived an early scare to beat Mean Machine 36-5.

For more than half hour of the opening half, Machine was the dominant side pushing Nondies into their half consistently.

A 10th minute unconverted try by Anthony Ngera gave Machine the right platform to call the shots. Nondies came to life in the last two minutes of the first half with successive tries from captain Joseph Wachira and Ronnie Mwenesi. Fielden Sinei converted twice to give Nondies a 14-5 halftime lead.

Substitutions seemed to be the turning point for Nondies in the second half as they piled pressure on the students and eventually secured a bonus.

Ben Nyambu touched down in the 50th minute after sneaking through the Machine defense from a lineout with Sinei converting.

Ten minutes later, substitute Biko Adema had an unconverted try moments after introduction as Nondies led 26-5. Mwenesi added his second try in the 68th minute with a powerful run, Kabau Muruatetu accounting for the conversion.

Adema sealed the game for Nondies with a penalty at the stroke of full time. In the Eric Shirley Shield, Mwamba II was the last team to earn qualification to the playoff semifinals with a 113-10 win over Eldoret II.

Mwamba now joins Nakuru II, KCB II and Strathmore II who had already qualified while defending champions Quins II miss out.

Kenya Cup Results: Kenya Harlequin 61 Kisumu RFC 0, KCB 51 Blak Blad 10, Western Bulls 21 Homeboyz RFC 34, Mombasa SC 3 Impala Saracens 70, Eldoret RFC 3 Mwamba RFC 67, Nakuru RFC 24 Strathmore University 11, Mean Machine 5 Nondescript 36.