Owila’s hat-trick propel Nakuru Past Homeboyz

By francis marangu
Jan 11, 2022
  • Nakuru Larry Safari ducks a tackle to score a try against Homeboyz.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Lock Martin Owila grabbed three successive tries as Nakuru RFC maintained their unbeaten run in the Kenya Cup with a 64-0 win over Homeboyz RFC at the Madaraka Grounds.

Nakuru had secured all the maximum points plus a bonus in the first twenty minutes of play courtesy of four tries. In the 4th minute, left winger Larry Safari opened the account with a try converted by Martin Muita before Owila touched down from a rolling maul six minutes later.

Owila then scored two more tries in the 17th and 20th minutes plus two conversions from Muita to give Nakuru a 26-0 lead. Homeboyz evidently missed the services of injured captain Joshua Chisanga and Oscar Ayodi who is away with the national team.

They never posed any major threat to their opponents apart from flashy but ineffective runs by fullback Leonard Mugaisi. At the half hour mark, right winger Calvin Otieno added another converted try after stealing the ball from an error-prone Bush Mwale who delayed to offload.

Infringements cost Homeboyz

Many infringements cost Homeboyz huge possession in the opening half as Nakuru led 33-0 at the breather.

Ten minutes after restart, Lawrence Buyachi touched down for a converted try to extend his side's lead to 40-0. The Paul Murunga side suffered a major setback in the second half after Maxwell Kang’eri and Elphas Etemesi were stretched off with injuries.

Captain Edwin Makori, Bernard Okemwa, Philip Owuor and Nick Lang’o scored a try each with Muita adding two conversions. The win takes Nakuru to 40 points and strongly at the top of the table.

With their playoffs qualification seeming certain, the next one month will be tough for the Dominique Habimana side when complacency will not be entertained.

Out of the five remaining matches, they play Kenya Harlequin and Mwamba RFC away before hosting KCB at their backyard.

With Quins out of action, Strathmore University jumped to second place after a 20-17 away win over Nondescript at Jamhuri Park.

The students trailed 5-7 at halftime. KCB was also a big winner beating Mombasa RFC 119-0 while Impala RFC registred the second win of the season beating Eldoret RFC 86-0.

Western Bulls saw off visiting Blak Blad 47-3 at Kakamega High School.

Collated Results: Nakuru RFC 64 Homeboyz RFC 0, Western Bulls 47 Blak Blad 3, Nondies 17 Strathmore University 20, KCB 119 Mombasa Sports Club 0, Impala RFC 86 Eldoret RFC 0.