Strathmore knocks out Nakuru

By francis marangu
Mar 27, 2021
  • Nakuru RFC walk off the pitch past a Zuku booster mike after being knocked out by Strathmore University despite enjoying numerical advantage. (Photo by Francis Marangu)

Strathmore University has knocked out hosts Top Fry Nakuru from contention for the main title at the Top Fry Great Rift 10's.

The students won the high-tempered semifinal clash 10-0. Nakuru lost the match despite enjoying a  numerical advantage in three different instances.

In first half, Elton Isiaho and Humphrey Owuor were sent to the sin bin while Tony Owuor was sent out in second half. Yet, Nakuru could not use this advantage as Strathmore remained tight at the back.

Late in the first half, Strathmore took a quick penalty inside Nakuru's 22 and Michael Wanjala offloaded to Ginton Adongo who touched down at the right corner. John Oduk nailed Nakuru's fate minutes to fulltime with a late try after Strathmore won a lineout.

Strathmore were due to play Kabras Sugar in the main cup final after the sugar millers edged out Kenya Harlequin 8-5.

Kabras had a lineout and Jaspher Ochieng picked up the ball to kick forward. Derrick Obiero chased to gather and touch down for 5-0 lead at halftime.

Quins chased the game in second half but in vain. Obiero appeared to have sealed the win for Kabras with a penalty but Stanley Lunani pulled back a try for Quins. Kabras held on to win and are in contention for a maiden title.

Nakuru will play in the third-place playoff against Quins.

Plate final will be contested by KCB and Impala. In semifinals, KCB beat Homeboyz 7-0 while Impala beat Technical University of Kenya 26-12.

Bowl final has a matchup between Mean Machine and Catholic University. Machine beat Egerton University 22-0 with Catholic beating USIU-A 7-5.

In shield final, Brumbies will meet KCA-U who enjoyed a 24-0 walkover win over Eldoret RFC. Brumbies beat JKUAT 15-0 in the other semifinal.

Day two results

Cup quarters: Quins 12 Impala 0, Kabras 12 TUK 7, Strathmore 12 Homeboyz 0, KCB 7 Nakuru 10; Semi finals: Quins 5 Kabras 8, Strathmore 10 Nakuru 0; Final: Strathmore v Kabras.

Play-off: Quins v Nakuru.

Plate semis: Impala 26 TUK 12, Homeboyz 0 KCB 7; Final: Impala v KCB.

Bowl quarters: Brumbies 5 Egerton University 10, Mean Machine 26 JKUAT 0, KCA-U 10 USIU-A 15, Catholic University 20 Eldoret 0; Semi-finals: Egerton University 0 Mean Machine 22, USIU-A 5 Catholic University 7; Final: Mean Machine v Catholic University.

Shield Semi-finals: Brumbies 15 JKUAT 0, KCA-U w/o Eldoret; Final: Brumbies v KCA-U.