Champs KCB rout poor Mombasa as Impala see off Nakuru
Impala Saracens kept alive their hopes of a play-offs spot by edging out visiting Top Fry Nakuru 43-36 in a close Kenya Cup encounter at the Impala grounds in Nairobi on Saturday.
The hosts crossed the whitewash eight times and scored a penalty compared to Nakuru’s five tries and two conversations.
Full-back Ian Minjire was at his best bagging a double for the Ngong Road-based side while Paul Mutsami, Daniel Ndome, and Vincent Moses were also on target.
At half-time, Nakuru were leading 22-13 but a composed Impala worked on their mistakes and soon after the break, Impala scored a well-crafted try by the legendary Kenya Simba utility back Victor Mose who went under the posts.
An infringement from the Nakuru defence caused the visiting side a penalty which mercurial half-back Nato Simiyu slotted in for the three points.
Nakuru tried to reduce the deficit through key players Geoffrey Ominde and powerful lock Philip Kwame but their efforts were in vain.
Walter Okoth and Charles Odongo got on the score sheet for Nakuru with beautiful tries, with Geoffrey Ominde converting them.
Nakuru tried their luck in the final minutes of the game but Impala managed to hold on,with the game ending at 43-36 in favour of the Frank Ndong coached side.
The win sees Impala move to 34 points, to stay fourth. Kabras, on the other hand, remain at third position after their
47-15 win over Kisii RFC at the Mamboleo showground in Kisumu.Philip Wokorach got 15 points for Kabras, with additional 10 coming from conversions.
Elsewhere, defending Kenya champions KCB thrashed relegation bound Mombasa RFC 60-0 at the Mombasa Sports Club, with the champions running over 10 times for an easy win.
Stafford Abeka, Peter Karia, Elphas Adunga, Rocky Aguko, Esau Otieno and Marlin Mukolwe tries were enough for the Curtis Olago charges as they look forward to defending their Kenya Cup title.
In another match, Humphrey Kayange scored a hat-trick as wounded Mwamba RFC beat Nondies 53-12 at the Railways Club in Nairobi to register their second win of the season.The Kulabu have had a disastrous run this season, garnering just a paltry 13 points.
Apart from Khayange, Horace Otieno was also on the score- sheet while Brad Owako and Greg Odhiambo sealed the bonus win for the Nairobi based side.
At the same time, Homeboyz Rugby registered a 27-13 win over visiting Blak Blad at the Jamhuru showground to stay at second position in the 12- team log with the playoffs around the corner.
Most teams will not be in action next weekend, but action resumes on the weekend of Feb24/25 when KCB will host Kabras Sugar at the Ruaraka grounds, while Mombasa RFC will travel to Nairobi to face Homeboyz.
Stanbic Mwamba 53-12 Nondescript
Resolution Impala Saracens 43-36 Top Fry Nakuru
Regional Logistics Mombasa 0-60 KCB
Kabras Sugar 47-15 Resolution Kisii
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27-13 Blak Blad
Kenya Harlequins23- 6Strathmore Leos