2016/17 Kenya Cup runners up Kabras Sugar saw their start to the 2017/18 season threatened in the first fourty minutes, trailing visitors Mwamba RFC 15-5 at half time but reengineered a strong second half comeback to win the tie 29-12 at home, Kakamega Showgrounds on Saturday November 25, 2017.
Four tries and two conversations in the second half by skipper Max Adaka, Fabian Olando, Malik Habil and Aluda Beda and Kevin Keegan (two conversations) to add on to the first half try through Felix Ayange were what the hard fighting sugar men needed to complete the comeback and post full match five bonus points win.
Visitors Mwamba hoping to end their two seasons losing streak to their hosts, were quick off the blocks with Loius Kisia opening the scores with a try, George Mutuku adding the extras for a stunning 7-0 lead but Kabras reduced the deficit with unconverted try from experienced and Kenya international star Felix Ayange.
Mwamba would, however, keep their mission alive, extending their lead through Gregory Ochieng's unconverted try and Michael Agevi's penalty for a 15-5 first half surprising lead.
After the break, skipper Max Adaka led his side with example scoring Kabras' second try, this time new signing Kevin Keegan sure with the extras to reduce the deficit to within three points, 12-15.
Minutes later Fabian Olando took Kabras to the lead, scoring the team's third try before resurgent sugar millers added their fourth bonus point's try through Malik Habil to go 24-15 up and give the home side sigh of relief.
Aluda Beda got Kabras fifth try towards full-time before Mwamba threatened to spoil the day with their fourth try and Mutuku with the conversion coming good but Kabras held on to record a third straight win over Kulabu.
Prior to this epic encounter, Kabras had beaten Mwamba twice home and away (20-11) and (37-32) both in last season’s meetings and this was after they had played to a 20-20 draw in the previous season (2015/16) with Mwamba's only victory (22-17) in the last three seasons coming in the 2014/15 season when Kabras was playing their debut season after being promoted to Kenya Cup.
In the second tier league, the Eric Shirley Shield (ESS) Cup, Mwamba II were no match to Kabras II as Brian Tonya, Mulongo, Okello Messo inspired the millers to a 19-0 victory.