Top Fry Nakuru started the 2018/19 Kenya Cup on a high beating hosts Strathmore Leos 15-20 on Saturday Nov 17.
Nakuru earned a revenge against a side that qualified for last season's playoffs at their expense in a match that started late as the referee requested for pitch to be marked again due to rains.
The win sees Nakuru pick four points after scoring three tries, one conversion and a penalty while Leos picked a losing point.
Nakuru's next match is against Impala at home while Leos will make a short-trip to Mean Machine.
Back to back Kenya Cup finalists Kabras Sugar also started on a winning note beating promoted side Mean Machine 41-0 in Kakamega. Kabras pick five points while Machine return with no point.
Next matchday will see Kabras head to Blad as Machine hosts Strathmore Leos.
Kabras Sugar vs Machine match report
Mean Machine started off strongly with Eric Muthama missing two penalties in the 7th and 20th minutes respectively following infringements from Kabras players Max Adaka and Dan Sikuta.
The Sugar millers fought back gallantly that saw Mark Sandaka increase the score line with unconverted try in the 16thminute.
Buoyed by the large crowed, the victor’s Felix Otieno widened the score margin with a converted try in the 28th minute.
Efforts by the City lad’s attackers Dominic Mogeni, Henry Rabachi and Aaron Otieno to penetrate the defense of Kabras were strongly thwarted by Dan Abuto, Nick Barasa and Johnston Mungau.
Hillary Odhiambo drilled home unconverted try in the 41st minute for Kabras to propel the 2016 Champions to a 17-0 half time lead.
After the breather, Charlton Mokua touched down a converted try for the hosts, and ten minutes later Phillip Wokorachi outsprinted full back Jacob Siwa to touch down a converted try for Kabras.
Kabras roving winger Hosea Ngesa scored a converted try to seal the fate of Mean Machine who won the league title in 1977, 1989 and 1990.
After the encounter Kabras Coach Henley Du Plessis was elated at his team’s victory. “The boys played as per my instructions. It is good to win the first match of the season. It motivates the players,” he said.
Mean Machine Tactician Ramsfield Matekwa admitted the defeat saying his charges made numerous mistakes that cost them the match.
“We had many scoring chances but the boys kept on fumbling with the ball when they came closer to the try box,” he added.
Strathmore vs Nakuru report
Duncan Abuyeka unconverted try and a successful penalty by Collins Onyango put the visitors ahead after a deadlocked opening 20 minutes of the first half.
An opportunity to reduce the deficit via a penatly kick for a strath was fluffed away but they would make up for the error on the last minute of the 1st half through Philemon Olang's converted try, scores settled at 8-7 in favor of Nakuru.
Top Fry Nakuru were quick to add a try through 'Obako' for a 13-7 lead. Leos would respond through Matoka successful penalty to have svores at 13-10.
Strathmore were reduced to 13 men after subsequent infringements from Silas Aziz and Gabriel Adero had the binned, Nakuru would however fail to capitalize on the numeric advantage. Their superior scrummaging would earn them a penalty try though and push the scores to 20-10.
Nakuru were on the receiving end if the sin bin after Musa was sent off and Strathmore would squeeze a try off the advantage through Clinton Imbuye for a 20-15 scoreboard read through to full time.
Reports by Tito Tavasi in Kakamega and Crispaus Onkoba in Madaraka.