Homeboyz, Kenya Harlequins, Kabras Sugar and Champions KCB all picked wins on the road as Strathmore ended a six-game win less run with a draw to hosts Menengai Oilers in Kenya Cup round 7 games played on Saturday 19 January, 2019.
Impala should have joined the winners on the road but indecisiveness in the final play where they had a flurry of penalties meters away from the Mwamba try line saw them miss out on a vital try that could have stolen a win at the Railway club. They lost 20-16 - their third straight defeat - as both sides picked a bonus point.
Mwamba, riding on a 47-25 win over Strathmore Leos the previous weekend, took the lead via a Steve Sikuta try. They were to trail 6-5 after Quinto Ongo sliced the poles with two penalties.
A try by front row Deus Mudaki followed by a response from his Impala counterpart Kelvin Ronnoh saw Mwamba trail 11-10. They however took the lead at the break with a try Collins Injera.
Into the second half Lousi Kisia got the winning and bonus earning try for Kulabu. Impala got one of their own through fly half Sammy Oliech.
The game of big hits and heavy tackles saw Mwamba substitute Horace Otieno yellow carded and was soon followed to the sin bin by Oliech. Horace was later saw red as Mwamba ended with 13 players as they defended their lines against a late Impala onslaught right to the end.
A fantastic interchange between Wokorach and South African ace Logan Basson saw the latter slice through Nondies defense and scored between the posts, Wokorach added two points from the tee as Kabras went 17 points up. Both sides were reduced to 14 men with Hillary Odhiambo and Moses Begi being sin-binned. Sinei once again missed a penalty and they would remain 17 points down.
Clinical Kabras continued to impress as Logan Basson released Mario Wilson who scored the fourth try but Wokorach failed to convert it. Wokorach returned to the score sheet with a try and Basson added the extras before converting their sixth try which was scored by the Ugandan. It was after he fend off a series of challenges to score between the posts.
Kabras would hit the 40-point mark after Odhiambo scored from a line out that turned out to be the final play of first half. In the second half, Nondies pulled one back through Muga. The final half had less action and Kabras won to extend their stay at the top.
At the Jamhuri showground Kabras Sugar raked in 41 points in the first half to claw hosts Nondies 41-5 for a seventh straight bonus point win.
Kabras scored seven tries, three of which were converted in the first half. Nondies reponded with the lone points - a try -in the second half through substitute Fred Muga.
Brian Tanga opened the scores. Ugandan star Philip Wokorach scored a hatrick of tries - the second, fifth and sixth, as South African's Logan Basson and Mario Wilson scored the third and fourth tries. Francis Odhiambo who had been sin binned at some point alongside Moses Begi of Nondies landed the last one. Wokorach converted once, Basson adding two extras.
At the Nakuru Athletics Club, hosts Nakuru let go an 7-5 half time lead to go down 18-19 to visiting Homeboyz. A late Nakuru charge with a late try saw the hosts trail by a point, and could have won it with a successful conversion that was not to be.
Earlier, Strathmore Leos were denied their first win of the season despite leading hosts Oilers for long spells. They had a 20-3 half time lead and carried a 19-12 lead with ten minutes left. However, Clinton Odhiambo leveled matters for the Oilers with three minutes left.
Out in Juja, at Kenyatta University, Champions led 15-3 at the break and got the winning try in the second half through Isaac Njoroge. The hosts were to nail a bonus point with a late David Odhiambo try as they respectably lost out 20-15.
At the UoN grounds, Quins meant business scoring eight unanswered tries. A penalty and two conversions completed the damage. Tony Mutai, Iddi Kakai, Patrice Agunda and Dominic Osino touched down once each to add onto an early Lyle Asiligwa penalty for a 25-0 lead at the break. David Ambunya, Eden Agero, Peter Misango tries plus one more from Osino who completed his brace, had Machine on the ropes.
From the weekend games, Kabras stays top with maximum 35 points, five ahead of KCB. Quins are third with 26, four ahead of Mwamba. Homeboyz is fifth with 20 points, one ahead of free falling Impala who edge out Nondies on point difference.
Nakuru (16), Blak Blad (11), Oilers (8) and Strathmore (6) take the next positions as Mean Machine prop the 12-team log with two points.
Results - Round 7 - Saturday 19 January, 2019
Nakuru 18 Homeboyz 19
Mwamba 20 Impala 16
Nondies 5 Kabras 41
Oilers 19 Strathmore 19
Blak Blad 15 KCB 20
Machine 3 Quins 47