Kenya Harlequins picked up a 46-19 win over visiting Nakuru RFC in the second week of the Kenya Cup at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday 2 December 2017.
The visitors were first to draw blood through Geoffery Ominde, after a successful couple of phases and better opening minutes with possession. Henry Ayaa converted the try for an opening 7-0 lead.
The hosts, Quins, would later prod Nakuru’s defence and camp in the latter’s territory. Their efforts proved fruitful with a Ronald Musaja try off a lineout, Kevin Njugi with a successful conversion to even the scores at 7-7.
With both teams unwilling to relent on their defense lines, play would for the better bit be camped at the centre, Nakuru later earned a penalty but Ominde scuffed the opportunity.
Tony Mutai then punished Nakuru further after another successful Quins maul to stretch the scores further to 14-7. Quins however were forced to play a man less after a late charge on Nakuru’s Ominde earned of their players a sin bin visit. The numerical discord notwithstanding, Isaac Adimo set up Peter Misango for a try earning the hosts a 19-7 lead. Minutes into the restart, Dennis Muhanji cut through Wanyore’s defense for Quins’ fourth try, converted by Njugi for a 26-7 lead into the break.
Quins stretch lead
Nakuru got quick off the blocks into the second half with a try from Monate Akuei, the conversion scuffed. Moses Okendo then added another, Martin Mwita adding the extras. Quins extended the lead via a successful penalty through Njugi’s boot, scores capped at 29-19.
The thrilling clash would have Quins’ and Simba XVs flyer Isaac Adimo walk off the pitch mid-way into the second half for a concussion check. The hosts leveled up his exit with a try through season’s new entrant Brian Beckham for a 34-19 lead. Two more tries via Lewis Olaka and Peter Misango saw Kenya Harlequins stretch their lead to 46-19 until the final whistle.