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Ruthless Oilers put USIU through the wringer
By Dennis Gatuha | Sat 10 Mar, 2018 18:30

Menengai Oilers cushioned their lead atop the KRU Championship standings with a 53-0 win over USIU Martial at the Nakuru Showgrounds.

The Gibson Weru boys scored nine tries- six of them off their dominant scrum. The home team stamped their authority in the match as a early as the fifth minute, and though the visiting side tried to claw back early in the second half, they did wane as the clock ticked past the hour mark.

No.8 Rodgers Audi sent Oilers into the box seat on the fourth minute, diving over off the back of the scrum. Chipu outside back Derrick Keyoga sent the resulting conversion wide. Winger Derrick Mbaire was the next on the score sheet when he sliced through the students defence after centre Derrick Ludenyo had run a nice decoy run. Keyoga split the uprights from the tee for the scoreboard to read 12-0.

Scrum-half Theophilus Lusangalu delivered Menengai Oilers third try after his forwards had navigated a scrum into the USIU try box. Rodgers Audi barged over for the bonus point try at the stroke of halftime, diving over from the back of the effective Oilers scrum. 24-0 at half-time.

USIU showed intent early in the second half, managing to put their opponents scoreless during that period but they did themselves no favour by not scoring themselves. The Menengai Oilers juggernaut did gain momentum past the 60th minute and from then there was no stopping it.

On the 66th minute in-half Theophilus Lusangalu opened OIlers second half account. Not long after, his replacement Dennis Ngare barged over with Keyoga adding the extras. A try off a rolling maul and another one from Allan Azziz ensured the scoreboard read 48-0 with five minutes to spare.

The Kenya cup promotion candidates had saved the best for the last: A minute to the 80th minute Derrick Keyoga picked the ball deep in his own half and ghosted his way to the try box, leaving many a defenders for dead in his wake. His namesake Mbaire's stab at the extras proved unfruitful.

"We executed our game plan well and scoring more than 50 points against a team as formidable as USIU is a testement to this. It is our home that things will continue working out as they did today.", said Oilers starting scrum-half Theophilus Lusangulu.

Dennis Gatuha
Once aspired to be a rugby player. Now writes about rugby players.
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