Four tries in the second half were enough for Kabras Sugar to beat Mwamba 29-22 in a Kenya Cup tie staged in Kakamega on Saturday.
Kabras came to this clash seeking the third straight win over Kulabu, this is after picking a 20-11 and 37-32 victory in the last season’s encounter’s. For Mwamba they were out for the second victory over the Sugarmen, having beaten them 22-17 in their first ever encounter in 2014/15 season. Their second meeting in 2015/16 season saw the sides share spoils after a 20-20 draw.
Visitors Mwamba managed to break Kabras RFC defence in the opening minutes and flanker Loius Kisia touched down while George Mutuku added two points for a 7-0 lead. The Sugarmen however pulled back with a try from Kenyan International Felix Ayange but new signing Kevin Keegan failed to bring the scores to level after he missed his conversion kick.
After 26 minutes of play, Mwamba extended their lead with a try from Blind Winger Gregory Ochieng touching down for a 12-5 lead. Michael Agevi pushed the scores further with a penalty kick and at halftime Mwamba were in comfortable 15-5.
The final half saw the Millers start off strongly and skipper Max Adaka rose from a scrumdown and touched down for the Charles Cardovillis charges and Keegan added two more points.
Fabian Olando was set up by Johnstone Munga’o and touched the third try of the day for Kabras. Kabras fine run in the second half continued and combination between Adaka, Ivan Kirabo saw blind winger Malik Habil benefit with a try that saw them move to 24-15.
Vice captain Aluda Beda got on the scoresheet after Mutuku’s failed kick and his try saw Kabras led 29-15. Mwamba’s captain Edwin Machanje on the other hand capitalized on Dominic Osino failed pass and scored fourth try for the visitors. Mutuku’s conversion was good and cut the deficit to 7 points.
In the Eric Shirley Shield, Brian Tonya, Mulongo, Okello Messo scored as Kabras II picked a 19-0 win over Mwamba II in an early kick off clash.