Homeboyz RFC started their 2017/18 Kenya Cup campaign with a 41-39 win over Sportpesa Quins in a rescheduled fixture on Tuesday,28 November at the RFUEA grounds.
Homeboyz managed to get onto the scoresheet through five tries,four penalties and two conversions against Quins’ six tries,one penalty and three conversion.
Quins were the dominant side in the early exchanges having the bigger chunk of possession but it was the Deejays who drew first blood,Mohammed Omollo drilling in a penalty.
Omollo was running the show as he went over for the first try of the match but he sent his conversion wide as Homeboyz took a 8-0 lead.
Quins found a response on the 21st minute after Eric Shikuku was put through by skipper Patrice Agunda before going over the chalk for a try which Kevin Njugi failed to convert.
The sides would then exchange three pointers in quick succession as Omollo drilled in a penalty before Njugi responded on the other end,scores reading 11-8 in favour of Paul Murunga’s charges.
Quins had a perfect opportunity to level the scores after they were awarded a penalty but Njugi sent his kick wide off target.
Shikuku would grab his brace when Agunda managed to break after a rush from the Homeboyz defence before feeding Isaac Adimo who would put the fullback through for Quins’ second try,Njugi converting successfully from a tight angle.
Homeboyz restored their lead as Omollo converted Michael Wanjala’s try to hand his side a 18-15 advantage,before Omollo added a penalty to ensure the Deejays went to the interval holding a 21-15 lead.
Peter Misango went over for a converted try after several pick and drives as Quins retook the lead yet again.
Israel Soi played in Cyprian Kuto for another Homeboyz try before Quins responded courtesy of a converted try by Tony Mutai,scores reading 29-26 in favour of Quins.
Beautiful play would see Omollo set up Kuto for his brace between the sticks before Misango also grabbed his brace in style with an unconverted try.
The lead would change hands once again,this time substitute Nelson Sangura going over for a try which Haroun Lubisia failed to convert,before Omollo extended their lead with a penalty to take scores to 41-34.
Malcolm Onsando scored for Quins after coming on but it was too little too late as Homeboyz held on to claim an important 41-39 win.
Next in line for Quins is a home tie against Nakuru RFC at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday,2 December as Homeboyz take on Nondies in the Jamhuri derby.