Kenya Cup defending Champions KCB handed newbies Menengai Oilers a 27-5 loss in a match staged at RFUEA Grounds on Saturday evening.
KCB kept Oilers backfoot in the opening minutes of the clash. The Nakuru based side, however, stood tall and kept the Kenya Cup holders at bay for 14 minutes. Oilers we dealt a blow after their flanker was sin-binned.
KCB drew the first blood in the 17th minute when Rocky Aguko picked the ball from a ruck to score in the corner. Things would not get any better for oilers as KCB ace Ken Moseti would latch onto oilers kick, glide through two-three defenders before offloading to a rushing Isaac Njoroge for the second try. Michael Wanjala added the extras to take the game to 12-0.
Things would get slippery for Oilers at the half hour mark when Adrian Opondo ran over the white chalk for KCB’s third try with Michael Wanjala missing the extras. Oilers replied in the closing stages of the first half with Vincent Mwikali dotting down from oilers maul making it 17-5.
Oscar Simiyu went over the whitewash only four minutes into the first half to stretch the bankers lead to 22-5 the conversion hitting the bar.
KCB suffered a blow twelve minutes into the second half when replacement scrum-half Samuel Asati had to be led off the pitch after suffering a concussion.
It would prove to be a quiet second half with Oilers putting up a strong show but the try line eluding them on several occasions. KCB had the last laugh as Rocky Aguko bagged a brace on stoppage time taking the tally to 27-5.
KCB :1. Oscar Sorano 2. George Asin 3. George Gichure 4. Mannaseh Oduor 5. Francis Muita 6. Brian Nyikuli 7. Felix Ojoo 8. Rocky Aguko 9. UpMichael Wanjala 10. Ken Moseti 11. Adrian Opondo 12. Brian Omondi 13. Jacob Ojee 14. Michael Kimwele 15. Isaac Njoroge
Replacements: 16. Griffin Musila 17. Jerry Olola 18. Ian Indimuli 19. Edwin Otieno 20. Elly Mukaizi 21. Samuel Asati 22. Essau Otieno 23. Vincent Onyala
OILERS: 1. Francis Atiti 2. Kelvin Mukoyani 3. Vincent Mwikali 4. Brian Ndirangu 5. Emmanuel Odera 6. Clinton Odhiambo 7. Harold Anduvate-c 8. Rodgers Audi 9. Theophilus Lusangalu 10. Amos Onyinkwa 11. Blastas Juma 12. Moses Arara 13. Emman Okwako 14. Derrick Mbaire 15. Brian Wekesa
Replacements 16. Vincent Oduor 17. Kelvin Juma 18. Mike mare 19. Chrispine Shitundo 20. Aziz Annan 21. Andrew odero 22. Antony kibet 23. Derrick keyoga