Machine condemn Strathmore to a second kenya cup loss

Mean Machine overcame fellow students Strathmore Leos 23-10 in a thrilling early kick off Kenya cup encounter at Ruaraka grounds.
Strathmore Leos started the match on a high pinning mean machine in their own twenty-two in the early stages of the match. The Leos had a chance to go ahead from a penalty in the third minute but it sailed wide from the posts.
The deadlock was finally broken halfway into the first half after Strathmore failed to clear a dead ball from a Trevor Asina penalty which had hit the uprights. Maurice Murimi pounced on the poor clearance to slice his way for the first try of the match, Trevor Asina failed to add the extras.
Machine would extend their lead in the 30th minute through an Asina penalty to take matters to 8-0.
A good play on attack by machine failed to produce a try as Alfred Orege was pushed into touch a yard into the try box resulting in a Strathmore lineout in their own five.
Leos once again could not clear their lines with a knock on just a few yards from their try box and machine punished them as Brian Marube picked the ball to dot In machine’s second try. Trevor Asina could not add the extras and the game went into the break with machine leading 13-0.
Machine started the second half explosively but it was Strathmore who presented the first threat with a rolling mall which unfortunately did not lead to a try the referee calling for a knock on. Strathmore’s calls were finally answered when Omedo Richard stepped an oncoming machine line to score under the posts. With the conversion good the scores stood at 13-7 with over thirty minutes of play left.
Trevor Asina once again proved too good with his boot as he slotted in a penalty to take the scores to 16-7. Andrew Matoka replied for Leos with a penalty to make matters 16-10 with fifteen minutes left to play.
With just nine minutes left on the clock, Bruce Odhiambo had the composure and power to go over the white chalk for Machine’s third try of the day. Excellent Asina added the extras bringing the game to 23-10.
Machine held on to win the game 23-10.
Mean Machine 1.Paul Ekirapa 2.Adam Mugo 3.Ian Wando 4.Brian Koina 5.Dominic Mogendi 6.Brian Marube 7.Henry Rabach 8. Aaron Otieno 9.Marvin Karungii 10.Bruce Odhiambo 11.Shadon Munoko (C) 12.Maurice Murimi 13.Edwin Waithaka 14.Alfred Orege  15.Trevor Asina
Replacements: 16.Collins Otieno 17.Ben Mwangi 18.James Oluoch 19.Reuben Oroko 20.Ben Kanyi 21.Antony Abonyo 22. Raymond Ekutu 23. Yazmin Otachi 24. Jacob Siwa
Strathmore Leos: 1.Omollo Arnold 2. Clinton Imbuye 3. Koronya Brian 4. Abdi Ahmed 5.Fanuel Aduda 6.Balo Aziz 7. Barnabas Owuor 8. Gabriel Adero(c) 9. Gideon Makumi 10. Lucas Oppal 11. Matayo Mathews 12. Omedo Richard 13. John Oduk 14. Alex Maina 15. Matoka Andrew
Replacements 16. Barry Guda 17. Mathews Matiri 18. James Wanjala 19. Philemon Olang 20. Austin Mboya 21. Arnold Muita 22. Nick Bulali 23. John Juma

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