KCB proved to be superior against their rivals Kabras after registering 44-20 victory to end the latter’s unbeaten run at the Impala Grounds.
Prior to this encounter Kabras, had not won against KCB. The past eight meetings had seen KCB win seven while one clash ended in a draw. They however hailed to end the bad run after allowing KCB to pick a bonus point win.
Aiming to break the duck, the Sugarmen started off brightly and they were able to take the ball through quick phases before earning a penalty which was drilled in by Philip Wokorach for a 3-0 lead. Henly Du Plessis charges were however dealt a blow after George Nyambua was sent off for a sin-bin after a high tackle.
The resultant penalty saw KCB respond with a three points, from Darwin Mukidza. The first try of the match came at the 14th minute, when the Kakamega Based side Kabras drove into KCB’s try box after a maul on the right side off a line out. Prop Ephraim Odour touched down to send Kabras five points up.
Wokorach attempt to add the extras went off the target. At the other end, KCB were able add three more points to the scoresheet after Mukidza’s penalty. The Bankers were reduced to 14 men after Brian Omondi was set off for a sin-bin but his absence did not deter them from taking a five point lead in the game.
The side launched a quick attack off the line out and within a shot span of time, they were in Kabras 22. Oscar Simiyu pick and drive earned them the first try of the game. Mukidza’s prowess from tee send them to a 13-8 lead.
KCB stretched the lead to eight points minutes later , with Mukidza scoring the third penalty that gave them an eight points lead. In closing minutes of the half, Kabras centre Mario Wilson landed the side their second try of the day but Wokorach failed to add the extras. The sides went to break with KCB leading with three points.
The Kenya Cup holders picked from where they left on return from the break as Michael Wanjala sneaked with the ball from the scrum and crossed over for a try that was converted sending KCB to 23 points. Kabras continued to fight back, and another maul earned them a converted and restored a three point gap. The Banker had to do without the services of Mukidza who was pulled off.
Omondi latch on a pass from Michael Wanjala and he scored below the posts and the try was converted for a 30-23 lead. Kabras attempts to comeback in the game were derailed after Hosea Ngesa was sent off for a sin-bin.
Nelson Nyandat scored their bonus point try after Samuel Asati added the extras. Griffin Musila took advantage of Kabras laxity and scored a converted try for the eighth win over Kabras.
KCB1. Oscar Simiyu 2. Peter Kaaria 3. Curtis Olago 4. Francis Mwita 5. Oliver Mang’eni 6. Andrew Amonde 7. Davis Chenge 8. Peter Waitere 9. Michael Wanjala 10. Ken Moseti 11. Abeka Stafford 12. Brian Omondi 13. Peter Kilonzo 14. Tony Onyango. 15. Darwin Mukidza
Replacements 16. Griffin Musila 17. Moses Amusala 18. Nelson Nyandat 19. Ian Indimuli. 20. Brian Nyikulo 21. Samuel Asati 22. Shaban Ahmed 23. Isaac Njoroge
Kabras: 1. Ephraim Odour 2. Max Adaka (Captain)M 3. Asuman Mugerwa 4. Brain Juma, 5. Hillary Odhiambo 6. Dan Sikuta, 7. George Nyambua, 8. Claude Johannes, 9. Brian Tanga (Vice-Captain), 10. Logan Basson, 11. Kevin Keagan, 12. Nick Baraza, 13. Mario Wilson, 14. Felix Ayange, 15. Philip Wokorach
Reserves: 16. Geoffrey Shitambasi, 17. Hosea Ngesa, 18. Joseph Odero, 19. Charlton Mokua, 20. Kevin Kabole, 21. Barry Robinson, 22. Fabian Olando, 23. Paul Abuto