Kabras wrestle to silence spirited Nakuru

Kabras registered the 13th win of the season after a hard-fought 34-17 victory over Nakuru RFC in a Kenya Cup match played at Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday.

The Sugarmen were playing at the Nakuru Athletic Club for first time since November 2016 where they won 19-15.  They returned to the venue seeking to extend the perfect record that had seen them win in all of their last three visits to Nakuru town.

Kabras put the hosts on the back foot in the better part of the opening minutes of the clash but could not break the side’s tight defence. After the hustle, Sugarmen managed to get on the scoresheet through a penalty by Philip Wokorach.

Geoffrey Ominde tied the scores with a long-range penalty kick. With, six minutes to play, Nakuru were reduced to 14 men after Brian Mayaka was sin-binned.

Kabras made the numerical advantage count immediately. Brian Tanga set up Wokorach who sold a dummy and sped off to touch down the opening try of the game. The Ugandan rose and converted to send Kabras to 10 points.

Nakuru continued to grind and their efforts paid as they cut the gap to eight points after Mayaka pounced on a kick from Walter Okoth and dotted their first try. Ominde added two more points to tied the scores at 10-10.

Second half 

In the final half, Nakuru came back breathing fire and pinned Kabras in there own half to score through Philip Kwame. Ominde added the extras and set the fans wild.

The celebrations were cut short after Kabras used a rolling scrum to breach Nakuru’s defence and eighth-man Claude Johannes scored to cut the gap to two points. Wokorach sent wide his conversion attempt.

Chasing to keep their top spot, Wokorach would do the donkey work before finding Fijian Jone Kubu who landed third try for the side. Tanga scored his side’s bonus point try before Wokorach returned to the sheet for his second and fifth for Kabras.

Nakuru 1.John Mbugua 2.Emmanuel Mboya 3.Ezekiel Waitere 4.Phillip Owuor 5.Edwins Makori (C) 6.Cassius Omollo 7.Monate Akuei 8.Charles Odhiambo 9.Geoffrey Ominde (V.C) 10.Dancan Abuyeka 11.Walter Okoth 12.Oscar Ouma 13.Brian Mayaka 14.Gramwel Bunyasi 15.Crispin Onyango

Replacements 16.Dennis Abenga 17.James Njenga 18.Dan Githanga 19.Edwin Anunda 20.Ken Mwangi 21.Donald Aluoch 22.Collins Onyango 23.Tyson Asiago

Kabras 1. Ephraim Odour 2. Max Adaka (Captain) 3. Asuman Mugerwa 4. Brian Juma 5. Hillary Odhiambo 6. Dan Sikuta 7. George Nyambua 8. Claude Johannes 9. Brian Tanga (Vice-Captain) 10. Philip Wokorach 11. Jacob Okumba 12. Nick Baraza 13. Mario Wilson 4. Paul Abuto 15. Felix Ayange

Reserves: 16. Geoffrey Shitambasi 17. Bramwell Mayaka 18. Hillary Mwajilwa 19. Charlton Mokua 20. Kevin Kabole 21. Barry Robinson 22. Johnstone Mun’gau 23. Jonah Kubu

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