Strathmore Leos rally to deny Kenya Harlequins a win

Strathmore Leos scored 17 points in the closing half to share spoils with Kenya Harlequins following a 20-20 draw in a Kenya Cup encounter played at RFUEA rounds on Saturday.

Kenya Harlequins were eyeing the second win of the season and they scored three tries, converted one and scored one penalty. The students who have finally picked their first points of the season scored two converted tries and two penalties in the draw.

Quins took a 12-point lead to the break following two tries, a penalty and a conversion against Leos’s three-pointer. Quins got on the scoresheet via a try from returning Frank Wanyama. Isaac Wafula’s conversion attempt failed to hit the target. The side then stretched their lead through Wafula’s penalty that took the scores to 8-0.

Their second try came from prop Melvin Thairu and this time around their conversion attempt a success stretching their lead to 15-0. Strathmore pulled back from the tee after being awarded a penalty that was drilled in by Arnold Muita for three points.

In the closing, Quins added the third try via Douglas Kahuri and it seemed to have put the game beyond their opponents reach. However, the try served as a wake-up call for Strathmore Leos who trimmed the gap with a try from substitute Maxwell Omondi under the post and it was converted by Muita to leave the scores at 20-10.

The students added three more points from a penalty by Muita for the gap to reduce to seven. They would seal the gap after beating Quins defence via a grabber kick and Kenya Under 20 vice-captain Andrew Matoka scored a try and the resultant conversion hit the target to tie the scores at 20-20.

The two head home with two points each.

Strathmore Leos: 1.Arnold Omollo.2. Barnabas Owuor 3. Shem Bonga. 4. Austin Mboya.5. Alton Chasia. 6. Philemon Olang.7. George Ooro.8. Bethwel Muteshi. (C)9. Arnold Muita (C)10. Dan Kiaskye. 11. Festus Safari. 12. Wiseman Aganya.13. Patrick Kluivert.14. Richard Omedo.15. Brunson Madigu.

Replacements:16. Dedan Maurice.17. Brian Munene. 18. Molade Akilano.19. Maxwell Omondi. 20. Matoka Matoka.21. Mathew Mogaya.22. Shem Okola.23. Gideon Makumi.

Kenya Harlequins: 1. Elisha Koronya 2. Brian Waraba 3. Melvin Thairu 4. Roxy Dan Suchi 5. Hillary Baraza 6. Frank Wanyama 7. Edward Shitanda 8. Kevin Angote 9. Anthony Abonyo 10. Isaac Wafula 11. George Owino 12. Leroy Kamau 13. Douglas Kahuri 14. Dewald Ishimwe 15. Dominic Osino

Replacements: 16. Wilhite Mususi 17. Mike Mugo 18. Ayub Kimutai 19. Emmanuel Mavala 20. Ainer Ndakwa 21. Nick Ndegwa 22. Michael Habash 23. Brian Oyando

Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-Half

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