MMUST Rugby Club held Kenya Harlequins to a 17-17 draw in a Kenya Cup match staged at Nandi Bears Club Saturday noon.
Kenya Harlequins who are winless since March 13, 2021 failed to hold on to a seven-point lead in the final minutes of the clash. They conceded a try in the final minutes which saw their winless run stretch to four matches.
The match commenced with a minute of silence in honour of departed referee Peter Mbithi Leo who died after a road accident on Mombasa Road on Thursday.
MMUST began the clash strongly and put Kenya Harlequins on the backfoot and a lapse in concentration saw scrum-half Keith Imbwaga beat his markers and raced on to score the opening try. Norbert Lumbwani cooly added the conversion to hand the students an early lead.
Quins would mount pressure in search of an equalizer but the Makaka’s held on. MMUST stretched the lead with a three-pointer from Lumbwani after they were awarded a penalty.
Kenya Harlequins responded with two tries to take a 14-10 lead to the break. Centre Leroy Kamau crossed over for their opening try which was converted for a 10-7 trail. Back-rower Kevin Angote ensured the side led at halftime after landing a try which was also converted for a 14-10 scoreline.
From the halftime break, Quins’ Allan Odiyo added three more points from the tee to widen their gap to seven points.
MMUST efforts to trim the gap were hampered by a missed penalty. Their chase for an equalizer later bore fruits towards the end of the half with Jadah Abdon going over to hand MMUST the second try of the clash.
Lumbwani added the extras to tie the scores at 17-17. Both sides head home with two points each.
MMUST Rugby Club: 1. Kevin Toti 2. Gibson Perez 3. Collins Ngoko 4. Geoffrey Meso 5. William Muhanji 6. Benson Mwata 7. Jadah Abdon 8. Felix Wamocho 9 .Keith Imbwanga 10. Norbert Lumbwani 11. Clause Shirievo 12. Malik Habil 13. John Bahati 14. Lameck Ambetsa 15. Isaiah Mulongo
Replacements: 16. Mike Onyango 17. Karanja 18. Cornel Byron 19. Jimmy 20. Wanyama 21. Felix Bukhutse 22. Sejo 23. Elvis Amunya
Reserves: 24. Erick Cantona 25. Venance Shikuba 26.Mark Oluoch
Kenya Harlequins: 1.Brian Obwaya 2. Brian Waraba 3. Melvin Thairu 4. Hillary Baraza 5.Charlton Mokua 6. Philip Ikambili 7. Edward Shitanda 8. Kevin Angote 9.Nick Ndegwa 10. Allan Odiyo,11. Hassan Yasin, 12. Leroy Kamau, 13. Eliud Mulakoli, 14. Mark Wandeto 15. Brian Oyiengo
Replacements: 16. Frank Khalwale 17. Wilhite Mususi 18.Andrew Mutua 19. Andrew Mutua 20. Jeff Kiragu 21.Lucky Dewald 22. Michael Habashi 23. Dennis Ambitho