Kenyan International Jacob Ojee landed three tries as KCB defeated Menengai Oilers 35-17 in a Kenya Cup semi-final match played at KCB Sports Club.
KCB are set to play against Kabras once again in the 2021 Kenya Cup final. This is KCB’s fourth consecutive final appearance since 2016.
Oilers fluffed the chance to take an early lead with Austin Sikutwa’s penalty flying wide after KCB were penalized for an offside.
The hosts then found the scoresheet on their first surge forward with quick hands among the backs feeding unmarked Jacob Ojee who easily beat his markers to score the opening try of the match at the left corner.
Darwin Mukidza curved in a conversion from the left side for a 7-0 lead. Oilers launched a lengthy hunt for the opening points but saw Sikutwa’s second penalty kick go wide.
They continued to camp in the KCB’s zone but could not get points on board. They were immediately punished after KCB returned to their zone.
Oliver Mang’eni and Andrew Amonde linked up to feed Ojee who raced on for his second try that Mukidza easily slotted in for a 14-0.
KCB kept Oilers at bay for a 14-0 lead at halftime. On return from the break, Mukidza added a three-pointer for a 17-0 scoreline. Oilers pulled back with a converted try for a 17-7 scoreline.
Ojee returned to the scoresheet for the third time to bag his hattrick that saw his side lead 22-7.
Exchange of penalties for both sides saw the scores change to 25-10. Mukidza added another penalty before Michael Wanjala who came off the bench picked the ball from the back of the scrum and paced past his markers to hand his side a 35-10 lead after Shaban Ahmed’s conversion.
Oilers got a converted try in the dying minutes of the clash as KCB proceeded to the final.
KCB Rugby: 1. Oscar Simiyu 2. Griffin Musila 3. Patrick Ouko 4. Nick Ongeri 5. Oliver Mang’eni 6. Steve Wamai 7. Andrew Amonde 8. Rocky Aguko 9. Samuel Asati 10. Johnstone Olindi 11. Jacob Ojee 12. Levy Amunga 13. Vincent Onyala 14. Isaac Njoroge 15. Darwin Mukidza
Replacements: 16. James Ochieng 17. George Gichure 18. Nelson Nyandat 19. Brian Munyali 20. Felix Ojoo 21. Michael Wanjala 22. Shaban Ahmed 23. Esau Otieno
Menengai Oilers: 1. Dalmus Chituyi 2. Kelvin Mukoyani 3. Francis Atiti 4. Clinton Odhiambo 5. Brian Ndirangu 6. Tyson Maina 7. Chrispine shitundo- cc 8. Samuel Were 9. Amos Onyinkwa 10. Davis Nyaundi 11. Timothy Okwemba 12. Harold Ojango -cc 13. Austin Sikutwa 14. Roy Nandwa 15. Derrick Keyoga
Replacements; Hillary Malweyi 17. Edward Mwaura 18. Steve Ochieng 19. Andrew Wangila 20. Edwin Abungan 21. Andrew Odero 22. Geoffrey Ominde 23. Beldad Ogeta