KCB AND NAKURU MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RUN
 
July 7, 2009
 
Kenya Commercial Bank maintained their lead at the top of the Kenya Cup rugby league following a convincing 57-12 win against an under-strength Nondescripts RUFC at the weekend.
 
The fourth win also came with a bonus point! Nakuru, the only other unbeaten side eases to the second position dislodging Impala RFC who were narrowly beaten 18-15 by Mwamba last Friday in a match, which also doubled up as the Resolution Cup Challenge. Nakuru survived a late rally to beat Strathmore University 31-23 at Impala Club.
 
A national team assignment in Morocco denied some of the top clubs key players for the Saturday matches. Hardest hit was Kenya Harlequin who contributed seven players for the national 15’s team. They however dug deep into their reserves to bounce back and beat Mean Machine 33-12 at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground.
 
Amos Agiro scored two tries while Lewis Olaka, Jeff Ojwach, Patrick Onyango and George Karanu added one each. Jude Thumbi slotted one conversion. Mean Machine replied with a try each by Ian Were and Kelvin Mungai who also converted his try.
 
At the Jamhuri Showground, visiting KCB scored seven tries against hosts Nondies. Kelvin Kimutai, Dedan Omondi, Jotham Yahuma, Jeremy Njoroge, Edwin Kiprono, Kennedy Isindu and Brian Omondi scored one try each. Bobby Oyugi replied with two tries for Nondies.
 
But, the current buzz is an experimental night match, which was hosted by Impala last Friday, which broke new grounds. H2O Mwamba narrowly won the match 18-15 and the feeling is that such initiative should be supported.
 
In the Eric Shirley Shield, Mombasa Sports Club which is coached by former Kenya winger and captain Oscar Osir tasted their first defeat losing 13-15 to Strathmore University II at Impala Club. Tony Mutai who has been out of action returned to captain the second team to a big 41-3 win over Mean Machine II at the RFUEA ground. They led 17-0 at half time.
 
Mutai and Dennis Muhanji scored two tries each with Kevin Kivuvani and Moses Ochieng added one each. John Khakame slotted four conversions and Kabau Muruatetu drilled over a drop goal. Jerry Waiyaki kicked over the lone penalty for Mean Machine II.
 
Nondies II conceded five tries against KCB II at the Jamhuri Showground. They lost 5-29 to the bankers who matched the performance of their Kenya Cup team by winning their fourth match. Sebastian Shiboka scored a hattrick with Dan Turungi and Peter Kinuthia adding one each. Daniel Ndima and Wesley Obwoge added one try each. James Yuko scored the consolation try for Nondies II.
 
Saturday fixtures
Kenya Cup: Quins v Nakuru (RFUEA ground), KCB v Impala (Ruaraka), Mean Machine v Nondies (UoN ground), Mwamba v Strathmore University (Nairobi Railway Club).
 
Eric Shirley Shield
Quins II v Mombasa Sports Club (RFUEA ground), KCB II v Impala II (Impala Club), Mean Machine II v Nondies II (UoN ground), Mwamba II v Strathmore University II (Nairobi Railway Club), Nakuru RFC II v Kenya Methodist University (NaC), USIU-A v Daystar University (USIU-A), West Kenya v Africa Nazarene University (Kakamega), JKUAT v Kisumu (Juja).
 
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