Oilers maintain Kenya Cup lead as Nakuru move out of relegation zone

Menengai Oilers stayed top of the Kenya Cup with a 19-7 win away to the Strathmore Leos at Madaraka on Saturday 22 January 2022.

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Menengai Oilers stayed top of the Kenya Cup with a 19-7 win away to the Strathmore Leos at Madaraka on Saturday 22 January 2022.

Timothy Omela gave the Nakuru based side the lead, drilling home an early penalty for a 3-0 lead before Austin Sikutwa’s unconverted try put them 8-0 up.

The hosts responded through Philemon Olang’s try, Brunson Madigu converting to bring them to within a point of the Oilers, the scoreboard reading 8-7.

Omela then touched down on the stroke of half time to see the Oilers lead 13-7 before two second half penalties from Geoffrey Ominde secured the result for the Oilers.

Champions KCB were too strong for Masinde Muliro, defeating them 41-10 at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka.  The students from Kakamega put up a fight though, restricting KCB in the opening quarter hour before Jacob Ojee went over with Darwin Mukidza converting for a 7-0 lead.

Bob Muhati then skipped past three Masinde Muliro defenders to touch down, Mukidza sure with the conversion as KCB led this physical encounter 14-0.

Unconverted tries from Wilfred Waswa and Mike Kimwele gave the bankers a 24-0 lead at the interval.

Muhati landed his brace immediately after the restart before George Asin went over for KCB’s sixth try, the score board reading 34-0 with fifteen minutes still to play.

Brian Wahinya, on as a second half replacement for Samuel Asati lasted barely five minutes on the pitch, forced out for the game through a concussion, forcing Mike Kimwele to shift to scrum half as Isaac Njoroge came off the bench to slot in at the wing.

Kimwele would limp off moments later as Smith Muhoya moved to scrum half, with Darwin Mukidza slotting into Muhoya’s fly half role as Essau Otieno replaced twin brother Elphas Adunga in midfield.

Masinde Muliro, despite the massive deficit, were full of heart and got their first points of the afternoon through Eric Cantona’s penalty.

KCB landed their seventh try when Muhoya played in Oscar Simiyu who barged over the whitewash with Mukidza converting for a 41-3 score.

Cantona would then pounce on a loose ball that wrong footed Njoroge, scoring and converting at the death.

Topfry Nakuru registered their first win of the season, defeating Resolution Impala Saracens 29-27 at the Nakuru Athletic Club. The result saw Nakuru move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season while Impala remained second from bottom.

Record Kenyan champions Nondescripts slipped to the bottom of the table after a 20-10 defeat away to Blak Blad at the Kenyatta University.

Other matches saw Mwamba defeat Homeboyz 25-7 at the Jamhuri Park while Kabras Sugar were 31-6 winners over Kenya Harlequin in Kakamega.

Collated Results

Strathmore Leos 7 Menengai Oilers 19

KCB 41 Masinde Muliro 10

Blak Blad 20 Nondescripts 10

Homeboyz 7 Mwamba 25

Topfry Nakuru 29 Resolution Impala Saracens 27

Kabras Sugar 31 Kenya Harlequin 6


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Publish date : 2022-01-23 09:32:50

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