Mwamba RFC’s pack rose to the occasion in a perfect way as they beat Kenya Harlequin FC 15-7 at the Nairobi Railway Club on Saturday afternoon.
Starting the match as underdogs, Mwamba maintained their discipline at the breakdown and had the better of their high-ranked opponent at the set-pieces.
“The forwards have won it for us today,” Kevin Wambua, Mwamba’s head coach said after the win. “We annihilated Quins’ attacks, destroyed all their scrums and won the line-out.”
Wambua says it was timely reward for the effort they put in over the week after losing to Homeboyz last weekend. “On Tuesday, we had an intensive session with the forwards to preview the mistakes they did against Homeboyz. They promised to rectify and they have delivered today.”
The win will help instill confidence into Mwamba’s playing unit as they push for a playoffs place. “We want to remain positive after this win. We are playing Impala next weekend and I know we have the momentum to face them,” Wambua added.
Mwamba showed clear their intentions in the match right from kickoff. As a signal they were out for the win by all means possible, Kulabu went for any available points from kickable situations whenever awarded a penalty.
In the second minute, they touched down the opening try. George Mutuku’s kick deep into Quins’ territory was too much for winger Pius Shiundu to handle. He fumbled and Marvin Odhiambo piled pressure on him before winning the loose ball.
He dashed to the tryline but was tackled before crossing over. Anthony Mbugua picked up to score with Mutuku converting for 7-0.
Odhiambo came out of the tackle with a knock on his knee and was replaced by Billy Odhiambo. Mutuku then kicked over a penalty in the 10th minute for 10-0 before missing another attempt in the 25th.
Quins punished Mwamba
Ten minutes afterwards, Quins punished Mwamba from their own mistake to touch down. It was Isaac Adimo who kicked from the ground after a Mwamba player miscued a pass. Frank Wanyama chased, got the ball but was tackled at the tryline.
Lyle Asiligwa collected the ball from the ruck to Patrice Agunda who scored the try. Kevin Keegan converted for 10-7 to Mwamba. Mutuku missed a penalty kick at the stroke of halftime in another wasted opportunity for Kulabu to extend their lead.
Six minutes into the second half, Billy Odhiambo scored his debut try for Mwamba. He finished off at the left corner after a nearly botched phase-play from a lineout on the right end.
Mwamba’s defense remained in the entire of the second half in the face of endless pressure from Quins.
In a separate match, Impala RFC had a lucky escape in Kakamega after struggling to beat Western Bulls 17-15. Even with the loss, the bonus point earned will be very critical for Western Bulls in the fight against relegation.
Mean Machine, Blak Blad and Strathmore University gained nothing from their matches. Strathmore lost 15-50 to KCB with Davies Chenge scoring twice and once each from Rocky Aguko, Felix Ojow, Francis Mwita, Shaban Ahmed, Ian Indimuli and Brian Omondi while Mean Machine surrendered 38-0 to Homeboyz RFC.
Steve Otieno scored two tries for Homeboyz with Philip Ikambili, Alvin Otieno, Leonard Mugaisi and Tony Onyango touching down once each.
Kabras Sugar beat Blak Blad 42-14 as Nakuru RFC won 20-12 over Nondescripts RUFC. After the weekend results, KCB has gone five points clear at the top of the log with 50 points while Quins remain second on 45 and Kabras are third with 40.
Results: Mwamba 15 Quins 7, Impala 17 Western Bulls 15, KCB 50 Strathmore University 15, Kabras Sugar 42 Blak Blad 14, Nakuru 20 Nondies 12, Homeboyz 38 Mean Machine 0.
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