Hosts Nakuru rfc and Kenya Harlequins became the first teams to qualify into main Cup quarter final in opening day of third leg of national Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) circuit in Prinsloo, Nakuru.
The Nakuru Athletics Club showdown was not good for series leaders and Kabeberi finalists Menengai Oilers fail to dominate in the meeting, before Prinsloo defending champions thrashed Mombasa RFC 38-0 in the highly scoring opportunities.
Playing on home ground, Nakuru opened the field with a win against Kabeberi sevens champions Impala Saracens 14-10 before beating Nondescripts by the similar margin.
Kenyan international Oscar Oyoo anchored his Nakuru side in pool A matches to secure the best eight to be played on Sunday morning.
In another pool A match, Nondis registered mixed results. The won the first match against Blak Blad 22-05 before losing the second to hosts. Blad on their side lost all its opening pool matches.
Nondis capitalized on a sin bin to Blad’s Charles Kanyi to make two successful tries in the first half for 14-0. In the last half, Blad’s Simon Ngugi was was sent to the stands as Nondis utilized the opportunity to make another try.
Coming to Prinsloo meeting, youthful Menengai Oilers had a 36 point lead but their outing was thwarted with ball handling errors that cost them dearly.
In their opening match pool B match, The Oilers trailed 12-07 to Mwamba before losing the second match. Sam Mungi went past the white wash first and converting his try for Oilers that marked the end of scoring chances for Nakuru based team. They drew 15-15 against Western Bulls in the second match.
Kenya 7s player Frank Wanyama was too instrumental for his Kenya Harlequins side winning all of their two matches.
Wanyama touched the ground two times to earn his side ten points against Western Bulls with Erick Shikuku scoring in between. The Bulls trailed 12-0 at half time but managed 17-05 loss.
In the second match Quins beat Mwamba 33-22 in a physical encounter. Wanyama, Shikuku and Pius Shiundu going past the try line.
Pool C was a free try time as university derby between Strathmore Leos and Mean Machine played to a 22-17 win for the Leos.
Double sin bin to Erick Muthana and John Oduk were too critical for Machine as the Leos took advantage of the six men to make double tties in the opening half by Muthama and one in the last half by Oduk.
Prinsloo defending champions and Driftwood champion Homeboyz made their intentions well known to defend the title following their massive win against Mombasa RFC.
The experienced Homeboyz beat Mombasa based team 38-0 . humprey Mulama, Michael wanjala and Geff Oluoch Okwach were too instrumental for the Deejays. Oluoch made four tries all converted by Wanjala.
It was an easy win for Kabrs Sugar in pool D match after beating Catholic Monks 34-05. John Kubo went past the white wash once as Abel Malik crossed the line thrice. In another match Kenya Cpommercial bank beat Mount Kenya University (MKU) Thika Campus 27-05.
When KCB’s Martina Owila was sent for bad foul, MKU took advantage and made a single try.
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