Nakuru RFC retain Kenya Cup Rugby title
18 May 2014, 10:21
Nairobi - Top Fry Nakuru retained the Kenya Cup with a 20-13 win over KCB in a
nail biting final played at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday May 17, 2014.
was a game as close as a final should be, but was also error strewn,
particularly in the first half, when Gibson Weru's punt at kick off
failed the requisite 10 meters, Center Referee Bosco Muamba calling for
the game's first scrum down.
Both teams took time to disengage from gear one, probably gauging each
other, waiting for the opportune time to get into rhythm. Javan Murayi
would miss a goal attempt for Nakuru following a KCB infringement. KCB
would draw first blood when Darwin Mukidza slotted home a penalty after
This seemeed to sting Nakuru into life as they at KCB hammer and tongs,
Murayi restoring parity with a penalty on 25 minutes, 3-3 the score.
Matters would remain close, but one man was growing his influence on the game, Nakuru number eight Martin Owila.
game's turning point being KCB flanker Brian Sagara's yellow card on
the stroke of half time for a no arms charge on Murayi, an act illegal
in the books of Muamba and the laws of the game, act punishable by a ten
minute stint in the sin bin courtesy of a yellow card.
Sagara's absence saw Nakuru capitalize, significantly heavier in the
forwards, Isaiah Nyariki barging over as Nakuru took an 8-3 lead into
The opening acts of the second half were totally different from the
those of the first half, and why not? Scores on the board, titles to win
or retain, so much to play, end result, urgency.
Nakuru had KCB on the ropes, but with KCB's first foray into Nakuru
territory which coincided with Sagara's return from an enforced sin bin
exile, Ken Moseti spotted a gap, beat the Nakuru gain-line, playing in
Mukidza who scored and converted for a 10-8 lead on 52 minutes.
The game would continue to open up, the honour of being crowned Kenyan
champions the motivating factor. Owila, later voted man of the match,
posed KCB problems with his breaks off the base and would cap his
fantastic display with a try, Murayi converting for a 15-10 lead on 60
A Nakuru infringement saw Mukidza score his second penalty, putting KCB
to within two points of Nakuru, the scores 15-13 after 64 minutes but
Peter Karia's indecision at dealing with Kelvin Omiyo's grubber saw
Edwin Okemwa put the champions 20-13 up when he touched down on 65
Dominique Habimana's Wanyore continued to boss the breakdown, and
contact areas, as they frustrated a game chasing KCB, hanging on for the
Speaking after the game, Habimana said, " I salute the team's effort,
they operated as one. The forwards dominated, setting up platforms for
us to score. This was a vintage game of rugby from both sides."
Earlier, KCB II defeated Nakuru II 21-10 in extra time to reclaim the
Eric Shirley Shield title, their fourth title after wins in 2004, 2006
Kenya Cup Final:
Top Fry Nakuru 20 KCB 10
Eric Shirley Shield:
KCB II 21 Nakuru II 10
Man of the match - Kenya Cup - Martin Owila - Top Fry Nakuru
Man of the match - Eric Shirley Shield - Marlin Mukolwe - KCB II
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