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Top Fry Nakuru RFC win Enterprise Cup

07 April 2014, 12:40

Nairobi - It was a match befitting a cup final, and indeed it lived up to its billing as Top Fry Nakuru edged KCB 18-13 to lift their sixth Enterprise Cup title, incidentally coming six years after their last triumph.

The Wanyore started the match with zeal, putting KCB the backfoot and went 3-0 up after just two minutes of play courtesy of Martin Muita's successful goal attempt following a KCB infringement. They would relentlessly pile on the pressure, forcing KCB into another infringement six minutes later but Muita kicked wide from a seemingly straightforward position.

A lapse in concentration proved costly for Nakuru, KCB surging forward with Jacob Ojee racing clear to score the game's opening, the Lions now 5-3 up. This prompted a response from Nakuru who eventually retook the lead courtesy of Nick Lang'o who scored off a rolling maul. 

The match would remain finely poised, the two sides sizing up each like prize fighters and it took a moment of opportunism from KCB fly half Essau Otieno to put his side ahead,capitalizing on Nakuru fullback Calvin Otieno's indecision to gather his own up and under and score as KCB went 10-8 up, a lead they held going into the breather.

The second half witnessed a listless five or six minutes of play before the bankers forced an infringement off the Kenya Cup champions, Peter Mutai duly dispatching the resultant penalty to extend KCB's lead to 13-8. 

Successive yellow cards for Dennis Mukabi and Dwayne Aswani reduced KCB to 13 men as Nakuru hung in there, eventually drawing level when Nick Lang'o landed his brace, once again off a rolling maul, 13-13 the scores at this point. 

This made for an intense final fifteen minutes, the pace of the game exponentially increasing, frenetic the word that best summed up this period of play. Center referee Andrew Karani would call for the final play with KCB in possession but flanker Philip Wamae's decision to take a quick line proved costly as his throw landed in Nakuru possession, eigth man Dallo Chituyi releasing winger Javan Murayi to score the match winner and hand Nakuru their sixth Enterprise Cup.  They had previously lifted the grand old trophy of Kenyan rugby in 1948,1958, 1962,1963 and 2008.

Speaking after the match, Nakuru Head Coach Dominique Habimana said, "It was a true cup final. I am happy that the boys showed a lot of character and kept their nerve to win this."

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