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
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