Nakuru dominate Harlequins

Nakuru crushed Kenya Harlequins 40-14 in a Kenya Cup match on Saturday.

Sunday February 21 2016

Mwamba's Brad Owako (centre) avoids a tackle from Homeboyz Leonard Mugaisi on February 20, 2016 during a Kenya Cup rugby match played at Railways Club. Mwamba won 13-11. Thika finally claimed their first win of the season, handing fellow debutantes Bungoma Sharks a 27-11 loss. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Mwamba's Brad Owako (centre) avoids a tackle from Homeboyz Leonard Mugaisi on February 20, 2016 during a Kenya Cup rugby match played at Railways Club. Mwamba won 13-11. Thika finally claimed their first win of the season, handing fellow debutantes Bungoma Sharks a 27-11 loss. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Former champions Nakuru upheld their dominance over Kenya Harlequins by crushing them 40-14 in a pulsating Kenya Cup match at the Nakuru Athletics Club.

In Nairobi, Impala Saracens hammered Nondescripts 50-9 at the Impala Sports Club to open up a five points gap at the top of the league.

The day also saw champions Kenya Commercial Bank, Mwamba, Strathmore and Kabras Sugar claim crucial victories as the race for semi-final berths hots up.

Thika finally registered their maiden win of the season after they handed fellow debutantes Bungoma Sharks a 27-11 beating in Bungoma.

KCB whitewashed Mean Machine 63-0 in one of the double headers at the Impala Club as Strathmore humbled visiting Western Bulls 25-17 at Madaraka.

Homeboyz suffered their second consecutive defeat in less than four days when they went down 11-13 to Mwamba at Railways Club while Kabras Sugar downed visitors Blak Blad 63-3 at the Kakamega Showground.

PLAY-OFFS BERTH

The bonus point victory saw Kabras enhance their chances of reaching the play-offs.

“We are determined to reach the final again this year and if possible clinch the league title,” said Kabras coach Mike Bishop.

Blak Blad tactician Michael “Tank” Otieno said his side lost to a better outfit.

“Currently we are fighting to finish the league among the top 10 teams,” Otieno said.

Impala have 51 points from 10 wins and two losses and are followed by Quins and KCB who have 46 points each even though the Ngong Road-based side boost of a better points difference.

Quins now have 10 wins and two defeats.

It was an improvement by the bankers who went into the match in fourth place in the league.

Homeboyz, who lost to Strathmore 10-11 dropped one place to fourth with 43 points and are followed by Strathmore with 42. 

Mwamba and Nakuru, who tie on 41 points each, with Kabras coming next with 39 points.

Scrum half Edwin Makori, lock Edwin Makori and winger Cassius Omollo put Top Fry-sponsored Nakuru ahead 19-0.

Kicker Kevin Keegan put over a penalty for Quins as they trailed 3-19 at the break.

Keegan was on the spot with two more penalties for Quins on resumption to reduce the deficit to 9-19 but lock Philip Kwame went for a touchdown to stretch Nakuru’s lead to 24-9.

Winger Frank Wanyama brought Kenya Harlequins into the match with a try for a 14-24 score.

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