Impala Saracens thrash Blak Blad to maintain five- point lead

Leos move to semi-finals bracket after win against Homeboys.

Monday February 29 2016

Homeboyz' Steve Otieno (left) is tackled by Strathmore University's Ted Dondi during their Kenya Cup match played on February 27, 2016 at Impala Club. Strathmore won 26-25. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Homeboyz' Steve Otieno (left) is tackled by Strathmore University's Ted Dondi during their Kenya Cup match played on February 27, 2016 at Impala Club. Strathmore won 26-25. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Strathmore Leos handed Homeboyz their third consecutive defeat in 10 days with a 26-25 defeat at Impala Sports Club on Saturday. The win propelled Leos one place to fourth position which guaranteed the a place in the Kenya Cup semi-finals play-off bracket.

There was no change in the top three places. Impala Saracens maintained their five points lead after scoring 13 tries to humiliate visiting Blak Blad of Kenyatta University 81-0 also at the same venue.

Champions KCB and Kenya Harlequin stayed second and third on the log with emphatic 36-8 and 45-12 victories over hosts Western Bulls and Mean Machine, respectively. Leos secured a bonus point victory when they touched down four times against the Dee Jays’ three to improve their points haul to 47.

Leos continued their dominance over Homeboyz, whom they had beaten 11-10 on February 17 at Madaraka.

The previous Saturday, Mwamba edge out Homeboyz 13-11.

Homeboyz, who went into the game against Leos without five key players, dropped to seventh position with 44 points from the fourth place in the standings.

The Dee Jays still got their third consecutive bonus point for losing with less than seven points. Eighth-man Duncan Ekasi, scrum-half Mohammed Omollo and winger Ian Minjire scored a brace of tries each as Impala triumphed to improve their tally to 56 points, five better than KCB and Quins, who have 51 apiece after their bonus point victories.

BETTER AGGREGATE

However, the bankers are second because of better aggregate.

Nakuru and Mwamba, who won their matches with bonus points, moved one place to fifth and sixth, respectively, albeit with 46 points each.

“Wanyore” managed the highest score of the weekend when they crushed Bungoma Sharks 110-15 at their Bungoma High School backyard while Mwamba downed Thika 31-8 at Thika Stadium.

Kabras Sugar who mauled hosts Nondescripts 47-8 at the Jamhuri Park Showground remained eighth but bettered their tally to 44 points. Nondies and Western Bulls stayed eighth and ninth with 24 and 20 points, respectively.

“We had a good start, a steady cruise but a nervous finish. We are happy with the bonus point,” said Strathmore coach Mitch Ocholla.

Homeboyz missed the services of eighth man Joshua Chisanga who is in United Kingdom for trials with English Premier League side Newcastle Falcons.

Backs Oscar Ayodi, Augustine Lugonzo and Leonard Mugaisi are with the Kenya Sevens team that was due to fly out yesterday for Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens. Bush Mwale is injured.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with poor decisions in scrum-half and fly-half positions,” said Homeboyz deputy coach Simon Odongo.