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Homeboyz show rivals no mercy to set up quarter-final date with Nondies

By Alex Njue
Monday, February 10th, 2020
Kenya Harlequin fullback Dominic Osino with a try saving tackle to deny Homeboyz centre a hat-trick in the round of 16 Enterprise Cup clash at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Kenya Harlequin head coach Dominique Habimana took lessons off a 39-13 Enterprise Cup pre-quarterfinal loss to Homeboyz in a Ngong Road derby which he will use to polish up his side for this weekend’s away Kenya Cup highlight match against Western Bulls in Kakamega. 

Harlequins came into the match, having lost three straight Kenya Cup fixtures to bigwigs Kabras, Homeboyz and KCB where the side managed a penalty in each, the most upsetting was the 48-3 loss to the Deejayz.

Against Homeboyz, they kicked off on a different direction as the home side put in different start gear to draw first blood through second rower Elisha Koronya for Mike Ochieng to convert for a 7-0 lead.

Homeboyz levelled through inside centre Bob Muhati, who was having an easy time at the RFUEA grounds, to deliver two tries and almost made it a hart-trick by half-time but succumbed to a desperate ankle tap by fullback Dominic Osino that forced a ball drop just before the try line.

Michael Wanjala then slotted in a conversion and a penalty to go 20-7 at half-time.

The Deejayz would further leap forward to score 19 more through Leonard Mugaisi and another brace by substitute Joshua Chisanga followed by a conversion from substitute Evin Asena to earn a 39-13 revenge.  

“We visited their 22 so many times but we did not come out with enough points. We were better committed on the start and we will work on not giving away the ball, improve on finishing and most importantly convert the pressure into points,” Habimana told the People Sport.

Homeboyz will now face Nondescripts on March 7 in a second straight Ngong Road derby while defending champions Kabras host Mwamba in Kakamega whereas Impala and KCB host Nakuru and Blak Blad respectively.

Kabras thrashed Oilers 49-19 to kick off their title defence to be paired with Mwamba in the first quarter after ‘Kulabu’ got  a walkover after Daystar Falcons failed to show up.

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