Top guns KCB, Kabras qualify for Kenya Cup finals for sixth consecutive time
Top Kenya cup teams Kabras Sugar RFC and KCB RFC sailed through to the Cup final after recording convincing wins against Strathmore Leos and Menengai Oilers respectively.
Kenyan sevens speedy winger Jacob Ojee crossed over the whitewash three times as defending champions KCB defeated Menengai Oilers 35-17 in a Kenya Cup semi-final match played at KCB Sports Club.
The defending champions are set to play against close rivals Kabras once again in the 2021 Kenya Cup final. This being banker's fourth consecutive final appearance since 2016.
Well-organised and oiled Menengai Oilers ruined their chance to take an early lead, with Austin Sikutwa’s penalty flying wide after KCB were penalised for an offside.
The hosts would break the deadlock with quick hands among the- bankers backs feeding unmarked Jacob Ojee who easily beat his markers to score the opening try of the match at the right corner of the field.
Kenyan international Darwin Mukidza curved in a conversion from the left side for a 7-0 lead, with Oilers launching a fierce hunt for the opening points, but Sikutwa’s second penalty kick go wide.
Oilers camped in the KCB’s territory but were unable to register on board and would immediately be punished.
The experienced duo of Oliver Mang’eni and Andrew Amonde would link up to offload the egg shaped ball to a charging Ojee who would sprint for his second try with Mukidza easily slotting in for a 14-0.
KCB kept Oilers at bay for a 14-0 lead at halftime. On return from the break, Mukidza added a three-pointer for a 17-0 score line.
Oilers pulled back with a converted try for a 17-7 score line, with Ojee on the scoresheet for the third time to bag his hat trick that saw his side lead 22-7.
However, a series of penalties would lead to a 25-10 scoreline, with Mukidza adding the much-needed penalty,
Michael Wanjala would come off the bench to dance his way through his markers, handing his side a convincingly 35-10 lead after Shaban Ahmed’s converted the extras.
In another playoff fixture Derrick Ashihundu bagged a hat-trick as Kakamega based Kabras RFC beat Strathmore Leos 39-19 in a Kenya Cup semi-final match staged at Nandi Bears Club.
The win sees Kabras qualify for the sixth consecutive Kenya Cup final ever since their promotion and they will be up against rivals KCB Rugby in a mouth watering final.