A resilient, hard-fighting and focused Strathmore University delivered home their fifth Top Fry Great Rift 10’s title on Sunday after beating Kabras Sugar 10-0 in the final at the Nakuru ASK Showground.
They went unbeaten and never conceded a try. The tournament’s most valuable player Tony Owuor did all the damage scoring two unconverted tries. The first was in first half when he intercepted the ball from a Kabras lineout as they were forming up to attack.
He sprinted all the way to touch down and completed his brace in second half. But it was the good showing by a youthful Kabras that stood out. They were ranked outsiders going to the tournament but shocked many after topping their pool. They went on to eliminate Kenya Harlequin FC in the semifinals.
After the win, Strathmore head coach Mitch Ocholla said; “We are happy to have come tops. It’s the joy of every team to win because we all came here to compete.” Vincent Opala of KCB was voted the top try and points scorer.
The third-place playoff between Top Fry Nakuru and Quins was not played.
Strathmore University knocked out hosts Top Fry Nakuru from contention for the main title.
The students won the high-tempered semifinal clash 10-0. Nakuru lost the match despite enjoying a numerical advantage in three different instances.
In first half, Elton Isiaho and Humphrey Owuor were sent to the sin bin while Tony Owuor was sent out in second half. Yet, Nakuru could not use this advantage as Strathmore remained tight at the back.
Late in the first half, Strathmore took a quick penalty inside Nakuru’s 22 and Michael Wanjala offloaded to Ginton Adongo who touched down at the right corner. John Oduk nailed Nakuru’s fate minutes to fulltime with a late try after Strathmore won a lineout.
In the other semi-final, Kabras Sugar edged out Kenya Harlequin 8-5. Kabras had a lineout and Jaspher Ochieng picked up the ball to kick forward. Derrick Obiero chased to gather and touch down for 5-0 lead at halftime. Quins chased the game in second half but in vain.
Obiero appeared to have sealed the win for Kabras with a penalty but Stanley Lunani pulled back a try for Quins. Kabras held on to win and remain in contention for a maiden title.
In the play off,
KCB, last year’s finalists took the Plate by beating Impala 19-5.
In semifinals, KCB beat Homeboyz 7-0 while Impala beat Technical University of Kenya 26-12.
Catholic University beat Mean Machine 8-3 in sudden death to clinch the Bowl. In the semi-final, Mean Machine beat Egerton University 22-0 while Catholic University narrowly beat USIU-A 7-5.
KCA-U overran Brumbies 24-0 in the Shield final. KCA-U landed in the final after being awarded a walkover against Eldoret RFC while Brumbies beat JKUAT 15-0 in the other semifinal.
Day two results
Cup quarters: Quins 12 Impala 0, Kabras 12 TUK 7, Strathmore 12 Homeboyz 0, KCB 7 Nakuru 10; Semi finals: Quins 5 Kabras 8, Strathmore 10 Nakuru 0; Final: Strathmore 10 Kabras 0.
Play-off: Quins v Nakuru.
Plate semis: Impala 26 TUK 12, Homeboyz 0 KCB 7; Final: Impala 5 KCB 19.
Bowl quarters: Brumbies 5 Egerton University 10, Mean Machine 26 JKUAT 0, KCA-U 10 USIU-A 15, Catholic University 20 Eldoret 0; Semi-finals: Egerton University 0 Mean Machine 22, USIU-A 5 Catholic University 7; Final: Mean Machine 5 Catholic University 8.
Shield Semi-finals: Brumbies 15 JKUAT 0, KCA-U w/o Eldoret; Final: Brumbies 0 KCA-U 24.
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