NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – In a weekend that saw three hotly contested rugby events held; the Kenya Cup women’s final, Enterprise Cup last 16 and the Championship semi that saw Mean Machine and Catholic Monks promoted back to the Kenya Cup, fans showed up to spice up the games. Here is how the actions went down behind the scenes courtesy of Capital Sport.
Janet Okello, was the heroine of the game as she landed two tries to overturn a 10-3 half time lead to defeat Impala Roans 15-11 and lift the inaugural Women’s Kenya Cup at the Impala Club.
Okello scored the game’s opening try, the conversion sailing wide for a 5-0 score before Anne Koki drilled home a penalty to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Diana Omosso then landed Mwamba’s second try for a 10-3 score at the break.
Another Koki penalty brought the score to 10-6 before Okello landed her second and Mwamba’s third, the scores 15-6.
Impala Roans kept up the pressure, Hesla Khisa going over the chalk for their second try as Mwamba held on to win the title.
Commenting after the game, Impala Roans Head Coach and former Kenya international Mary Ochieng said, “The girls gave it a good fight despite falling short in the set-pieces. They contested the rucks and tries to run the ball but they fell short.”
-Machine, Monks make Kenya Cup return-
Catholic Monks and Mean Machine returned to the Kenya Cup after navigating through tough KRU Championship semifinal fixture.
Monks edged out Shamas Rugby Foundation 9-5 at the RFUEA while Mean Machine, Kenya Cup champions in 1977,1989 and 1990 edged hosts South Coast Pirates 20-14 in Ukunda.
Monks last featured in the Kenya Cup during the 2014/15 season while Machine return for their third stint in the league, the first lasting between 1977 and 2016/2017 before returning for the 2018/19 season.
-Enterprise Cup kick-off on a high-
The Enterprise Cup returned after a two year hiatus with five round of 16 matches taking place on Saturday.
Resolution Impala Saracens produced the biggest result of the round, eliminating Kenya Cup finalists Menengai Oilers 24-17 in a pulsating fixture at the Impala Club.
Across the fence at the RFUEA Ground, Homeboyz defeated hosts Kenya Harlequin 24-19
Over at the Ngong Racecourse, Nondescripts marched on to the last eight with a 36-10 victory over Kakamega’s Western Bulls while KCB were made to fight for the 34-25 victory over the Strathmore Leos at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka.
Defending champions Kabras Sugar, Blak Blad, Top Fry Nakuru, Masinde Muliro and Mwamba also advanced to the last eight after receiving walkovers against their opponents Mean Machine, Mombasa and Kisumu respectively.