Menengai Cream Homeboyz started their Kenya Cup campaign with a 41-39 win over SportPesa Quins in a high scoring, end to end encounter at the RFUEA Ground on Tuesday morning. This match was rescheduled from Saturday 25 November.
After the obligatory minute’s silence in honor of their departed players, Peter Wekesa (Homeboyz) and George Gachui (Quins), center referee Constant Cap got the game underway at 11.03am EAT.
Homeboyz withstood early pressure from Quins, Mohamed Omolo drilling home a seventh minute penalty for the 3-0 lead. Omollo added an unconverted try four minutes later to go 8-0 up before Quins, attacking from the restart, then scored an unconverted try through David Ahawo to cut the deficit to 8-5.
The game had at this point sparked into life, both sides giving as good as they got, the deejays drawing a penalty from a Quins infringement, Omollo’s nineteenth minute penalty seeing them go 11-5 up.
Quins came back, first through Kevin Njugi’s twenty third minute penalty to make it 11-8 before going ahead when Njugi converted Erick Shikuku’s try after Patrice Agunda’s hard work to make it 15-11 with nine of the first half still to play.
The scores were still changing hands, Mike Wanjala slicing through the Quins defence to score under the posts, Omollo converting for 18-15 before drilling home a penalty to give them a 21-15 lead at the interval.
The second half began with the same gutso as the first, Quins showing their intent early on,Peter Misango going over the whitewash, Njugi converting for 22-21 but Homeboyz response minutes later was exciting as it was electric. Israel Soi, receiving the ball deep in his half, raced forty or so meters upfield with ball in hand, turned Shikuku inside out before offloading to Cyprian Kuto to score the easiest of tries.
The celebrations were hardly over when Tony Mutai barged over, Njugi’s conversion seeing Quins go 29-26 up at the fiftieth minute mark.
It remained topsy turvy, the game as open as ever, Homeboyz turning defense into attack, Omollo kicking over the on rushing Quins defense before converting Kuto’s brace, 33-29 to the deejays after fifty four minutes of play.
Misango’s try off the rolling maul with seventeen minutes to play put Quins 34-33 up but the deejays were not letting go, Soi claiming Harun Lubisia’s cross kick, setting up a platform for Homeboyz to attack, Nelson Sangura with the five pointer at the corner to make it 38-34 with thirteen minutes to play.
The game remained exciting, worth the Tuesday morning sacrifice. Lubisia would drill home a massive penalty with eight to play, Homeboyz going 41-34 up.
Quins elected to go for touch off a penalty and with precious little left on the clock, sought to land points on the board, which they did. Malcolm Onsando scored off the rolling maul, Njugi missing the game-levelling conversion, Constant Cap calling for full time, Homeboyz claiming the 41-39 result.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz
15. Sangura, 14. Shikoli, 13. Soi, 12.Kang’eri, 11. Kuto, 10. Wanjala, 9.Omollo, 1. Okidia, 2. Khalechi, 3. Ouko, 4. Owaa, 5.Wesonga, 6. Wasike, 7. Chituyi, 8. Otieno REPLACEMENTS 16. Kathurima, 17. Matanda, 18. Etemesi, 19. Ochoro, 20. Isogol, 21. Lubisia, 22. Ochami, 23. Mugaisi
15. Shikuku, 14. Lunani, 13. Theuri, 12. Agunda, 11. Muhanji, 10. Adimo, 9. Njugi,1. Obwaya, 2. Oseko, 3. Okwara, 4. Mutai, 5. Olaka, 6.Shitanda, 7. Misango, 8. Ahawo REPLACEMENTS 16. Kalwale, 17. Mugambi, 18. Kioko, 19. Onsando, 20. Musajja, 21. Kimweli, 22. Beckham, 23. Malaba