Lyle Asiligwa’s last gasp conversion was the difference as Kenya Harlequin pulled off a famous 19-17 win over fancied Kabras Sugar at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday 28 November 2015.
Kabras started quicker off the blocks, asking plenty of Quins in the opening ten minutes but were unable to make anything meaningful of their possession and territory. Quins began to plough their way back into the fixture and thought they had gone ahead when Johnstone Mung’au went over but Felix Ayange’s final delivery was judged to have travelled forward.
The hosts would eventually go ahead when Tony Mutai scored off a rolling maul, Asiligwa missing the conversion.They would extend their lead when Patrice Agunda reacted quickest to a loose ball after Kabras’ center Nick Barasa’s wayward pass in the Kabras 22, Asiligwa converting for a 12-0 score before Kabras number eight Ronald Musajja set up Max Adaka to score, Jone Kubu converting for a 12-7 half time score.
Kabras made a spritely start to the second half, keeping it tight, patiently working the ball with their phase play. They however failed to make use of the extra man when Quins prop Ayub Kimutai was sin binned for a professional foul.
Kevin Keegan’s kept Quins alive as he constantly Kabras wing Sevi Racigi under pressure with his territorial kicking.
Quins were soon back to their full 15 man compliment but that mattered little because they eventually fell behind through Levy Ochieng’s try and Kubu’s conversion that saw Kabras go 14-12 up.
A Kubu drop goal further extended Kabras’ lead to 17-12 and when Quins back row David Mogere was sin binned, it was advantage Kabras but they simply failed to kill off the game, instead ceding possession and ground, Quins going over from the rolling maul courtesy of Mutai, Asiligwa’s conversion coming hot on the heels of Kubu’s red card handing Quins the narrowest of escapes as they maintained their perfect start to the new season.