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Powerful Kabras Sugar wipe away Impala to lift Enterprise Cup

KABRAS Sugar beat Impala 37-7 on Saturday at the Rugby Union of East Africa (RFUEA) ground to lift the Enterprise Cup knock-out tournament trophy for the first time. It was a quick recovery for Kabras who last week lost the Kenya Cup league final to Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) after going down 15-23 at the Showground in Kakamega County.

This time the semi-professional Kabras team were ruthless against a hapless Impala. Kabras were tactically dominant and showed too many players skillfully outdoing Impala. On the same ground, Kabras’ 2nd XV won the second-tier knock-out competition — the Mwamba Cup – overpowering Strathmore University II 40-27.

After coming close before, Kabras Sugar finally lift their first Enterprise Cup at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa on Saturday

After coming close before, Kabras Sugar finally lift their first Enterprise Cup at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa on Saturday

In the Enterprise Cup, winger Paul Abuto, fly-half Philip Wokorach and second rowers Brian Juma and Hillary Odhiambo landed a try each for Kabras who added more points when South African referee Paul Mente awarded them a penalty try. Fullback Jone Kubu made two conversions while man-of-the-match Wokorach converted once, kicked over drop goal and a penalty.

A try inside five minutes by Abuto, converted by Wokorach, had Kabras 7-0 up. Just half way through the first half, Kabras doubled the scores via a diving try at the corner by Wokorach. The Ugandan star picked the ball from deep and “dummied” not one, but two Impala forwards, and on acceleration left another red shirt beaten with a cheeky side-step before he flew over for a sliding try. At the half hour mark Kabras were 21-0 up after being awarded a penalty try.

A penalty by Kubu on 50 minutes had Kabras up 24-0 up and four minutes later it was 31-0 after Odhiambo raced down the middle all the way under the posts after a steal for a breakaway try. It was booted in by Wokorach.

At the hour mark Impala got their consolation points after replacement Daniel Ndome went over after a spirited forward movement. Full back Anthony Odhiambo booted in the extras. A drop goal and penalty from Wokorach in the final six minutes ended the contest at 37-7.

This time there was nothing to stop coach Henley Du Plessis (left) and his men

This time there was nothing to stop coach Henley Du Plessis (left) and his men

What they said:

Henley Du Plessis (head coach Kabras Sugar):

“It was all about the mental strength after we lost the Kenya Cup final to Kenya Commercial Bank last weekend. They [Impala] came running at us but we were technically superior.

“This is a good consolation and a big boost this year. We shall decide the changes we want to make later but will definitely need to recruit a fly-half and a few forwards for the new season.

Max Adaka (Kabras Sugar captain):

“Reaching the Kenya Cup final for the fifth consecutive time and winning the Enterprise Cup for the first time is no mean achievement. We shall sweep all the titles come next season.”

Frank Ndong’ (Impala head coach):

“It has been a difficult season for us after we had poor pre-season preparations. We shall need to fix that before the new season.”

TEAMS

IMPALA – 15 Anthony Odhiambo; 14 Quinto Ongo, 13 Bill Omondi, 12 Ishmael Mokaya, 11 Steve Keter; 10 Nato Simiyu, 9 Samson Onsomu (C); 1 Steve Juma, 2 Edgar Obino, 3 Saul Kivumbi; 4 Davis Makori, 5 Shem Joseph; 6 Tyson Okoth, 7 Elkeans Musonye, 8 Paul Mutsami

Reserves – 16 Daniel Ndome, 17 Soita Wekesa, 18 Edwin Gatungo, 19 Eric Kopondo, 20 Xavier Bett, 21 Hannington Mmbaka, 22 David Moenga, 23 Kelvin Ronnoh

Coach: Frank Ndong’ (Kenya)

KABRAS SUGAR – 15 Jone Kubu; 14 Paul Abuto, 13. Mario Wilson, 12 Nick Baraza, 11. Kevin Onyango; 10 Philip Wokorach, 9 Barry Robinson; 1 Hillary Mwanjilwa, 2 Max Adaka (Captain), 3. Joseph Odero; 4 Brain Juma, 5 Hillary Odhiambo; 6 Kevin Kabole, 7 Charlton Mokua, 8 Claude Johannes

Reserves – 16 Eugene Sifuna, 17 Asuman Mugerwa, 18 Ephraim Oduor, 19 Steve Oluoch, 20 George Nyambua, 21 Dan Angwech, 22 Johnstone Mung’au, 23 Andrew Gathua

Coach: Henley Du Plessis (South Africa)

Enterprise Cup roll of honour

2010 – (No competition)

2011 – Kenya Harlequins

2012 – Kenya Commercial Bank

2013 – Mwamba

2014 – Nakuru

2015 – Kenya Commercial Bank

2016 – Kenya Commercial Bank

2017 –  Kenya Commercial Bank

2018 –  Homeboyz

2019 – Kabras Sugar

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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