Mwamba RFC continued their incredible run with a 10-5 hard fought win over Strathmore Leos in a Kenya Cup match played at Nairobi Railway Club on Saturday 9 April 2016.
The early proceedings of the match was a cagey affair as both teams tested each other but none was opening up yet. Mwamba had an enterprising run into the Leos danger area but were quickly repulsed. The visitors foray into Mwamba half ended with a knock-on and a scrum down.
The match needed a moment of brilliance to open it up. And that moment came from a familiar script. Mwamba RFC pushed into Leos territory and set up a platform to launch another attack. Scrumhalf Kevin Atandi got the ball from the well-secured ruck and swung it into the waiting hands of Lavin Asego. Lavin then had an inch perfect cross kick into the waiting hands of Joe Otieno who out-jumped his marker to plant the ball at the corner post. Mwamba were ahead 5-0.
Soon after the heavens opened and the rest of the half was characterized by both teams trying to punt the ball into each other’s territory. Mwamba took the 5-0 lead into the break.
On resumption, Leos played the game with intent and were rewarded when marauding back-row Tony Owuor darted down the flank to land the equalizing try. They missed the kick and the score remained 5-5.
The match descended into an evenly matched sparring contest as both teams made unsuccessful frequent visits to each other’s danger zones.
With 13 minutes to play, Lavin kicked into touch five metres from Leos try-line. Mwamba won the line-out and started a series of pick and drives towards the goal line. Ken Handa, last week’s hero, then picked the ball, spun around his tackler to land at the feet of match referee André Karani in the try box. The kick was missed for a 10-5 score line.
With two minutes to go, Leos speedster Churchill Ooko would beat his marker and sprint 55 metres before being tackled by Anthony Mbugua and spilling the ball. The resulting scrum was turned over by Leos but a series of infringement meant that two Kulabu players were sent to the bin.
After Ken Handa and Eugene Sudi were binned, the scrum was uncontested with Leos putting in. But Alex Olaba was caught in possession and ball turned over. Lavin kicking it out for a 10-5 full time score.
Mwamba are still placed eighth with 59 points three behind Strath Leos and Nakuru with one game remaining.