Mwamba RFC surge to secure a Kenya Cup play-off berth was temporarily halted after losing 6-34 to Nakuru RFC in a match played at Nakuru Athletics Club on Saturday 5th March 2016.
Nakuru RFC recorded the first points on the board when scrumhalf Geoff Ominde slotted in a penalty. Skipper Lavin Asego cancelled the lead with a successful penalty. Ominde added another penalty before the hosts scored and converted a try for 13-3 lead.
Openside flanker David “Watts” Oluoch who had been a thorn in Nakuru RFC’s defence limped off midway through first half after landing awkwardly while contesting a high ball. He was replaced by Athony Karanja.
A series of forays into the Nakuru RFC’s red zone by the Black shirts saw centre referee Mwangi Karimi penalize the hosts for an infringement at the breakdown. Asego would again stroke over the penalty for 13-6 halftime score.
Nakuru RFC came from the break a rejuvenated side and camped in Kulabu’s half eventually weathering their resistance landing a converted try stretching their lead to 20-6.
Mwamba’s coach Johnny Mbai made a couple of changes, throwing in Mike Shibadu for Eugene Sudi in the frontrow and took off hooker John Mkala for Isaac Okungu. He also introduced Steve Okeyo for Marcus Mureithi in the backline. The changes had immediate impact as Mwamba took the game to the hosts but their resurgence did not result in any points on the board.
With 10 minutes to go, replacement prop Shibadu was sent to the naughty chair for tackling an opponent in an offside position. The hosts duly responded capitalizing on their numerical advantage to run in two more tries to klll off any hopes of a comeback.
Mwamba’s next game is against Kenya Harlequins and must come out with a positive result if they have to continue pushing for a play off spot. Mwamba are placed seventh with 46 points one behind Strathmore Leos and two ahead of Kabras RFC.