Homeboyz RFC, Impala Saracens, KCB and Strathmore Leos booked their places in the Enterprise Cup semis after posting wins in quarterfinal ties played on Saturday 28 March across two towns.
Homeboyz played their tunes well to depose Champions Nakuru of their 2014 Enterprise Cup after a narrow 11-13 win at the Nakuru Athletics Club (NAC).
The host led 8-6 at the break. Homeboyz scrum half boots secured the six points cutting out Nakuru’s 8-0 lead from Cassius Omolo’s unconverted try and penalty from Martin Muita. Another Muita try in the second half stretched it to 11-6 but a Chisanga try and conversion from Laiser Hill alumni Masai confirmed Nakuru surrendered their second trophy earned in 2014.
2014 beaten finalist KCB had to dig deep to stop unrelenting Kenya Harlequins 13-18 at the Lion’s Den in Ruaraka to qualify for yet another Enterprise Cup semi. Quins, who booked place in the last eight with a 39-30 win over Kenya Cup finalists, led the tie 7-8 at half time.
William Mawira started it off for Quins with a try that KCB cancelled out with a one of their own from eighth man Max Adaka followed by full back Darwin Mukidza conversion. Lyle Asiligwa’s penalty however sent Quins 7-8 ahead at the break.
Two further penalties in the second half proved the separator as the Tellers carried the day.
At the Jamhuri Park, host Nondies were denied another trip back to the last four after being hounded 5-20 by visiting Strathmore Leos at the Jamhuri Park in a tie brought live by Kenya Rugby Union’s broadcast right holders Zuku.
Benedict Nyambu landed the first points for host Nondies with a try that spurred Leos into action. A Mugambi Kithamba try, converted by Marvin Sumba was followed by a Cyprian Kuto try and a penalty from Humphrey Owuor for the visitors to lead 5-15 at half time.
Churchill Ooko second half try wrapped the scores sending the Leos through.
Host Impala Saracens avoided being gored by Western Bulls, leaping high off the ground with a 37-22 win over Echulusi to book a place in the last four.
Impala led 19-13 at the break with two tries from Sammy Oliech and Pius Shiundu; Oliech booted two of the three tries. Additional tries from Aringo and Joel Omer and further points from Oliech’s boots handed the Gazelles the win.
Homeboyz will now face Leos for a place in the final as KCB take on Impala in a repeat of last year’s semi; both will be played on Saturday 11 April.
Results – Quarterfinals - Saturday 28 March
Nakuru RFC – Homeboyz, 11-13 KCB – Harlequins, 13-8 Nondies – Strathmore Leos, 5-20 Impala Saracens – Western Bulls, 37-23
Fixtures – Semis - Saturday 11 April
KCB Vs Impala Saracens Homeboyz Vs Strathmore Leos