Homeboyz RFC withstood a strong second-half performance from Menengai Oilers to register a 31-28 win in a thrilling encounter at the Nakuru Showgrounds.
The Djs had a comfortable 19-point lead at the break, but a strong second-half showing saw Oilers take the lead by the hour mark. Homeboyz lock Polycarp Odhiambo, however, landed the sucker punch 10 minutes to fulltime.
Keith Wasike, Brian Juma, Thomas Okidia, William Diffu and Polycarp Odhiambo scored a try each for Homeboyz while Oilers five-pointers came courtesy of Clinton Odhiambo, Derrick Mbaire, Harold Anduvate and a penalty try.
Oilers were the dominant side in the opening 20 minutes but they could not convert territory and possession into points, partly due to their profligacy from the tee- they missed three penalties within that period.
Homeboyz got their first on the 21st minute when eighth man Keith Wasike raced from inside his half to dive over on the right corner. Henry Ayah added the extras and he did the same when fullback Brian Juma dotted down after a jinking run from inside his half. 14-0 to the DJs.
Centre William Diffu added Homeboyz's third but this time Henry Ayah sent the resulting conversion wide. Oilers opened their account soon after when lock Clinton Odhiambo crossed the whitewash after a barnstorming run from close range. Fullback Derrick Keyoga added the extras but Homeboyz cushioned their lead moments to half-time as skipper Thomas Okidia went over the whitewash.
A conversion attempt by Henry Ayah was on the money. Halftime. 26-7 to the visitors.
Oilers started the second half on a high and winger Bildad Ogeta, handful all afternoon, and Nickson Ochieng had come close within the first two minutes. Flanker Harold Anduvate scored soon after and Keyoga's conversion was dead-eye accurate.
Derrick Mbaire brought the deficit to five points with a try under the posts after he had read a kick from his fly-half well. The Gibson Weru charges continued to put the visitors under the cosh, and the pressure would pay soon after when they earned a penalty try after Homeboyz were pinged for collapsing a maul, 28-26 to Oilers.
Derrick Keyoga however turned villain from hero 10 minutes to fulltime after his knock-on inside his 22 gifted The Deejays a platform from which Polycarp Odhiambo scored the decisive try.
Despite going down though and the time not on their side, Oilers kept knocking at the victors try line, unsuccessfully though.
Homeboyz travel to Ruaraka next weekend to face KCB while Oilers tackle Mwamba in Nairobi. Both Mwamba and KCB won their respective round four clashes.
Kenya Cup FT scores
Mwamba 13 - Nondies 12
Machine 19 - Impala 22
KCB 22 - Quins 13
Nakuru 42 - Blakblad 22
Oilers 28 - Homeboyz 31
Strathmore 13 - Kabras 62