Champions KCB and last year’s Kenya Cup finalist Kabras Sugar made booked a berth in the semis of the Kenya Cup after seeing off Topfry Nakuru and Menengai Cream Homeboyz 16-15 and 25-8, respectively in pre-semis playoffs played on Saturday 23 April 2016.
The Saturday results, that unfortunately marked the end of the Kenya Cup season for Topfry Nakuru and Homeboyz, sent KCB and Kabras through to the semis.
Kabras Sugar Vs Topfry Nakuru
2013 and 2014 Kenya Cup winners Topfry Nakuru will have to rue missed kicks, and a slow start, as part of the reason why they fell short in Kakamega.
Kabras led 10-0 at half time but the tale could have been different had Wanyore not missed four penalties.
A Fabian Olando penalty, a try from Sava Racigi – that Olando converted gave the hosts the half time lead.
A further penalty from Olando in the second half saw Kabras go 13-0 clear. An unconverted try from Nakuru's Mike Okombe slashed the arrears to 13-5.
It was then 16-5 for Kabras when Olando added his third penalty of the day forcing Nakuru to chase the game starting with a drop goal from fly half Henry Ayah. A try from Charles Odongo converted by Javan Murayi however proved a little too late as the hosts went through, but only just, with a narrow 16-15 win.
It is the second straight season that Kabras has stopped Nakuru in the playoffs. Last year the money bags nailed Wanyore 15-12 at NAC, Nakuru at the semi final stage, ending their two year reign as Champions.
Homeboyz Vs KCB
At the Jamhuri Park, Champions KCB took a 16-3 half time lead before going on to win the Jamhuri duel 25-8.
As was the case in Kakamega, Homeboyz had a bad day in office with the boot, missing three crucial penalties in the first half that could have settled the tie at 16-12 going to the break.
As they missed the kicks, KCB capitalized on the penalties they gave away, and it is fullback Darwin Mikidza who made a meal of the opportunities drilling in a whole of six penalties.
Mukidza, the obvious man of the match accounted for 20 of KCB’s 25 points, to improve his personal haul in the season to 192 points.
A penalty from Mukidza, his seventh of the season, a try from blindside flanker Ian Indimuli off a maul, converted by Mukidza – his 43rd of the season, and two further penalties from the fullback with a deceptive run tallied up KCB’s first half points.
Mukidza’s final two points were sandwiched by a penalty from Homeboyz fly half Kelvin Masai, his fifth of the season that improved his season points to 78.
Two penalties from Mukidza in the second half saw KCB shoot to a 22-3 lead, but Homeboyz rallied to slice the deficit with a try at the corner off the maul from replacement Felix Ojow.
Mukidza was to drill in the final points of the day with his sixth penalty, the 12th overall in the season, to close the game at 25-8 earning KCB a place in the semis.
With the pre-semis now complete, KCB will now face off with Impala Saracens in the semis, as Kabras booked Kenya Harlequins, at the Impala and RFUEA grounds, correspondingly, in games to be played on Saturday 30 April.
Impala topped the 14-team regular season with 80 points, two ahead of Kenya Harlequins, positions that earned the two automatic placements in the semis.
Results – Saturday 23 April 2013
Homeboyz 8 KCB 25
Kabras Sugar 16 Topfry Nakuru 15
Fixtures – Semis- Saturday 30 April 2016
Impala Saracens Vs KCB, Impala Grounds – 4pm
Kenya Harlequins Vs Kabras Sugar, RFUEA Grounds – 4pm