Nakuru overcomes KCB to lift Titans Cup

By: AYUMBA AYODI

Nakuru RFC upheld their dominance over Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup champions Kenya Commercial Bank on Saturday, edging them 33-29 to lift the Titans Cup at the RFUEA grounds, Nairobi.

KCB might have claimed the two most prestigious trophies on the land last season but with a blemish: Nakuru was the only side to beat the bankers in Kenya Cup League last season, when they registered a 23-20 victory.

The Great Rift side was at it again in the battle of titans as they weathered a second-half storm to prevail against the bankers, who had a week ago retained the Impala Floodlit title.

Nakuru, who had Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup titles before the bankers snatched them from them last season, touched down four tries and had a penalty try and four conversions.

KCB, who trailed 10-19 at the drinks, made three of their five tries in the second half but that turned out to be a case of too little too late.

CASH PRIZE

The victors pocketed Sh200,000 for their feat.

Flanker Mike Okombe, eighth man Martin Owila, scrum-half Geoffrey Ominde and second row Cromwell Bunyasi crossed the line each for Nakuru as fly-half Martin Muita made the conversions.

Wing Arthur Owira, scrum-half Marlin Mukolwe, full-back Essau Otieno, prop Nelson Nyandat and substitute Ezra Lagat scored tries for KCB while Otieno made two conversions.

Earlier, left wing Hosea Odhiambo scored a brace of tries as Kenya Harlequin beat Homeboyz 32-10 in the curtain raiser.

Quins managed four tries, with the other two coming from flanker Kevin Kabue and Pius Shihundu.

Fly-half Kevin Keegan curled over three conversions. Scrum-half Kevin Masai converted wing Dominic Mose’s try before slotting over a penalty for Homeboyz points.

“It’s a good victory going into Kenya Cup but we still have got a lot to work on,” said Nakuru coach Dominique Habimana.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION