The Kenya cup season 2021 was kicked off with three bonus wins by the defending champions KCB, 2016 champions Kabras and Menengai Oilers for a crucial five points tie at the log, Kabras taking the summit following a 56-0 win over MMUST.
The defending champs challenge at half time was how the Leos would let go of the lead and returning from the pep talk by head coach Curtis Olago, the boys put in a great shift to win the match by a bonus following another two tries in the second half, this time both were converted for 24-16 home win.
Strathmore Leos scored just a try, a conversion and three penalties to put the defending champions on the edge of their seat for close to three quarters of the match for the weekend's highlight as Kabras whitewashed newbies who did not score a point in the Kenya cup debut match.
In Nakuru county, hosting Wanyore beat BlakBlad 13-8 while Menengai Oilers shocked Kenya Harlequins 39-13.
After their first match in a year at Ruaraka, The bankers head coach Curtis Olago was glad his boys took the bonus and so was his skipper Curtis Lilako.
“First game after a year , all good I love what I have seen and the bonus but we still have a lot to work on this week, going forward we have to take it a game at a time improving on our performance,” KCB head coach Curtis Olago told Mediamax Network Limited.
KCB captain Curtis Lilako was glad the second half game plan to retain the ball in carries paid off in the last quarter.
“We were good on defense but they got a couple of penalties and we definitely had to recover. Kolago (Coach Curtis Olago) asked us to carry the ball more and kick less in the second half and it paid off in the last quarter, we got in their half easily and our forward play in their 22 was situational and rewarding,” KCB captain Curtis Lilako said in an interview with People Sports.
Strathmore Leos coach Louis Kisia borrowed a leaf from KCB forwards after the big boys turned tables on them despite a clear lead from kick off.
“It was a good lead but we lost it towards the end. We were a bit relaxed on our defense, but we borrowed a leaf from their forwards as we await to take the next challenge,” Strathmore Leos coach Louis Kisia said to the official KRU broadcaster.
Kenya cup round one results
KCB 24-16 Strathmore
Kabras 56-0 MMUST
Oilers 39-13 Harlequins
Nakuru 13-8 Blak Blad