KCB take Stanbic Mwamba at Jamhuri Grounds

Written By: Beth Nyaga

KCB take Stanbic Mwamba at Jamhuri Grounds

In a battle of the banks, KCB took and Stanbic Mwamba at the Jamuhuri Grounds in one of Saturdays 4 pm kickoffs.

The bankers made their intentions clear from the get-go, scoring a try through Felix Ojoo in the first 10 minutes of the game to make it 7-0 with the conversion successful from scrum-half Michael Wanjala.

Against the run of play, the KCB scrum half was at it again as he gave the bankers their second try of the game, converting his own try to give the bankers a 14-3 lead within the first thirty minutes of play.

Stanbic Mwamba winger Billy Odhiambo gave the Stanbic crowd something to cheer about when a KCB kick was charged down giving them the chance to get away with a runaway try in the corner.

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The conversion was unsuccessful leaving the score at 14-8 with two minutes to the second half.

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KCB Flyhalf made a run through the middle stepping clinically through the Mwamba midfield only to be stopped illegally leading to a yellow card for Stanbic.

The bankers took advantage of the lesser man and inside centre, Esau Otieno handed KCB their third try in the corner. Scores at the closing stages of the first have read 19-8.

KCB were keen to end the half with a bang getting their third try off a Stanbic Mwamba scrum, overpowering the pack for eighth man Peter Waitere to cross over the white chalk to make it 24-8 at the half time break.

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The second half started with the same tenacity as the first with both teams putting it all on the line only for a few handling errors to let both banking teams down.

Scrum half Wanjala continued his good kicking form in front of the posts to give the bankers their first points of the second half. The scores now reading 27-8.

Stanbic and veteran Flanker Collins Injera gave Mwamba their first five pointer of the game after some resilient play on the KCB five meters line with Flyhalf Tony Omondi making it 27-15.

Discipline cost the bankers as they were reduced to fourteen men. Mwamba were on the front foot and as a result Injera, the playmaker once again scored the try to make it 27-20 towards the latter stages of the game.

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Discipline was once again the issue with the bankers and experienced flanker Andrew Amonde also shown yellow for a high tackle on the Mwamba winger.

This raised the nerves at the Jamuhuri pitch in the closing minutes of the game with the referee finally putting to an end to a thrilling encounter between the banks.

Coach Curtis Olago praised his boys saying “we played well and I have to give it to my players for sticking in there through the 80 minutes. We have to work on a few disciplinary issues but im happy with the performance from and next week we take on Harlequins which should be another thrilling encounter.”




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