KCB successfully defended their great rift ten a side title after battling to a 18-15 sudden death win over Strathmore in the final, played on Sunday evening.
The bankers were made to work overtime, literally, by a spirited Leos side that could have walked away with this title on another day. In an action packed final, it was KCB's experience that tipped the balance in a match that had very little to pick from the two sides.
It was the Lions who were first on the score board, leading 5-0 in the opening minutes, the Leos were quick in their response to level the scores at 5-5. They then went on to take the lead after Humphrey Owuor intercepted a KCB pass to score at the corner to make it 10-5.
KCB were next on the score board, an unconverted try tying the scores once again at 10 all, Strathmore would however take the lead going into the break at 15-10. After a high scoring first half, the second saw only one try as KCB fought back to level the scores, 15-15 at the full time whistle.
That meant the sides headed into sudden death, with the first score winning the match. KCB would do well to keep possession of the ball making forays into the Strathmore twenty two. Their efforts were rewarded by a penalty within striking distance, Ken Moseti scoring from the resulting kick to win his side the game and the 2014 great rift ten a side title.
The KCB centre was later named most valuable player, a deserving accolade for the player who was instrumental to his side and also kicked the winning penalty in similar situation in the quarter finals.
Other winners on the day were Nakuru RFC who picked up the Plate title after beating Western Bulls 14-0. Kabras Sugar RFC went home with the Bowl title after upsetting Mwamba 10-0 in the final.
Nakuru II were the Main cup winners in the second division after beating KEMU 19-0 in the final. Kisumu RFC walked away with the Bowl title in this division after walloping Naivasha 57-0.
Collated scores from the finals :
Main Cup : KCB 18-15 Strathmore
Plate : Top Fry Nakuru RFC 14-0 Western Bulls
Bowl : Kabras Sugar RFC 10-0 Mwamba
Main Cup : Nakuru II 19-0 KEMU
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The four semi finalists at this year's Great Rift ten a side were decided in dramatic fashion earlier today at the NAC. There was little to choose between the quarter finalists, this evident from the scores posted. Of the four quarter finals, two went into sudden death with one going into a drop goal contest.
Defending Champions KCB edged past a spirited Western Bulls side 10-7 at sudden death, the bankers found themselves trailing 7-0 with the clock having run down, With the last play, Brian Omondi touched down at the centre for Bonab Were to convert and take the match into sudden death.
The lions would win a penalty within strike range in the opening exchanges of the first half, Ken Moseti opting to take the drop goal, from which he handed his side a ticket to the Semi final.
Machine were up next against the Lunch Bar Quins, the match went into the break with Machine leading 5-0. Quins constantly poke at the Machine defence with little return, the Eschuma holding on for a 8-0 win after a scoring from a penalty in the second half.
The hosts Nakuru would come up against Strathmore in the third quarter final, with these two sides also set to meet in the Kenya Cup Semi finals later, this was billed as the pick from the quarter final line up.
Strathmore were first on the board, taking a 7-0 lead into the break, the hosts would plough back in the second half and take the lead at 10-7 with the clock ticking away. The Leos broke Nakuru hearts at the death, snatching the 12-10 result to progress to the Semi final.
The best was definitely saved for last in the quarter finals as Homeboyz took on the Resolution Health Impala Saracens. In the see saw match, the two sides could not be separated after the 20 minutes, going into sudden death with even that not able to separate them.
This would set the stage for a drop goal contest, the first in the history of the tournament, in deed not many had witnessed one. The sides were to pick 5 players who would each have a drop goal attempt from different spots on the pitch.
The first round of five kicks also failed in separating the two, both drilling in 3 kicks from the five, in the second round Impala missed from the first kick right in front of the posts a little over 5 meters out, handing Homeboyz the advantage. The Djs took this advantage fully breaking the deadlock from the next kick and booking their slot in the Semi finals.
The Semi final line up looks to have more drama in store as KCB take on Machine in a replay of last year's final. The second semi final will see Strathmore take on Homeboyz, with the two sides already developing a rivalry of sorts.
Semi final Pairings :
Bowl Semi finals
Egerton vs Kabras
Catholic vs Mwamba
Plate Semi Finals
Western Bulls vs Lunch bar Quins
Top Fry Nakuru vs Resolution Health Impala Saracens
Cup Semi Finals
KCB vs Mean Machine
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KCB and Nakuru lead the standings at the close of day one action at the 2014 edition of the Top Fry Great rift ten a side tournament, at the Nakuru Athletic Club. The two sides remain unbeaten after the pool stages and share this record with Quins, Machine and Homeboyz.
Defending champions KCB opened their campaign with a 33-0 win over Bungoma in Pool A, then went on to beat a stubborn Comras side 38-12 before wrapping up their Day 1 action with a massive 59-0 win over Egerton.
The bankers will be joined in the Cup competition by hosts the Top Fry Nakuru RFC, Homeboyz RFC, Mean Machine, Kenya Harlequins, Impala, Strathmore and Western Bulls.
The hosts from Pool F, beat Thika 29-0 in their opening encounter then walloped TUK 51-0 in the second match, the Wanyore then got past Blakblad 17-0 in the closing encounter of the pool.
Pool D proved to be the pool of death with Resolution Health Impala Saracens and Strathmore battling to the wire for a spot in the cup competition. The two sides had managed to win their opening two fixtures against Kabras and Moi University. Impala beating Moi University 61-0, then Kabras 21-7.
The Leos managed to almost match Impala's score against Moi University posting a 61-3 score after having beaten Kabras 10-5. Pool B also went to the wire, with Machine edging Mwamba in the final match of the day 10-5 to march into the Cup competition and relegating Mwamba to the Bowl.
The two would meet in the final match of the Pool, with the lead changing hands severally before an Impala try at the corner converted by Nato Simiyu saw the match end in a 19 all draw. This meant that the sides were to be separated by aggregate points, Impala winning that battle courtesy of a five point advantage. The two however progressed to the cup competition.
Homeboyz posted 47-0 and 41-0 scores in their opening encounters against UoE and Masaku respectively in Pool C, the djs then edged out Western Bulls 10-7 in one of the highlight matches of day one.
The Lunch bar Quins survived an early scare from Stormers in their opening encounter, trailing 5-0 at the break before winning 17-5. They then put a similar score against Catholic before recording a 26-0 win over Eldoret in the pool's final match.
The Western Bulls sailed to the Quarter finals as the best out of the pool runner ups, the Bulls from Pool C won two of their three fixtures, their efforts heavily boosted by their almost water tight defence. They beat Masaku and UoE 33-0 and 38-0 respectively.
Day Two Pairings :
Shield Quarter Finals :
TUK vs KCA
Moi University vs Thika RFC
Masaku vs UoE
Eldoret vs Bungoma
Bowl Quarter Finals :
Blakblad vs Egerton
Comras vs Kabras
Catholic vs Multimedia
Mwamba vs Stormers
Cup Quarter Finals :
KCB vs Western Bulls
Mean Machine vs Lunch Bar Quins
Top Fry Nakuru RFC vs Strathmore
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