Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lions leave it late at Nondies

Nondescripts RUFC v Kenya Commercial Bank RFC
The featured match saw Kenya Commercial Bank RFC snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring a try at the dearth to run off 28-22 winners over home side Nondescripts RUFC at the Jamhuri Park showground.

The match began with plenty of end to end stuff before Nondies went ahead from a Kevin Gachoka penalty after a KCB infringement.Nondies 3 KCB 0

 KCB lock Dennis Mwanja would soon put the Lions ahed when he touched down minutes later. Peter Mutai converted, stretching the lead to 7-3 in favor of the bankers.

Nondies came back fighting, grabbing the lead from two Gachoka penalties before backrow man Phil Wamae scored KCB's second try, giving the Lions a 12-9 lead going into the half time break.

They began the second half with a lot of pep, taking the game to their hosts. Jotham Yahuma scored a drop goal that extended the Lions lead to 15-9. Keen to extend the lead, KCB kept piling the pressure on Nondies but were punished by Bobby Oyugi who intercpeted a careless pass from the Lions backs before grounding the ball under the posts. Gachoka's conversion restored Nondies lead at 16-15. Yahuma's drop goal saw KCB retake the lead at 18-16 as the game took on an interesting curve.
Indecision saw KCB spurn the opportunity to stretch their lead. Nondies capitalized on this, forcing the bankers into a series of mistakes. Gachoka's perfect kicking streak was interrupted by the posts, his penalty skimming off the upright, earning KCB a reprieve. He would soon give Nondies the lead, kicking over two more penalties as the home side led 22-18 with precious little time left on the clock. A successful Yahuma penalty narrowed the scored to 22-21 before man of the match Dennis Mwanja decided that he was not going to be on the losing side, bursting through the Nondies defence before offloading the ball to young Fabian Olando who scored a try under the posts. Yahuma's conversion at the final whistle saw the bankers remain unbeaten with a 28-22 win.

Earlier, the Cubs beat Nondies II 12 -0, remaining unbeaten in the Eric Shirley Shield.

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