KCB to face Quins in Floodlit final

Oliver Mangeni of KCB scores a try against homeboyz to retain the Safaricom 7s trophy. The bankers won 19-5 (Image Courtesy)

The final pairings at the 2014 Impala Floodlit tournament are now known following completion of the semi final fixtures on Saturday.

Champions KCB will face Lunch Bar Quins in the final after a 25-21 semi final win over Top Fry Nakuru while Quins posted a 20-3 result over Mean Machine to reach the final.

KCB were quick off the blocks, taking the game to Nakuru but found themselves trailing when Nelson Oyoo, totally against the run of play, pounced on a loose ball, racing 40 meters clear to touch down with Allan Odiyo converting for a 7-0 lead after six minutes.

It was all Nakuru at this point, ‘Wanyore’ dominating play, looking imperious at the breakdown and with ball in hand as they kept the bankers on the backfoot.

Machine, meanwhile, signaled their intent early, forcing an infringement off Quins but Kelvin Njugi’s second minute goal attempt sailed wide of the posts as the match remained scoreless.

This fixture would slowly ebb and flow into life, both sides showing their attacking intent and it was Machine who went ahead courtesy of Njugi’s 18th minute penalty following another Quins infringement.

Brian Mwenda would soon put Quins ahead, touching down with Kevin Keegan converting for a 7-3 lead. Keegan would add a penalty before half time for a 10-3 lead at the interval with their eyes firmly trained on a first title since the last of their three previous wins in 1998.

Paul Abuto extended Quins’s lead with an unconverted try three minutes into the second half as they gradually took control of the fixture despite Machine’s valiant efforts.

When Dennis Muhanji landed his side’s third try with 20 minutes to play, Machine were all but done as Quins eased into the final.

In the Universities matches, champions Kenyatta University Blak Blad set up a final date against 2012 champions USIU after emerging 29-12 winners over JKUAT.

Ofafa Jericho signaled their intentions of retaining the title following a 43-0 result over Makini earning them a berth in Saturday’s final against Laiser Hill.