Kenya’s Harlequins See Mwamba Snatch Victory at Death
So close yet so far is what the result could have been termed after last weekends heart-wrenching loss to Mwamba. The game in itself a classic only marred by low quality refereeing yet again. The game began at cracking pace with both sides sizing each other. Quins were the first to score and, at the breather, were 7-0 ahead.
The second half resumed with the Quins showing more hunger. Allan Onyango powered his way for a second try. The Quins were then 12-0 ahead and appeared to be cruising. A missed penalty in front of the posts should have set off alarm bells as that kick would have taken the game out of Mwamba’s reach.
Mwamba woke up and the Injera brothers, together with Lavin Asego and former Quin, Tito ‘Jus let me go’ Oduk, started punching holes into the Quins rearguard. Soon Mwamba were ahead, 15-12. A Joshua Gathumbi penalty levelled it for the Quins taking the scores to 15-15. With the game looking like it would be destined for a draw, the Quins piled the pressure, but Mwamba held firm forcing the Quins to concede a penalty at the death. Former Quins player, Tito ‘Jus let me go’ Oduk, lined up the ball and blasted it through the sticks giving Mwamba the victory at the death. (Tito is rumoured to have sent his former boss Daag into exile in Uganda)
Quins players and fans were crestfallen, but still managed to hold their heads high as they showed that there is much in store from the Quins this season.
The after-party minus the trophy went well and, when the Quins’ Anthem was sung, half of Nairobi must have heard it at just 30 minutes past midnight.
The next Rugby stage is the Bamburi Rugby Super Series. Quins will be in the Rhinos Franchise. They are the defending champions. This exciting tournament starts on the 8th of March and finishes on the 5th of April. With 5 Kenyan franchises and one Tanzanian one, top flight rugby is sure to be a staple. Rhinos will be coached by none other than the Quins’ Edward ‘Jones Oloo’ Kinyany. Good luck to you all.