5 October 2003

Kenya: Impala, Quins Draw to Share Enterprise Cup

Nairobi — Impala RFC...16 Kenya Harlequin....16

Impala RFC and Kenya Harlequin will share the Enterprise Cup for six months each after they played yesterday's final to a 16-16 draw at Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) ground.

Impala, who were the defending champions will be required to hand over the trophy to Quins who will keep it for the first six months.

The match was explosive and entertaining as expected with Impala, better known as the Reds, going into the lead with the match barely two minutes old when Frank Ndong converted a try. Jonaah Mwindi failed to convert.

But Mwindi atoned for the mistake when he converted a penalty in the ninth minute for the Reds to take an 8-0 lead.

The going seemed comfortable for Impala when only two minutes later, George Karanu made a drop kick to extend their lead to 11-0.

Hard fighting Quins came back into the game with Tito Oduk scoring a penalty in the 29th minute to narrow the gap to 11-3. Geoffrey Amuhaya touched down in the 38th minute for Impala to lead 11-8 at half time.

Oduk converted a spot kick five minutes into the second half for the teams to tie 11-11. Oscar Osir crossed the line but Kennedy Mureithi failed to convert as Impala went back into the driving seat.

Rodgers Akena touched down for Quins making it 16-16 but even sudden death could not break the tie.

The organisers announced that each team will keep the trophy for six months after sudden death failed to produce a winner.

The match was preceded by the Mwamba Cup final where Mombasa beat Kenya Commercial Bank II to win the title.

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