NAIROBI, Kenya- Homeboyz RFC left Impala Saracens RFC spinning in their wake in a 21-3 victory that landed the Deejays a maiden Enterprise Cup title on Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.
Johnstone Olindi opened the scoring for Homeboyz with a penalty to settle their nerves but Impala, who have lifted the domestic cup 11 times almost hit back immediately.
Xavier Bett penalty went wide but Sarries continued to pile pressure and their determination paid off through Mark Kwemoi who levelled the contest 3-3 with his boot.
Olindi then kicked the mix masters ahead for a 6-3 lead before Polycarp Odhiambo crossed the whitewash for the first try of the final, with the former adding the extras with his boot.
Evin Asena then extended his side’s advantage to 16 -3 off a penalty as the Sarries title hopes started to fade.
Homeboyz continued to spread the ball and their tactic paid off with a second try through, William Diffu who came off the bench to comfortably ground the ball to seal a 21-3 victory after Asena missed the conversion.
Homeboyz beat defending champions, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), while Impala saw off Kabras Sugar on their way to the final.
Homeboyz head coach, Paul Murunga, had made only one change from the squad that overcame KCB ahead of the final. The coach had replaced Meshack Akenga, who was taken ill, with Asena.
Likewise, Saracens had brought in Kenya Shujaa player, Ian Stuart Minjire, to increase their chances of winning the coveted title.
Minjire, who made the Kenya 7s squad for Hong Kong, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth and Singapore, was one of two changes that were made by head coach Frank Ndong.
Homeboyz had proceeded to the final as under dogs against Impala who have lifted the trophy eight times which most recent being 2005.
ENTERPIRSE CUP FINAL RESULTS
Homeboyz 21 -3 Impala Saracens
1.Thomas Okidia, 2. Aaron Khalechi, 3. Abel Matanda, 4. Roy Wesonga, 5. Polycarp Odhiambo, 6. Dalmus Chituyi, 7. Charles Omondi, 8. Stanley Isogol, 9. Kelvin Masai, 10. Johnstone Olindi 11. Bush Mwale, 12. Maxwell Kangeri, 13. Zeden Marrow, 14. Leonard Mugaisi, 15. Michael Wanjala
Finishers:16.Bruce Shiemi 17.Elvin Asena 18.Elfas Etemesi 19.William Diffu 20.Richard Alai 21.Israel Soi 22.Alvin Otieno 23.Oscar Ayodi
Impala Saracens Squad
1.Steve Juma, 2. Collins Chogo, 3. Kelvin Ronnoh, 4. Davis Makori (Captain), 5. Shem Angugo, 6. Joel Omer, 7. Tyson Okoth, 8. Paul Mutsami, 9. Xavier Bett, 10. Mark Kwemoi, 11. Ian Minjire, 12. Ishmael Mokaya, 13. George Okowa, 14. Quinto Ongo, 15. Richard Sidindi (Vice Captain),
Finishers: 16. Joshua Matasi, 17. Soita Wekesa, 18. Harritone Munai, 19. Elvis Oroko, 20. Timothy Makiya, 21. Bernard rotich, 22. Patrick Mutuku, 23. Onsongo Nyamwaya