Defensive Lapses Contribute to Oilers’ First Season Loss

Coach Gibson Weru of Menengai Oilers attributes defensive errors to their 33-16 defeat in a Kenya Cup match over the weekend.

The Nakuru-based team suffered their first loss of the season, tying for third place with Quins at 28 points, trailing seven points behind champions Kabras.

Weru acknowledged his team’s fall in performance in the last 20 minutes of the pulsating contest. He stated, “I believe the final quarter of the game is where we made several errors. Our setpiece fell apart, and we could not dominate up front. We also gave a couple of penalties in certain areas which hurt us.”

To secure a home quarterfinal play-off, Weru emphasized addressing certain facets, especially with challenging fixtures against Nondies, KCB, Kabras, and Catholic Monks in the upcoming month.

“We have some tricky fixtures coming up, and the loss to Quins means we have to go back to the drawing board to see where we can improve. We must also ensure we are in peak condition by the time the playoffs arrive in March,” said Weru.

Quins’ Cornelius Mukoro played a pivotal role, scoring 18 points from four penalties and two conversions, while Richel Wangila and Mohammed Khaider scored a try each. Oilers’ points came through Beldad Ogeta and John Okoth, with Dennis Abukuse slotting home two penalties.

In other results, champions Kabras maintained an unbeaten run with a 66-7 victory over Nakuru. KCB defeated Blak Blad 47-8, Nondies edged Strathmore Leos 21-20, Mwamba won 32-16 over Catholic Monks, and Homeboyz remained winless with a 16-16 stalemate against Kismumu RFC.

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