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Kabras, KCB’s unbeaten run on the line in Kenya Cup

Saturday January 27 2018

KCB's Peter Kilonzo (right) is tackled by Homeboyz winger Bush Mwale during their Kenya Cup match on January 13, 2018 at KCB Sports Club. KCB won 26-6. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

KCB's Peter Kilonzo (right) is tackled by Homeboyz winger Bush Mwale during their Kenya Cup match on January 13, 2018 at KCB Sports Club. KCB won 26-6. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Kenya Harlequin travel to Ruaraka Sports Club grounds on Saturday seeking to end Kenya Commercial Bank’s unbeaten run in Kenya Cup rugby league.

At the same time, unbeaten Kabras Sugar take the battle to Impala Saracens at the Impala Sports.

Impala and Quins faced off last Saturday, the Sarries ending a three-year drought of victory at the RFUEA grounds by beating Quins 10-8.

It’s a weekend that saw both KCB, who are chasing their sixth Cup success and Kabras, the 2016 champions, uphold their clean sheet in round six of the Kenya Cup. KCB hit Mwamba 27-15 to maintain top position in the league, while Kabras Sugar hit Nondescripts 40-20 in Kakamega.

When Quins last visited Ruaraka grounds on April 8 last year, KBC won 19-12 in the semi-finals to book date with Kabras Sugar in Kenya Cup final. Earlier in the season, Quins had lost 29-26 to the bankers.  Quins last beat KCB 20-14 in 2015/2016 regular season. The two teams met again in the play-off for third place, and Quins won 36-29.

Kabras Sugar rallied from behind to beat Homeboyz 22-17 in the league semi-finals last season. On their way to the semis, Kabras had beaten Impala 21-18 in the top six play-offs on April 1 last year.

That might have been the last time 11-time champions Impala played Kabras Sugar but the two sides clash on Saturday.

Kabras have only lost once to Impala Saracens since they were promoted to Kenya Cup for the 2014/2015 season. Their record stands at 5-1.

Impala coach Frank Ndong’, who will be without injured flanker Duncan Ekasi has said his team will use whatever it takes to stop Kabras.

“We shall have to contain their physicality. That is where they always had an edge,” said Ndong, who described Ekasi’s absence as a big blow.

Ekasi has been replaced by Kevin Okeyo who goes to second row, with Eric K’Opondo moving to the flank. James Kubasu is back at loose-head prop, taking over Dennis Karani’s place as he moves back to his familiar tight-head position.

Vincent Mose comes at fullback, replacing Tony Makia.

Kabras head coach Charles Cardovillis has only made one change to the side that beat Nondies. He has brought in Max Adaka, replacing eighthman Hillary Odhiambo.

FIXTURES

Nondescripts v Kisii  (Jamhuri Park) 2pm

Homeboyz v Mwamba (Jamhuri Park) 4pm

KCB v Quins (KCB Sports Club) 4pm

Mombasa v Nakuru (Mombasa Sports Club) 4pm

Strathmore Leos v Blak Blad (Madaraka) 4pm

Impala Saracens v Kabras Sugar (Impala Club) 4pm