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Friday, May 26, 2017

KCB, Quins face-off

KCB rugby players battle Nakuru Top Fry  during Kenya Cup Season Finale at RFU Grounds -David Ndolo
KCB rugby players battle Nakuru Top Fry during Kenya Cup Season Finale at RFU Grounds -David Ndolo

Second placed Quins host third placed KCB in an explosive top of the table Kenya Cup match at the RFUEA ground as the league enters the penultimate round today.

The bankers will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways after losing 27-24 to Impala last weekend while the hosts clinched a hard fought 19-13 win against champions Kabras in Kakamega.

Quins have 58 points while KCB and are on 56 with both teams seeking going all out to secure a semifinal slot in the playoffs, at home at best. Homeboys lead the standings on 59 points

The encounter between the cross town rivals promises to be fascinating one since the two have a similar brand of rugby with emphasis on physicality and dominance at set pieces.

Quins coach Dominique Habimana expects tough contest against the bankers.

"Matches between the two teams are always tough and it will come down to who will dominate in the contact areas and execute better in attack and defence,” said Habimana

Quins have made three changes from the win against Kabras with Mclanhan Shikuku and Paul Kioko starting in the front row in place of the Kangethe twins (James and Joseph) with Brian Okwomi coming in at number eight with Ugandan Ronald Musaja dropping to the bench.

In the backs Godfrey 'Jatelo' Okoth, Isaac Adimo, Patrice Agunda and Kevin Keegan will be the men to watch.

KCB on their part will have to minimise the errors that saw them lose against Impala last weekend.

Coach Curtis Olago lamented lapses of concentration in parts of the match and expects the side to fire on all cylinders through out. Key men for the bankers will include Moses Amusala, Peter Kaaria, Oliver Mangeni, Peter Waitere and Rocky Aguko in the pack with Darwin Mukidza, Brian Omondi and James Kilonzo the danger men in the backs.

"It will be a tough match. We need to get back to winning ways and get momentum to the playoffs,” added Olago.

In other fixtures, in form Homeboyz travel to sixth placed Nakuru, Kabras host Impala at the Kakamega showground, Strathmore Leos face Mwamba at Madaraka, Western Bulls welcome Blak Blad in Kakamega as Nondies host Mean Machine at Jamhuri Park. All matches kickoff at 4pm.


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