• Quins head coach Pau Murunga said this is their toughest test so far and will be crucial in defining how they approach the playoffs and if they can win the title.
• Kabras head coach Carlos Katywa has made five changes for the showdown.
Harlequins face a tough test today when they face high-flying champions Kabras Sugar RFC in a mouth-watering Kenya Cup clash at the RFUEA ground.
The Ngong Road outfit ended Menengai Oilers' unbeaten run last weekend, winning 33-16, but face a well-oiled Kabras machine. Kabras are on a 20-match unbeaten run since falling 28-20 to KCB in February 2022.
Quins head coach Pau Murunga said this is their toughest test so far and will be crucial in defining how they approach the playoffs and if they can win the title.
“This is a big test for us, playing the unbeaten champions. Morale is high after we beat Oilers last week. However, we will have to be competitive from the first to the last minute,” said Murunga.
The match will be won in the forwards and Murunga has named the likes of Elisha Koronya, Herman Humwa, Michael Onsando, Hillary Baraza, and Sheldon Kahi in the pack to counter the robust and dynamic sugar millers' upfront.
In the backs, vice-captain Cornelius Mukoro — who had an outstanding game against Oilers— starts at flyhalf alongside Arnold Onzere, Paul Mutsami and Dennis Masengo.
Kabras head coach Carlos Katywa has made five changes for the showdown. Skipper George Nyambua returns after a two-match absence replacing Patrick Lumumba at open-side flanker.
Lock David Bunduki partners Brian Juma in the second row with Hillary Odhiambo dropping to the bench.
Kenya Simbas international Ephraim Oduor starts at tight-head prop in place of Ugandan Asman Mugerwa.
Barry Robinson starts at flyhalf with Ntabeni Dukisa switched to fullback. Matthew Osimbo starts on the right wing with Alfred Orege benched.
This is the 13th meeting between the two sides since Kabras gained promotion to the top tier in the 2014-2015 season
Kabras have won 10 with Quins winning twice.
Quins' last victory against the sugarmen was a 19-13 victory on March 11, 2017, at the Kakamega Showground
Second-placed KCB make the long trip to the lakeside to face Kisumu RFC as they attempt to stay in touch with leaders Kabras.
Menengai Oilers will be seeking to bounce back when they face Nondies in Nakuru.
Strathmore Leos have a date with Mwamba while Blak Blad take on Catholic University Monks in a varsity derby. Winless Homeboyz hope to kickstart their campaign against Nakuru. All matches will kick off at 3pm.