Battle of the cats as Lions, Cheetahs clash in Super Series

After a tentative start last weekend at the RFUEA ground last week the Cheetahs and Lions will be chasing their second win of the competition .

In Summary

•The Cheetahs edged Buffaloes 18-5 while the Lions made light work of the Rhinos winning 29-7 .

•For the Cheetahs home advantage will be key as they hope to lay down a marker in the tournament .

Cheetahs coach Lawi Buyachi
Cheetahs coach Lawi Buyachi

The Rugby Super Series action enters the second weekend at the Nakuru Athletic Club.

The Cheetahs and Lions will chase second wins when they clash at the RFUEA grounds.

The Cheetahs edged Buffaloes 18-5 while the Lions made light work of the Rhinos, winning 29-7.

The tournament organisers made a rule change for player welfare last weekend, which saw the two matches have uncontested scrums owing to the muddy and murky pitch conditions.

The 'battle of the cats' at 4 pm.

Lions coach Oliver Mang'eni has made one change for the showdown. Patrick Ouko comes in at tight-head prop with Wilhite Mususi dropping to the bench.

There is a positional change in the back row with Eliakim Kichoi and Felix Ojow playing in the flanker positions. The fast-rising Obat Kuke anchors the scrum at number eight.

The backline remains unchanged with the destructive Bob Muhati and co-captain Levi Amunga in midfield. Emmanue Opondo and Elvis Namusasi continue with their partnership at halfback.

Home advantage will be key for the Cheetahs as they hope to lay down a marker.

Key players for the hosts will be skipper Ibrahim Ayoo, Celestine Mboi and Clinton Juma in the forward pack with Beldad Ogeta, Chrispine Shitundo and Quinto Ongo the key actors in the backline.

Coach Lawi Buyachi expects a competitive contest.

“It will be a tough match. We know the Lions are solid in the set piece — one area where we want to be competitive. I expect our fans to rally behind us and, hopefully, the conditions will be conducive," said Buyachi.

The Buffaloes and Rhinos match will kickoff at 2 pm.

The Rhinos have made six changes for the clash.

Mohamed Khadir replaces Abel Matanda in the front row, joining Adam Mugo and Meshack Tunechi.

In the second row, John Aswani takes over from Stanislaus Shikoli, alongside Ryan Odua.

The back row sees Laban Kipsang replace Barnabas Owuor, joining team captain Steve Odhiambo and Sheldon Kahi. Arnold Muita replaces Ian Mumbwani in the backline.