Advantage Impala, Homeboyz in Kenya Cup

By francis marangu
Feb 12, 2016
  • Alvin Otieno of Homeboyz is tackled by Impala's Simon Muniafu in a Kenya Cup match last weekend. The two teems have seemingly easy fixtures this weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Impala and Homeboyz have seemingly easy fixtures this weekend as competition at the Kenya Cup log summit intensifies.

The two teams met last weekend with Impala winning 32-29. As a result, Impala and Kenya Harlequin FC are jointly top with 41 points each while KCB and Homeboyz have 36 points each.

The chasing pack of four teamsare not fad and results from the weekend matches could see a change in the realignment. Strathmore University (34 points), Mwamba RFC (32), Nakuru RFC (31) and Kabras Sugar (30) are all within a touching distance.

Impala and Homeboyz will be playing two most teams who are on the lower end of the table. They are Thika RFC and Bungoma Sharks. It will be a proverbial “David vs Goliath” tie.  Bungoma has no point, while Thika has picked one bonus point in the last 10 matches.

It will be interesting to see whether Impala and Homeboyz will rest some of their key players for these matches or go with their guns blazing for point differential. This is because their opponents Quins and KCB who will face Strathmore University and Nondies are not relenting.

Quins has maintained a perfect record at home this season winning all five matches, a good run they hope to continue agianst Strathmore who has been free-scoring with 68-10 win over Mean Machine and 78-8 over Thika RFC.

Their squad is largely youthful but have a mix of tested and proven hands in Brian Nyikuli, Cyprian Kuto, Churchill Ooko, Eric Kioko and Tony Owuor .

No easy task for KCB

Defending champions KCB who have already lost three matches this season will not have it easy against Nondies at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground. Last weekend, Nondies surrendered the lead to fall to Quins in second half at the same venue.

This year, KCB has won two matches, lost two and drew one while Nondies has won two and lost three. Placed six points off the playoffs bracket, Nondies must beat KCB to revive their chances with less than ten rounds of play remaining.

At the Nairobi Railway Club, Mwamba RFC aim to sustain their ascendancy when they host Blak Blad. Kulabu is now sixth on the log with 32 points and a home match against Blak Blad is a good way to continue the upward swing.

Mwamba have had mixed results winning their last two away fixtures against  Mean Machine and Western Bulls. Getting a win against the Kenyatta University side will put them into top four if Homeboyz, KCB and Strathmore fail to get maximum points from their matches.

Blak Blad failed to score points in their home and away losses of 86-0 and 43-0 to Nakuru as well as a 62-0 loss to Strathmore.

When they played Quins at home and away, Blak Blad could only manage to score an aggregate of 20 points against 110 for Quins. They played KCB losing 8-40.

Kakamega High School will be the venue of a second “Kakamega derby” when Western Bulls face Kabras Sugar. Coming to the match, Bulls lost at home to Mwamba and lies 10th with 20 points while Kabras won away at Nakuru and sits eighth on the log with 30 points.

Nakuru will host Mean Machine.

Weekend Fixtures

Impala v Thika RFC (12 p.m., Impala Club), Nondescripts v KCB (2 p.m., RFUEA), Kenya Harlequin v Strathmore (4 p.m., RFUEA), Homeboyz v Bungoma Sharks (4 p.m., Jamhuri Park), Western Bulls v Kabras Sugar (4.p.m., Kakamega High), Nakuru v Mean Machine (4 p.m., Nakuru Athletic Club), Mwamba RFC v Blak Blad (4 p.m., Railway Club).