Homeboyz and Nondies gunning for playoffs

By francis marangu
Feb 07, 2014
  • Homeboyz celebrate after winning a seven-a-side tournament. They are gunning for Kenya Cup playoff. SNA File Photo

Homeboyz RFC and Nondescript RUFC are chasing a place in the Kenya Cup semi finals.

Both teams play away at Kisumu RFC and Blak Blad respectively as the top league reaches a crucial stage. Out of the chasing pack, the duo have a realistic chance of reaching the last four.

Leaders Nakuru RFC and second-placed Kenya Commercial Bank have a guarantee of retaining their respective status regardless of result from their top-of-the-table face off in Nakuru. Both sides have broken away having closed the forty points mark and look certain for an easy passage.

It is the fight for possibly the last two slots that will define league action for the remaining three rounds beginning this weekend. Homeboyz and Nondescripts will be up for the fight as they hope to make their slim chances a reality.

Homeboyz is currently fifth with 31 points, one above Nondies who are sixth. Playing against the already relegated Kisumu, the Paul Murunga-coached side have a chance of collecting bonus points. Even though a win will not ease them in the playoffs bracket, it will put Homeboyz within a touching distance with two matches to spare.

Contrasting match up

It will be a contrasting matchup between Nondies and Blak Blad with fifteen points separating both sides that have a varied mission to accomplish. Nondies will put their best foot forward to secure a bonus point win and have their playoffs dream back on track.

For Blak Blad, they hope to finish in a respectable position in their only second season. The Kenyatta university side is 10th with fifteen points.

Joseph Wachira will lead Nondies' lineup that includes eighthman Ben Nyambu, fullback Calvins Biko and flyhalf Charles Kanyi.

The weekend’s cracker will be at the Nakuru Athletic Club where hosts Wanyore welcome KCB in a top-of-the-table clash. The bankers will be out to break their winless jinx at Nakuru. A win will increase their chances of finishing top.

Nakuru’s perfect record this season stands in their favour. Furthermore, their perfect home record could help contain KCB which has only lost once to Resolution Impala Saracens.

Easy for Quins

Third-placed Kenya Harlequin has an easy one away to Eldoret RFC with Strathmore playing at home to Mwamba RFC in Madaraka. Quins come to the match off a bonus point victory over Mwamba last weekend while Strathmore suffered a 29-0 loss in their last outing against KCB.

Western Bulls travel to the Coastal City to play Mombasa Sports Club with consistency as their key inspiration. With 28 points, Bulls have an outside and mathematical chance of making it to the playoffs. Therefore, inflicting Mombasa their second successive home defeat will be one of the options at hand.

Mean Machine welcome Impala to their UoN Ground with only a point separating the sides. Impala has 18 points and Machine 17 after earning a walkover past Kisumu in their rescheduled fixture last weekend.

Weekend Fixtures

Kenya Cup: Mombasa SC vs Western Bulls (MSC, 4pm), Mean Machine vs Impala (UoN), Kisumu vs Homeboyz (Kisumu Poly), Blak Blad vs Nondies (KU), Eldoret vs Quins (Eldoret Sports Club), Nakuru vs KCB (NAC), Strathmore vs Mwamba (Madaraka).

Eric Shirley Shield: Mombasa II vs Western Bulls II (MSC, 2pm), Machine II vs Impala II (UoN), Kisumu II vs Homeboyz II (Kisumu Poly), Blak Blad II vs Nondies II (KU), Eldoret II vs Quins II (Eldoret Sports Club), Nakuru II vs KCB II (NAC), Strathmore II vs Mwamba (Madaraka).