Quins host Mwamba in a must-win tie

By francis marangu
Jan 31, 2022
  • Mwamba's Mike Shabadoo in action in a past match against Kenya Cup.(Photo:SNA File)

Kenya Harlequin will play host to Mwamba RFC in the weekend’s only match lined up in the Kenya Cup action.

The match that will be played at the RFUEA Ground on Saturday was scheduled for early January.

Coming off 20-10 and 27-23 successive losses to Strathmore University and Nakuru RFC respectively, Quins will be under intense pressure from all quarters to walk away with a win and possibly earn a bonus point.

Even though Quins lie in the playoffs bracket, they are not yet secure since the chasing pack is well within a touching distance.

The Enos Otieno side currently occupies the fourth spot on the log with 33 points while Mwamba is eighth with 27 points.

A win for Mwamba will push them up to joint fifth with Homeboyz who have 31 points. A bonus point victory will give them a clear advantage.

In their last two matches, Mwamba lost 24-22 to KCB before beating Mombasa Sports Club 105-5.

The Meli Tuni side will look up to the win for a booster as they face a hard-to-crack Quins side when playing at home.

Brian Kivasya, who touched down thrice against Mombasa, and club’s leading try scorer for the season Joseph Oriwo will definitely be the key players for Kulabu.

Flyhalf Lavin Asego will be a key figure with his trademark kicks, dummy passes and experience which will count heavily.

Mwamba miss six players 

The absence of six players who are with the national sevens team might as well weigh in on their chances of winning the match.

To the contrary, Quins will be more of a full house as they will only miss captain Patrice Agunda who is on national duty.

Internationally exposed Eden Agero, Sidney Ashioya and Felix Ayange could be the game changer for Quins if given the nod to do duty.

Of great concern to the team is their inconsistency while playing at home against big teams.

They have had to endure torrid times against Impala and Nakuru in the last two matches they have hosted at RFUEA.

They trailed 5-12 at halftime in their 27-12 win over Impala in December and had to surrender the lead in their 27-23 loss to Nakuru last weekend.

A quick fix will help them accomplish their mission well but must be wary of a hungry and fired up Mwamba.

Varsity side Mean Machine jumped up two positions on the log to tenth with 17 points courtesy of a 24-0 walkover win over Kisumu RFC.

The win earned Machine a bonus point while Kisumu lost two points for failing to honour the match at UoN Ground.

Machine II also earned a walkover against Kisumu II in the Eric Shirley Shield. Action in the Nationwide League will continue with full fixtures across the five regions.

Rift Valley, Coast and Central regions are already in their semi final stages after completing regular season fixtures.

At the Impala Ground, eight time champions St. Mary's School will play Nairobi School in a Prescott Cup relegation clash.

The losing team from the tie will book a date with Laiser Hill to determine the team for the 2014 season.

Collated Fixtures: Kenya Cup- Quins vs Mwamba (RFUEA, 4pm); Nationwide: Nairobi Region- Mt Kenya vs Comras (Railways, 3pm), Impala III vs Nazarene (Impala), Brumbies vs Multimedia (Dandora High), Mwamba III vs USIU (RFUEA), Daystar vs KCA (Daystar Athi River), TUK vs Catholic (Nazarene); Western Region- Mt Kenya Kakamega vs Kisii (Kakamega Showground), Siaya vs Kabras (Siaya Inst.), Busia vs Maseno (W/O), Homabay vs Masinde Muliro (Homabay Inst.), Bungoma vs Kakamega (Bungoma High); Rift Valley Region- Semis (Finalists Qualify for Nation Wide Quarters)- Egerton vs Kericho (Egerton Njoro), University Of Eldoret vs Nakuru III (UoE), Coast Region- Semis (Overall Winner qualifies for Nation Wide Quarters)- Stormers vs Spartans (Blue Triangle Village Athi River), Masaku vs TUM (Machakos Golf Club); Central Region- Semis (Overall Winner qualifies for Nation Wide Quarters)- KEMU vs Dedan Kimathi (Kemu Meru), Thika vs Laikipia (Thika Sports Club).