And so did things turned around in week 17! Three upsets were experienced last weekend with the follow up dethronement of the series leaders, Impala Saracens. Over at my bench I looked at my script and realized I had gored 4 of the three predictions I made last weekend. You win some you lose some, I comforted my conscience.
In case you wish to refer, read: Kenya cup, round 17 & Easter memories.
Week 17 recap: As scripted by KRU
We are now a weekend away from the play offs, excluding week 18- it’s already here with us. The much awaited play offs of the Kenya Cup are nigh, and just in case you missed the action here is recap of the full time week 17 scores;
While Quins were pummeling the Sharks, Resolution Impala Saracens, Top Fry Nakuru and KCB all flipped the script as they each snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, the Sarries were busy dropping to second after conceding four tries in the 13-25 loss away to Kabras Sugar while Nakuru and KCB were unable to cope with the murky, muddy and slippery conditions at Madaraka, Nakuru going down 10-15 to hosts Pan Africa Strathmore Leos while KCB’s Lions were given a rocky time by a Mwamba side that caged them 7-13.
Elsewhere, Nondescripts played to a 7-7 draw against a Blak Blad side that is rapidly emerging as their bogey side while Western Bulls, with their playoff ambitions long extinguished, posted a feel good 48-0 win over third from bottom Thika RFC as Menengai Cream Homeboyz defeated Mean Machine 39-0.
Meanwhile at the Nationwide
First, speaking about the playoffs, maaahn!! I thought they were scrapped off until someone told me that was an April fool’s prank, FOR REAL?!… Come to think of it, the info was dispensed on 1st of April. That was a good one Eric Njiru, really had me believing!
That matter aside while teams squared it out at the Kenya Cup at the Nationwide regional play offs. At Egerton University pavilion grounds, sisi kama University of Eldoret, we dented a nagging Egerton Wasps 11-10 at their home turf, sweetest victory to date. Considering the lengths we had to go through to honor that match, it is inevitable:
God does wonders in many ways
. This one is for the champs at UoE, let’s seal the brace this weekend- To winning ways!
Resolution Kisii RFC vs Shieywe RFC
Resolution Kisii RFC picked up a significant win over at Kakamega against the much hyped Shieywe and they are rolling into the Regions finals and are set to lock horns with Kisumu RFC at Mamboleo Show grounds, boys this shouldn’t be a stumbling block but a hurdle worth the jump, go get it!
Kenya Cup week 18 preview
KCB vs Bungoma Sharks. (+20 to KCB)
After a disastrous outing at the behest of Kulabu last weekend, the bankers are quite relieved to have the easiest fixture against a dangling Bungoma Sharks. The latter team has been ‘on receivership’ since the start of the season and all hints to save the club has proved already futile.
KCB’s Jack ‘OJ’ on wheels
The Bankers are ready with the papers, ready to close a deal this weekend all that’s waiting is Bungoma Sharks to show up…. And sign.
Mwamba RFC vs Strathmore Leos (+5 to Mwamba)
Back in round 5 (review) Strathmore were the terrifying bullies of the league shoving off teams from their positions till they met the solid rock, Kulabu. Going down … and subsequently slumping on the standings to fourth on the standings just before the Christmas Break
Mwamba last weekend proved their worth after walloping KCB, and considering the latter consolidated themselves in round 14 against the Leos. Mwamba have their work cut out already, collect nothing less than a win.
Caution is highly advised against the Strathmore Leos side, they also saw off Top Fry Nakuru last weekend which is no mean fit.
Kenya Harlequins vs Top Fry Nakuru (+8 to Quins)
Last the two met was in round 12 and boy! Top Fry really did prove the name Fry. Leos were on the receiving end for a 43-14 dubbing coasting them a slip on the standings to third from second.
Top Fry Nakuru
With tables now turned to their favor will they make use of the home ground advantage?
Nakuru are having a mixed bag of goodies in the season, prior to last week they had moved to third & albeit losing to Strathmore, the KCB loss to Kulabu evened the record for them to retain position.
This match has all odds in favor Kenya Harlequins, they sit at the top and wouldn’t want to relinquish the honor this soon. All Wanyore have to play for is probably a rise to second and bragging rights.
Nondescripts vs Resolution Impala Saracens (+15 to Impala)
With the dented form of Nondies deteriorating, a repeat of round 12 might happen, maybe a change of scores might show. Back in week 12, the ‘Red Lion’ went down 50-9. The team has faced hurdles in the last few weekends including a loss to Blad… no need to mention last weekend.
Impala relinquished the ‘Iron throne’ last weekend to Quins and sit second heading to week 18, but there is all motivation for a team in second place to aim up. Adding to that, is their superior form over Nondies’.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz vs Thika RFC (+20 to HBR)
The easiest fixture of the weekend in favor of Homeboyz. Thika Millars have already closed shop and the sun is fast setting on their Kenya Cup debut.
Mean Machine vs Western Bulls (+10 to W’Bulls)
Western Bulls collected their first win of the season against Machine in round 5, thanks to that they evaded the relegation zone and they sit 9th on the log. Mean Machine might be shoving their last kicks as a Kenya Cup core team as they settled for position 13th on the log after week 17.
It will be a sad affair to the team go down to Nationwide after the many years of being among the top brass. This weekend a win out of W’Bulls will be a hard nut to crack as the latter can’t afford any slip ups.
Blakblad vs Kabras Sugar (+12 to Kabras)
Rugby made & played in Western Kenya is the hardest to play against for a city team, and last weekend’s win over Impala was testament of what resurgence is for Kabras. The momentum has been picked though a bit late in the season by the sugar men & they are well in the Kenya Cup playoffs berth.
Blad may be in a good form too but all cards lay on the table they won’t beat Kabras, at least no this weekend. They had a beautiful show in the past two weekends but that won’t be enough to shrug off Kabras.
About the Hong Kong 7s
The Hong Kong 7s
This leg of the circuit had a women tier competition slotted to make it the biggest 7s tourney with most participating teams so far-correct me if I’m wrong guys- when you combine the men’s event and invitational category.
On the turf earlier today was the Kenya Women’s who rather had a slow start going down in their opening two games of pool A. 32-0 against South Africa & 22-5 against France. Just when you thought the lasses will redeem themselves, they went down 12-26 against Kazakhstan… Now please, we need to our ladies team with necessary facilities and funding for effective result, hii maneno ya kuenda tour badala ya kuparticipate tuache.
The Men’s outfit, Shujaaz, will set the steam rolling against Samoa at 1:10pm local time, sadly their only game on day one, Friday.
Into Saturday we will see the boys play New Zealand at 6:40am, I can only pray we pull the show we did in Las Vegas and wallop that Island team
Our third and final pool game will be against France at 10:18am hopefully the men’s team will avenge faithfully on behalf of their female counterparts.
There goes Week 18, be a loyal fan, a patriotic fan do pick a match go cheer the boys… DONT MISS THE ACTION!!