This must be the most amazing month to live in as a rugby enthusiast,besides being alive to this moment, there’s plenty of rugby about to happen this weekend across the globe. Straight from the Southern Hemispheres (Super rugby) to the North (Six Nations)… hapa kwa equator we also have plenty of it.
First, the Kenya Cup round 12 review ; last weekend Kenya Harlequins were hapless against Top Fry Nakuru. The latter fried the former 43-14, and Quins slumped in the standings to third, giving way to KCB at second, who collected a bonus win against Machine,63-0, huge scores only!
Mwamba edged out the Deejays as if to revenge the round 2 loss, Interesting to know Mwamba was 7th in round 2 when they lost to the Homeboyz and are still 7th placed after that 13-11 win. In other matches, Impala beat Nondies 50-9 to stay clear at the top, 5 points away from the second placed team, thanks to Quins loss.
Strathmore saw off W’Bulls 25-17, Kabras Sugar won 63-3 over Blak Blad and Thika registered their first win at the Kenya cup in the battle of the minnows, 27-11 against Bungoma Sharks.
Kenya Cup round 13
Heading to round 13 there is little to discuss over; most matches being one sided affair, at least on paper and to an extent four of them on the pitch.
Western Bulls face off with KCB in a return match at home, last the two met in round 6 the match ended in a stalemate, 27-27. Hearsay has it that Echulusi’s form is fast improving so as much as the Bankers are second on the log they are as good as stuck in between a rock and a slippery ground.
‘A Leo’ and ‘a Deejay’ square out.Menengai Cream Homeboyz and Strathmore Leos lock horns again; barely a week after the Leos beat the Deejays 10-11 in the first encounter. The two teams are close on standings with Homeboyz at fourth and Leos closing in at fifth, only a point away from the deejays. It has been two close losses to the Deejays and taking in a third one is not quite their favorite tune.
Bulls vs KCB= +5 KCB, HBR vs Strath= +5 HBR.
The one-sided affair…
Mwamba RFC, Kenya Harlequins, Top Fry Nakuru, Resolution Impala Saracens have arguably the easiest fixtures this weekend. Having a general assumption on the outcome of their matches is quite relevant, all the four games should end on a +15 scoreline in favor of the teams mentioned.
Here are the four fixtures;
Thika vs Mwamba RFC,
Mean Machine vs Kenya Harlequins,
Bungoma Sharks vs Top Fry Nakuru,
Blakblad vs Resolution Impala Saracens.
Nondescripts versus Kabras Sugar
is quite one sided affair game too, but check the standings again. Kabras are eighth while Nondies are ninth… close affair here, until you look at the point, Kabras are 15 points clear of the latter and with Nondies meek form lately the ‘Sugar belt’ kings will walk away with the points +10 to Kabras Sugar.
Shujaa Squad to Las Vegas & Vancouver 7s
Dennis Ombachi returns for Kenya 7s.
Kenya Sevens squad to compete at Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens legs of the HSBC World rugby was listed with only one debutant, Resolution Impala Saracens’ Sammy ‘SSbezy’ Oliech. Mwamba RFC’s Dennis Ombachi makes a return alongside Augustine Lugonzo of Homeboyz, the two missed Sydney and Wellington legs.
Here is your full squad;
Andrew Amonde ,Collins Injera, Oscar Ouma, Humphrey Kayange, Augustine Ligami Lugonzo, Biko Adema, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ayodi, Dennis Ombachi, Odhiambo Billy, Leonard Mugaisi, Sammy Oliech
Benjamin Ayimba – Head Coach, Paul Murunga – Assistant Coach, Lamech Bogonko – Physiotherapist, Newton Ong’alo – Team manager.
The six nations
The six nations is en route to its third weekend, clearly Ireland are in for a sequence of disappointment; going by what the French did to them.Prior to that, they had collected a draw against Wales, whatever is happening to the Euro champs. This weekend they face a crispy clean England team… probably another loss in waiting or redemption? Quick stats; last they met was at Twickenham and the England walked away with the points, 21-13.
The Welsh face off France. With 93 matches played pitting the two, Wales have had superior number of wins, 47. This might be the 48th, but the French are quite gritty and at my end of the Bench, the Les Blues are to win this game, they have the Vakatawa effect… Rugby 7s sensation Virimi Vakatawa has been featuring for the French side at the six nations cup.
Final match at the six nations pits Italy and Scotland. Scots had a close one against Wales & I bet they will walk away with a win; the least will be a draw in this game. Italy close the standings with two losses in the past weekends.
Super Rugby kick off!
Should I mention that Super rugby kicks off on the on 26th- tomorrow, today or yesterday ? - depending on when you read this. You are smart chaps, you probably wrote the kick off date on your diaries and memos…
TEAM CHIEFS TUSONGE PANDE HII PLEASE!!