Kenya Harlequin head coach Charles Cardovillis knows the areas to beat his ex-employers Kabras Sugar on and inflict them the first defeat of the season when the two sides meet on matchday 9 of the 2018/19 Kenya Cup, Saturday Feb 9 at RFUEA Grounds.
Kabras, coached by Cardovillis last season to Kenya Cup final, head to Quins this Saturday as the only unbeaten side and also with 100% after eight weeks. This looks like the season Kabras will surely do it for the first time since 2016.
Despite heavy investments to the team in the last couple of years that has seen recruitment of players from rival sides as well as as far as Fiji, Kabras have failed to stop KCB in both 2017 and 2018 finals.
Hosting the final in Kakamega is very much in their plan as home support will be an added advantage unlike in the last four years where they have played Kenya Cup finals in Nairobi.
"The table tells no tale, they are sitting on top. They are the best team in the Country at the moment," Cardovillis told Raga House after Saturday's 80-3 (Enterprise Cup win over Ngong RFC.
Kabras visit a Kenya Harlequin side that sits third with 31 points just four off second placed KCB and nine off the leaders.
"I'm expecting a very competitive game, they have a very good squad, really good athletes and we've got the same. We've developed a very strong squad here and with the athletes am expecting a classic match. We just need to focus on our structures and stop them from playing rugby and try and inflict first defeat of the season".
Kabras have picked eight bonuses this season, more than any other side and those wins have come from defeating sides like Impala, Nondies, Top Fry Nakuru and Mwamba RFC. Quins' only defeat came on match-day two against Menengai Oilers and have since beaten Homeboyz, Mwamba and Impala among others.
"It's all about the tactics, we will continue to analyse the situations on both sides but definitely we know the areas we can catch them and that's what we plan to do so the boys just need to show up and inflict that first defeat of the season."
Cardovillis was impressed by his side's win over Championship side Ngong RFC that saw them run in 14 tries while restricting them to only three points.
"It was a good game. We got the win that is what was important but more importantly is that we were able to give a lot of minutes to players that have been coming off the bench during the Kenya Cup and they did a good job."
"We've got now a pretty squad of 23 or so who can play 80 minutes or start, again the importance of it was to check a few different combinations and it went pretty well. Second half went well, first half we a bit took them for granted but we improved," added Cardovillis.
This will be Cardovillis' first meeting with Kabras Sugar since his departure last season.