Mean Machine captain Shadon Munoko is optimistic his side will win the inaugural Varsity League that kicks off on Saturday Sep 29, 2018 at University of Nairobi.
With Machine hosting the first leg, Shaddie -as he is popularly known, says their approach to the tournament is different to KUSA 7s where they lost to Blak Blad(Kenyatta University). Machine take on UoE Trojans in the first round of Varsity League in what will be their second meeting in recent days.
"We played them in the championship last season and won 43-3 but that was back then. This year we don't know what they bring on board and we won't underestimate them," said Shaddy.
The Varsity League comes just before the new Kenya Cup season which kicks off on Saturday November 17 and Machine will not only be using this tournament as a pre-season but also to reign sup[supremacy as the Kings of Universities rugby in Kenya.
"UoE have been training just like us so we don't take any chances but we will come hard because we are at home. It's a must win for us."
Machine are in pool B also with Catholic Monks -a championship side and TUK Mustangz -a Nairobi nationwide side. After UoE, Machine will play TUK in week 2 followed by Monks in week 3.
The Varsity League heads to Catholic University and Kenyatta University for second and third rounds while Egerton University will host semis before Machine hosts the finals.
Varsity League Pooling
Pool A:Blak Blad, Egerton Wasps, JKUAT Cougars, TUM Marines
Pool B: Mean Machine, Catholic Monks, Uoe Trojans, TUK Mustangz
Matchday 1: Sep 27, 2018 at UoN Grounds
10am: Catholic Monks vs TUK
12pm: Egerton Wasps vs TUM Marines
2pm: Mean Machine vs UOE Trojans
4pm: Blad vs JKUAT
Matchday 2: October 6, 2018 at CUEA Grounds
10am Ctaholic Monks vs UoE
12pm Egerton Wasps vs JKUAT
2pm Blad vs TUM Marines
4pm Mean Machine vs TUK
Matchday 3: October 13, 2018 at KU
10am: UoE vs TUK
12pm: JKUAT vs TUM Marines
2pm: Mean Machine vs Catholic Monks
4pm: Blad vs Egerton Wasps
Matchday 4, Semis: October 20, Egerton Grounds
12pm Winner pool B vs Runner-up pool A
2pm Winner pool A vs Runner-up Pool B
Matchday 5, FINAL: October 27, 2018 at UoN
12pm: Loser Semi-fianl 1 vs Loser Semi-final 2
2pm: Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2