M Menengai Oilers
Menengai Oilers seek to break Nairobi hoodoo
By Eric Njiru | Wed 12 Dec, 2018 12:36

Menengai Oilers hope to finally break the Nairobi hoodoo that has seen them fail to win a match in the City. 

They visit Mwamba RFC in the fifth round of the 2018/19 Kenya Cup with both sides coming with only one win on the bag. Mwamba ended Nondies' unbeaten run while Oilers' only win came against Kenya Harlequin on matchday 2.

Head Coach Gibson Weru conducted Wednesday's training at Nakuru showground taking the over 60 players through sessions as they eye Saturday's clash. 

Oilers have had a better hand over Kulabu in the shorter version of the club but this will be a completely different situation. 

"For us, it's building on what we started doing during the pre-season. It's much of a working progress, the last two fixtures we've not been able to get a result we wanted but we are learning we picking lessons very fast and am happy with what we are showing in the games."

"Mwamba will be a tough opponent without a doubt they are a good side, very unpredictable so that's an area we have to prepare for."

Oilers lost 28-31 to Homeboyz on matchday four with Weru saying his backline did not click well leading to the Deejayz getting the win.

"Against Homeboyz defence let us down. Our backline did not click very well in their defence so that's an area we have to improve so that we make sure we are good to go on Saturday. We have to improve on our set-pieces we were not consistent, at times our scrums were good, others were not as good, we lost line-outs in crucial periods. Those are areas we have to improve."

Mwamba picked bonus points in the last five minutes during defeats to Quins and Homeboyz while their win over Nondies was a last-minute penalty. 

"If you look at Mwamba and the games they have played, those ones they have lost marginally they are a side that likes running kind of rugby so we should prepare that be able to counter that. We have to keep possession to come out with something," added Weru. 

Weru feels they are not where he would want to be after four matches with inexperience being the key thing that has locked them out.

"We've gotten six points out of a possible 20 it's not a point we wanted to be this time of the season we wanted to have at least 15 so we are in-short of that but what is really encouraging is how we are playing. I think we were supposed to win the game against Homeboyz it's only our naivety and experience cost us the game.

"The boys are progressing very well, our set-pieces are solid, top there if we compare with top Kenya Cup sides we just have to keep on playing and results will come."

After the trip to Mwamba, Oilers will take a much-needed Christmas break with their first fixture of 2019 set to be an away match to Kabras Sugar on January.

Eric Njiru
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