2018 has been a relatively good year for Menengai Oilers, at least in the fifteens version, and the Kenya Cup newcomers will wish to close it with a win when they travel to the capital to face Mwamba RFC on Saturday.
Head coach Gibson Weru, however, believes his boys will face a uphill task in Nairobi, primarily because of Mwamba's potent backline, their unpredictability, as well the fact that Oilers will be playing away:all of the side's six points have been clinched in the two home matches they have played in.
The two sides are currently separated by a single point. Eighth-placed Mwamba snapped their three-match losing streak with a 13-12 win over Nondies last weekend, while Oilers, tenth, went down 31-28 to Homeboyz RFC despite a spirited second-half.
"Mwamba are always tough at home. They have no pattern of play and are therefore unpredictable. They have a good backline and are also versatile." Weru told Raga House
Asked what his charges will need to do to emerge victorious, he said: "In attack our setpiece will have to be solid. Our open play defence will also need to be good."
The newbies had targeted 15 points from the opening quintet of matches but regardless of the outcome of Saturday's encounter, they will fall short of that.
"We had targeted 15 points, currently we have six so we won't achieve our target. We will however take that and improve from there." concluded the tactician who lead Nakuru RFC to the maiden National Sevens Series in 2015.