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Nakuru make sweeping changes, Givan starts for Blad
By Dennis Gatuha | Fri 07 Dec, 2018 08:06

Nakuru RFC have made ten changes to the starting XV for their week four encounter with Blak Blad in Nakuru.

Of the fifteen that started in their 50-8 loss to Kabras (their heaviest defeat to the Millers ever and their heaviest in the Kenya Cup in over five seasons), only Emmanuel Mboya, Philip Kwame, Edwins Makori, Chrispin Onyango and Collins Onyango have been retained.

Utility back Walter Okoth will make his first appearance since sustaining an injury at the Nakuru 10s in April, lining up in mid field alongside Tyson Atsiago. As a result, Gramwell Bunyasi shifts from outside centre to wing and will be part of a back-three that also comprises of the diminutive Chrispin Onyango and Collins Onyango, who turned a year older on Thursday.

In the loosies, Edward Moseti, who played in the front-row last season, will pack down the blindside, Edwin Anunda will be on the opposite flank and Edwins Makori comples the trio.

Among those named among the replacements is  the fit-again Caccius Omollo, who hasn't played for Nakuru since April; the Nyabondo High School alma mater is set to continue his conversion from winger to flank as he has been named as a back-row cover-he made the switch in February 2018.

Nakuru are eighth on the log as a result of one win and two losses while Blak Blad are sixth. Just a solitary point separates the two.

Former Western Bulls flanker Joshua Givan will start his first match for Blak Blad in this clash.

Givan replaces Humphrey Litali on the blindside flank and will be part of a back-row that also has stalwarts Wesley Kidinga and skipper Ian Obukwa.

Coach Mike Otieno has made a total of three changes:  Teddy Okal beats Brian Kadenge to the no.11 jersey, as does Doughlas Sifuna to Klain Netto at outside centre.

1. James Mbugua 2. Emmanuel Mboya 3. Gibson Mugwe 4. Philip Kwame 5. Beavon Mboya 6. Edward Moseti 7. Edwin Anunda 8. Edwins Makori 9.Antony Oyugi 10. Martin Muita 11. ChrispinOnyango 12. Tyson Atsiago 13.  Walter Okoth 14. Gramwell Bunyasi 15. Collins Onyango

16. David Muthama 17. David Gwadas 18. Ezekiel Waitere 19. Moses Okendo 20. Caccius Omollo 21. Don Alouch 22. Simon Wariuki 23. Duncan Abuyeka

Blak Blad:
1. Hezron Seru 2. Givens Onyango 3. Felix Omondi 4. Steve Biko 5. Brave Mukoro 6. Joshua Givan 7. Wesley Kidinga 8. Ian Obukwa 9. Dennis Muteithia 10. Bryon Ogada 11. Teddy Okal 12. Dennis Odhiambo 13. Doughlas Sifuna 14. Archidius Kwesa 15. Allan Ominde

16. Edwin Mutoka/ Brian Kibui 17. Collins Obure 18. Sheldon Kahi 19. Litali Humphrey 20. Stormy Odhiambo 21. Obula John 22. Brian Kadenge

Dennis Gatuha
Once aspired to be a rugby player. Now writes about rugby players.
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