T Top Fry Nakuru
Nakuru put in the work ahead of Machine's visit
By Eric Njiru | Wed 12 Dec, 2018 11:53

Top Fry Nakuru intesfied their training on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's Kenya Cup fourth round against Mean Machine at Nakuru Atheltics Club.

Nakuru head to the match after a 42-22 win over Blak Blad which has obvisoly brought positive vibes to the club. Before Blad, they had lost 50-8 to rivals Kabras Sugar.

Head Coach Mitch Ochola says they are fine-tuning on handling and tackling as Machine clash looms. 

"We are focusing on our skill becauce one of the thongs we believe is our skill is a bit wanting, we really focusing on handling, tackling and breakdown stuff. We believe this is the period we won't to do for five weeks, do a late pre-season and move into that."

They take on a Mean Machine side that has had mixed results in the new season. They picked a losing bonus last weekend against Impala Saracens going down 19-22. 

"Machine is very dangerous side when they get the ball. One of things we have to do it deny them the ball, we looked at the set-piece and what they have. We have a good chance of taking them on that front," Ochola told Raga House after Tuesday's training in Nakuru. 

"The key thing is how you want to control the game esp using our forwards and mostly how we want to tackle put them in the half."

Nakuru's start to the 2018/19 Kenya Cup season has seen them pick two wins(Blak Blad and Strathmore) and lose two(Impala and Kabras).

Ochola believes the start "is positive. The results tikling on weekly basis shows the clubs are prepared for the season. Only leaving Kabras and Impala unbeaten. I think the quality of rugby has gone up.

"We are focusing on getting maximum points in whatever we do, the only one we didn't do that was against Kabras which we discussed at length and the boys understand what we need to do much better."

"Our conditioning is something which we are looking at so that we can back in January and give our best shot when it comes to making the playoffs."

Nakuru has lost big names in recent days leaving a young side donning gree-yellow-black shirts and Ochola says he has to work with what he has as he looks to developing more players for the future. 

"This is a young side, most of ours so-called older players basically hanged the boot or not coming for training. We trust the youth that we have. I believe in development and Nakuru also supports that.

"What is positive is we are able to collect six extra points which we didn't collect last season. We didn't beat Strathmore last season, we didn't pick a bonus against KU and the fact that we lost with a bonus to Impala those are points we didn't get last time season so we are feeling we have a chance of getting to the playoff."

"The most important thing is to grind any points that we get every weekend. If we can get the maximum we get it, if we don't get a maximum we make sure we put something on the board."

The match against Machine kicks-off at 4pm on Saturday. 

Eric Njiru
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