Kenya Harlequin head coach Charles Cardovillis made up to four changes to his pack ahead of Saturday’s thriller against Kabras Sugar in the 10th round of the 2018/19 Kenya Cup at RFUEA, LIVE on Bamba Sport.
From the squad that beat Ngong RFC 80-3 in the Enterprise Cup, Loose-head Brian Obwaya hooker Frank Kalwale, tight-head Paul Kioko and lock Hilary Baraza replace Elisha Koronya, Edward Oseko, Melvin Thairu and Roxy Dan Suchi respectively.
Patrice AGunda and Herman Humwa are retained as the day’s blind and open flankers but there is a return for captain Peter Misango at number eight meaning George Scott, who scored a double against Ngong, drops to the bench.
Half-backs Dominic Osino and Eden Agero move from the bench to start as Willy Ambaka starts on the right wing, Iddi Kakai on the left wing, Frank Wanyama at inside centre, David Ambunya at midfield and Lyle Asiligwa at fullback.
Kenya Harlequins’ last Kenya Cup match was a 37-24 win over Ngong road rivals Impala Saracens while Kabras Sugar beat Mwamba RFC 46-15 in Kakamega.
"The table tells no tale, they(Kabras) are sitting on top. They are the best team in the Country at the moment," Cardovillis told Raga House after Saturday's 80-3 (Enterprise Cup win over Ngong RFC.
Kabras visit a Kenya Harlequin side that sits third with 31 points just four off second placed KCB and nine off the leaders.
"I'm expecting a very competitive game, they have a very good squad, really good athletes and we've got the same. We've developed a very strong squad here and with the athletes am expecting a classic match. We just need to focus on our structures and stop them from playing rugby and try and inflict first defeat of the season".
1. Brian Obwaya 2. Frank Kalwale 3. Paul Kioko 4. Hilary Baraza 5. Tony Mutai 6. Patrice Agunda 7. Herman Humwa 8. Peter Misango – C 9. Dominic Osino 10. Eden Agero 11. Willy Ambaka 12. Frank Wanyama 13. David Ambunya - VC 14. Iddi Kakai 15. Lyle Asiligwa
16. Edward Oseko 17. Elisha Koronya 18. Melvin Thairu 19. Roxy Dan Suchi 20. George Scott 21. Aaron Ofoywroth 22. Jaspher Ochen 23. Aluda Beda
ESS Quins II
1. John Okwara (C) 2. Brian Gitonga 3. Ayub Kimutai 4. Mike Onsando 5. George Odipo 6. Wayne Mung'ei 7. Levi Masika 8. Kevin Angote 9. Nicholas Ndegwa 10. Smith Muhoya – VC 11. Victor Olilo 12. Simeon Malaba 13. James McGreevy 14. Pius Shiundu 15. Matt Wanjia
16. Boniface Ochieng 17. Steve Biko 18. Mike Mugo 19. Brighton Mwalawa 20. Jarvis Bandi 21. Godfrey Okoth 22. Douglas Kahuri 23. Mike Ochieng