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Silent Western Bulls restructures for new season
By Patrick Korir | Fri 21 Sep, 2018 19:24

Since missing out on an immediate bounce back to the Kenya Cup after an 18-0 loss to Mean Machine in the semis of the second tier KRU Championship in April, little has been heard of Western Bulls.

That April loss at the UoN grounds saw Machine, with whom they were relegated with from the Kenya Cup the season before, make a quick return to top tier rugby as Bulls were left to plan for it for yet another year.

Also read Machine promoted back to Kenya Cup

The club, best known as Echulusi, went on a low since then and even missed the entire six-part National Sevens Circuit played from July to September.

Their absence spun the rumor mills, and many have misconstrued their silence to mean death of the club. According to former player and current team manager Bram Shikanda there is little truth in that conclusion.

"Since the playoffs we went into a restructuring process that partly meant missing out on the sevens season. We wanted to fully concentrate on the upcoming 15s season and have a second stab at Kenya Cup return at the end of the season," said Shikanda

"The club is already preparing for the same and is a month into preseason under Coach Howard Okwemba,"

"As we train we are also revamping the playing unit by attracting players from largely within the area for possible inclusion to the squad." he added

Bulls lost their four-year Kenya Cup tag in March 2017 after going down 30-14 to Kabras Sugar at the Kakamega Showground. 

The next KRU Championship season kicks off on Saturday 17 November and Bulls have been handed the task of orienting promoted Kitale RFC with a home game in their starting game.

As was the case last year, 12 teams will be taking part under a retained structure. The participants are in two pools of six teams each playing home and away fixtures within their pool and a crossover fixture against sides from the other pool before. At the end of the season the top six head for playoffs.

Western Bulls headline a tough pool B that also has Kisumu RFC, Kisii RFC, University of Eldoret (UoE) as well as two promoted nationwide sides Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technlogy (MMUST) and Kitale RFC.

USIU, Catholic University, Mombasa RFC, South Coast Pirates, Egerton University and Ngong RFC are in pool A.

Patrick Korir
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