Western Bulls are set for their biggest match of the season on match day 14 of the 2019/20 Kenya Cup when they host fellow strugglers Kenya Harlequin on Sat Feb 15 at the Bull Ring.
Bulls sit 11th on 13 points while Quins are 10th on 17 points. A bonus point win over Quins -while denying the visitors any bonus- will see Bulls move to 10th and leapfrog Quins to 11th.
Reverse meeting at RFUEA in Nairobi saw Bulls bag a 19-21 victory after trailing 19-0 at the interval.
Quins however could move up if they are to win given Nondies (8th) host Blak Blad (9th) at Jamhuri Showground.
Quins’ next and final two matches are against Top Fry Nakuru at home and Menengai Oilers away with both Nakuru sides chasing playoffs.
Bulls host Homeboyz before heading to Top Fry Nakuru on the last day of the regular season.
“These three matches we have to do it. It’s now or never,” said Western Bulls head coach Solomon Obiero earlier this week.
Skipper Teddy Akala said “We have to try and beat Quins like we did in the first leg. If we beat them then pick points against Nakuru and Homeboyz we’ll be in a better place.”
Quins named Kenya 7s international Willy Ambaka on the bench with Dominic Osino at fullback, Lyle Asiligwa at fly-half and David Ambunya at second five-eighth.
15. Obiero Solomon 14. Derrick Ashiundu 13. Nixon Manduku 12. Brighton Bakasa 11. Eliab Barasa 10. Isaac Wafula 9. Allan Kasiti 1. Willies Mwinamo 2. Bretty Kamadi 3. Miller Oroto 4. Robert Awich 5. Lucky Opiyo 6. Andrew Odhiambo 7. Treasure Odundo 8. Teddy Akala
16. Kevin Manase 17. Brian Okute 18. Joseph Obiero 19. Collins Ogutu 20. Javan Osango 21. Derrick Lukale 22. Nygel Pattersan 23. Jeff Njite
15 - Dominic Osino 14 - Pius Shiundu 13 - Douglas Kahuri 12 - David Ambunya - VC 11 - Jacob Okumba 10 - Lyle Asiligwa 9 -Nick Ndegwa 1 - Elisha Koronya 2 - Brian Waraba 3 - Melvin Thairu 4 - Lloyd Kopondo 5 – Mike Onsando 6 - Herman Humwa 7 -Mark Omoding 8 - Patrice Agunda - C
16 - Boniface Ochieng 17 - Mike Mugo 18 - Ayub Kimutai 19 – Hillary Barasa 20 – David Ahawo 21 - Brighton Mwalawa 22 - Mike Ochieng 23 – Willy Ambaka
Venue: The Bull Ring
Competition: Kenya Cup
Referee: Victor Oduor
AR1: Tiberious Nyongesa
AR 2: Alumasa Bonfotra
First leg result: Kenya Harlequin 19 Western Bulls 21