Nandi Bears club to host first Kenya Cup league match

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 00:00 |
Nondescripts inside center Samuel Motari (left) is tackled by Isaac Wafula of Kenya Harlequins during their Ngong road derby on July 17 at the RFUEA grounds. Nondies won 18-5 (2). Photo/PDALEX NJUE

Nandi Bears Club is expected to host a Kenya Cup league double header for the first time ever as the campaign enters into its 10th round with five confirmed matches on a weekend where Impala Saracens will be resting as they reflect on their shock 21-12 loss to MMUST last weekend.

Three matches will be held in Nairobi in two venues with Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) hosting a double header from 1pm where Strathmore Leos is scheduled to play Nakuru RFC in the first match before Nondies clash with Blakblad in the second fixture at the same venue. The other fixture will be at Ruaraka pitting reigning champions KCB against Mwamba from 3pm.

“We are still ticking the same boxes on our objectives list, our mistakes against Harlequins were fewer and that is a sign that the team has started coming together, which is what we wanted, having younger players on the team and making them click,” Nondies coach Foxy Oja told Wikendi Sports.

He added: “There is still so much to work on because our previous performance is not the kind that will get us a win against strong opponents but a win is a win and that is our target when we play Blakblad next.”

At Nandi Bears the matches will kick-off early because of weather. Kenya Harlequins play MMUST at 12pm while the second match between Kabras Sugar and Menengai Oilers kick-off at 2pm.

Harlequins will be on the spot coming off a 5-18 loss to Nondescripts at home last weekend and the squad is today expected to deliver a win against a cunning MMUST side who beat their neighbours Impala 21-12 at the Impala Club last weekend.

Against the students, make shift head coach Patrice Agunda who took over from Antoine Plasman after his exit following internal restructuring, will hope his boys will play aggressive rugby to bounce back to winning ways.

Quins are currently placed seventh on the log and has a chance to climb three places on the log should Strathmore and Nakuru tie.

“We had a couple of challenges but other than failing to utilize our opportunities we lacked urgency and we need to work on it and play a bit more aggressive rugby in our next match,” Agunda told Wikendi Sports after losing 18-5 to Nondescripts in round nine.

Currently placed second on the log with 25 points after five straight bonus wins, Kabras need a win against Oilers in the second match to boost their attempt to return to the log summit also courtesy of a pending match to par with KCB who are just 3 points ahead. 

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