Sugar Millers turn attention to Kenya Cup semi-final play-offs after Impala fail to show up

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 00:00 |
Kabras Sugar winger Derrick Ashiundu beats Harlequin defense to draw first blood during Sisimka Cup at the Nyayo National Stadium. Photo/PD/Alex Njue

Kabras Sugar finished their regular season unbeaten and are set to feature in their sixth consecutive semis since their 2014/15 season promotion pending their next opponent confirmation on Wednesday.

The Sugar Millers expressed their disappointment after Impala Saracens failed to show up on Saturday for a crucial Round 15 match that was set to prepare them ahead of their upcoming semi-final match.

After the side earned a walkover that concluded their regular rounds unbeaten, Kabras captain Dan Sikuta revealed their secret to staying unbeaten alongside their frustration after Kenya Rugby Union cancelled the 2019/20 season when they were just about to reclaim the title surrendered to KCB in 2019.

“Yes we are a bit frustrated by Impala failing to show up for the match because at such a level you don’t back down and also because it was a crucial match we intended to use for our preparations for the play-offs.

Anyway we earned the five points from the walkover and that was our primary target so we now shift focus to our next incoming opponent,” Sikuta told People Sports.

“Our secret had everything to do with doing the basics right and following instructions.

“Covid-19 pandemic last season brought things to a halt and we were deeply disappointed by the union cancelling the season but now we have a chance to fight but first our focus is on the semi-finals. we must win that one to advance to host the finals.” 

This Wednesday, three postponed fixtures will be played as the race to have all the 11 teams play a total of 10 fixtures intensifies before the league fixtures committee can give the Kenya Rugby Union green lights to proceed with the play-offs plans.

The playoffs heat was felt in the 14th round at three venues where only Kenya Harlequin rose to the occasion to dismantle their visitors 46-15 at the RFUEA grounds whereas their Ngong Road neighbours Nondescripts were whipped 13-10 by Oilers after a 10-10 half time stalemate.

Away in Nandi, Strathmore Leos overcame Masinde Muliro University 34-12 to earn a crucial bonus point that has placed side by side with Harlequin.

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