Rugby: The Kenya Cup is faced with Covid-19 risks after the cancellation of two games: The standard sport
Kabras Sugar’s Felix Ayange (left) sprints past Brian Oyando of Kenya Harlequins during the Kenya Cup game in Nairobi.[Washington Onyango,Standard]
MUST shock Mwamba to get their first league win
Kabras Sugar warns teams after they recapture a man’s first place
Kabras Sugar RFC have issued strong warnings that they intend to regain the Kenya Cup title they last won four years ago after running against Kenya Harlequins over the weekend after playing one man less for more than 60 minutes .
The new Derrick Ashiundu was put on the red card early in the first half for a dangerous duel against Quins whore Boniface Ochieng, but Kabras prevailed against his numerical disadvantage and dominated the game. He scored seven tries after a hopeless Quins team.
The sugar mills sentenced Quins to their third campaign loss after a 43-5 drubbing to win back the top spot in the Kenya Cup with 15 points from Menengai Oilers, who were out of action that weekend.
Kabras head coach Mzingaye Nyathi said in an interview with Standard Sports that the win shows character and resilience in the team, although he plays less with one man.
Nyathi, who recorded his fourth win at Kabras (three leagues and a cup final), believes the win shows how hungry Kabras is looking to win the Kenya Cup.
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“Unbelievable. That was a high octane match that the team played in Nairobi. I’m glad that the boys improved their game and won the game despite the numerical disadvantage.”
“The character and the aggressiveness with which the team played show that we are not only at the top, but also a top team that wants to win every week. Although it is still early, we will play each game individually to win the trophy, ”said Nyathi.
The Zimbabwean tactician added that they will work on discipline after being fined for dangerous conduct.
Samuel Mbeche from MMUSTRugby and Polycarp Odipo (left) from Mwamba RFC in their Kenya Cup duel at the KCB Grounds. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]
“Discipline is especially important in big games. We were lucky today and I would like that to happen again, but all of this makes rugby an interesting game, ”added Nyathi.
The win earned them 15 points after earning bonus points in each of their last three games, as did defending champions KCB, who extended their Kenya Cup winning run to three games after beating Blak Blad 32-19 at KCB Sports Club, in which one Double was fought, had displaced headers.
Captain Curtis Lilako, full-back Isaac Njoroge, Martin Owila and substitute Shadon Munoko made the move to secure their third bonus point win for the bankers, keeping an eye on Kabras with a superior point difference of 120.
The Oilers drop to third on 11 points after missing this weekend’s action after their clash was postponed as Nakuru stayed fourth on nine points.
Blak Blad and Quins stay fifth after their defeats as Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST RFC) clinched their first-ever Kenya Cup victory after beating hosts Mwamba RFC 6-6 to fourth seven points climbed in the log.
Meanwhile, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) head Oduor Gangla has urged clubs to enforce and comply with Covid-19 prevention protocols after two Kenya Cup games were postponed over the weekend.
KRU confirmed 12 positive COVID-19 cases in the final round of testing, which resulted in the postponement of the Kenya Cup games between Nondescripts and Strathmore Leos and Menengai Oilers versus Resolution Impala Saracens.
“The positive players show no symptoms and have been given advice on how to deal with their recovery. With player and technical staff health a priority, it was in everyone’s best interest to postpone the games as we assess the situation, ”the union said.
KRU continues to have full confidence in the COVID-19 protocols and can continue to play other upcoming games as planned.
Kenya Cup ranking
1. Kabras Sugar 15 points
2. KCB 15 points
3. Menegai Oilers 11 points
4. Top Fry Nakuru 9 points
5. Blak Blad 7 points
6. Kenya Harlequin 7 points
7. MUST 0 points
8. Rock 2 points
9. Impala 1 point
10. Nondies 0 points
11. Strathmore Leos 0 points