Two games, one venue, four teams and lots of rugby banter from all fans – including those whose teams didn’t make it to the finals. But it all went the way of the favourites KCB and Kabras, who will compete for the Kenya Cup final this weekend.
It was an amazing playoffs weekend, as most fans had anticipated this day with all their might, as the KRU competition entered the second last week of Kenya Cup action.
The results brought tears of joy to supporters, as two sides placed one hand each on the biggest prize in Kenyan club rugby.
AS we Prepare for #AFCON2019 Also we Invite you for the greatest Rugby Ever at @County037 The Host @RfcKabras will be crushing the Lion Den @kcbrugby on 18.05.2019 Time: 1545hrs.#TwendeTujazeShowGround pic.twitter.com/TxdkqNO2AY
— Raphael Andez Mutua (@ItsAndez) May 14, 2019
Mcee Azutopshutter breaks down the Semifinals action
The first semis were hosted by the ‘Sugar Daddies’ at the jungle. where they kept their winning streak alive. Not so easy as some thought though, only defeating RFamily 23-11 in a game that kept everyone on their feet, as the two teams locked heads.
Kabras scored two tries and three penalties while Mwamba got one try and scored two penalties.
In the other playoff were the defending champions KCB Rugby, who faced the Kenya Harlequins in a ‘somewhat one-sided affair’. Everything went their way (see main photo from local photographer Denis Acre-Half) as they hammered the Quins 46-13.
The try scorers for KCB were the highly regarded Andrew Amonde(2), Isaac Njoroge(2), Griffin Musila and Peter Karia, who all went over for the Kenya Commercial Bank RFC, with Jacob Ojee booting six points.
Peter Misango and Eden Agero scored Quins’ two tries, with Eric Shikuku splitting the posts with a three-pointer as the quin’s side just couldn’t match the ‘bankers’ for a third time this season.
— Stanbic Mwamba (@MwambaRFC) May 11, 2019
The positive results were not only for the finalists. Every one of the playoff sides, and all teams in the 2018/19 Kenya Cup can be congratulated for another brilliant season.
Who will challenge for the 2019 Kenya Cup final
The curtain will fall on the Kenya Cup 2018/19 season on Saturday May 18. After a solid 18 weeks of rugby XVs action across the country; from Nairobi to Nakuru and Kakamega. This weekend, Kabras Sugar RFC and KCB RFC will face off in the season finale – for the third year running
KCB and Kabras have met in the last two finals, with KCB winning both matches. It was 29-24 in 2018, and 36-8 in 2017, with both matches being hosted by KCB.
To make a change, for the first time Kabras will host the final and hope to take the cup for the second time, after winning 2015/16 season [beating Impala Saracens].
Kenya Cup final – Match Officials
The Kenya Rugby Referees Association has appointed the experienced Moses Ndung’u to take charge of the final. Moses will have sideline assistant refs Constant Cap and Godwin Karuga to support him, in this crucial final.
This is one Kenya Cup final that nobody wants to talk about but, just wait for finals day, to prove how many fans enjoy the match.
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) May 15, 2019
All roads will head to Kakamega Showground on Saturday. Gladly for those who cannot be there in person, national broadcaster Bamba Sports will air the Kenya Cup final live.
May the best team win….. or as we say in Kenya “Iko Mechi !!!”
“Main photo credit – Denis Acre-Half”