At the close of Kenya Cup week 13 games, Kabras stands at the top of the table. Impressive, after an energetic and exciting regular season where several teams have looked formidable.
With 12 wins and a loss that brings them to a total of 60 points, it is a great yield as the season nears a conclusion. With KCB at a close second with a point difference even though they too have 12 wins and a single loss thus far, the battle to be ‘tops’ is still up for grabs.
Points difference maybe, yet over 150 points more than your nearest rivals, it will take a big effort to slow the Sugar Daddies, who stay strong yet again in 2020.
Top of the Table – Kenya Cup Week 13
With three weeks left of the games, the fixtures have both the ‘Sugar Daddies’ and ‘Bankers’ without a chance to redeem themselves; in terms of rematches against losses to Homeboys and Kabras, respectively.
This (in its way) ensures that both may finish top of the table and that implies we might see them glide through to the semifinals. They have each proven mighty.
As for the rest of the teams, the standings may vary slightly with the three games they each have left.
‘Best of the Rest’ for Cup competition 2019/20
The two teams whose standings might be affected the most in the next three rounds, are TopFry Nakuru and Stanbic Mwamba RFC. They are placed sixth and seventh respectively, with a four-point difference on the table.
Only six teams progress to the playoffs so, those four points might be the only thing stopping Mwamba from going to the playoffs in place of Nakuru.
Over the new few matches, that situation could change.
It is, however, important to note that Kisumu RFC and Nondescripts RFC were unable to play their game on account of Kisumu being involved in an accident on their way to Nairobi for the match which left some players with injuries. This means that Kisumu; which is at the bottom of the table with only one win at hand and Nondies placed 8th both have four matches left.
However, even with four matches left their positions on the table may not change and therefore might see Kisumu relegated at the end of the season, along with the Western Bulls – in the Kenya Cup, both 11th and 12th placed sides drop down to the Championship.
Playoffs prospects after Kenya Cup Week 13 placings
If the table remains as is was after Kenya Cup week 13 action, then Menengai Cream Homeboys, Resolution Impala Saracens, Menengai Oilers, and Topfry Nakuru will be battling it out for the available two positions in the semifinals.
- In Kenya Cup, the top two qualifying sides enjoy a bye round, while the preliminary semifinals matches are played.
The regular-season games end on February 29, which is a perfect way to end the month seeing that it started with an amazing rugby weekend. A leap year, as well as a leap from ‘waiting for’ to being completely prepared for the post-season.
Kenya Cup 2019-2020 | Predictions Game Day 14 | KCB +19 Tries-Bonus | Homeboyz +17 Tries-Bonus | Bulls +5 Harlequin Loss- Bonus | Kabras +19 Tries-Bonus | Nondies +7 Blad Loss-Bonus | Mwamba +15 | Visiting teams are most likely to win except Harlequin & Blad pic.twitter.com/aFv1fLai4D
— Denis Half-Acre (@AcreHalf) February 12, 2020
The playoffs, scheduled for March 14 followed by the semifinals on the 21st of the same month. All being well, sides will set themselves for an April 4th Cup Final weekend.
This will then bring the Kenya Cup 2019-2020 season to a close. Follow all the action from Mcee Azutopshutter, and Last Word on Rugby.
“Main photo credit – Denis Acre-Half”