KCB, Kabras set for battle amid scramble for playoff spots


KCB RFC and Homeboyz players tussle for the ball during their Kenya Cup match at ...
(FILE)KCB RFC and Homeboyz players tussle for the ball during their Kenya Cup match at the KCB grounds in Ruaraka Nairobi on January 13, 2018. KCB RFC won 26-06. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Kabras Sugar RFC travel to the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday looking to do what no other Kenya Cup side has done this season; beat champions KCB RFC
  • Hosts KCB who are chasing a fourth title in three years could put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack should they claim the win

Kabras Sugar RFC travel to the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday looking to do what no other Kenya Cup side has done this season; beat champions KCB RFC.

Hosts KCB who are chasing a fourth title in three years could put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack should they claim the win.

The Bankers boast an imposing record over the visitors as they are yet to lose to the Millers since earning top flight promotion.

The scramble for playoff spots will come to fore in the penultimate round of the competition with Top Fry Nakuru RFC and Nondescripts RFC desperate to crack into the top six.

Charles Cardovillis’ men are in a bit of a rough patch following their shock defeat to Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC who climbed into second on the 12-team log as a result.

Resolution Kisii who failed to win their crucial tie against sixth-placed Strathmore Leos have a slim fighting chance to escape relegation as they play Kenya Harlequins RFC at the RFUEA Grounds.

Homeboyz will be out to tighten their grip on second with a win against already relegated Mombasa RFC at the Jamhuri Showground.

Stanbic Bank Mwamba RFC who is on the verge of relegation for the first time will be keen to avoid being relegated to the Championship with coach Kevin Wambua optimistic of a win against an in form Blak Blad at the Railways Sports Club.

Mwamba are placed 10th with 13 points already accumulated and the fixture against Blad will be a must win should they retain any hope escaping the chop.

Nakuru will have to overcome an elated Nondies at the Nakuru Athletic Club who has seen them retain their 10 points which were docked after fielding ineligible players.

Nakuru who have posted a cocktail of results this season are placed seventh with 18 points and are still hopeful of a playoffs spot with only two games left to the next stage.

Mitch Ocholla’s boys will entertain Nondies at the Nakuru Athletic Club with the visitors buoyed by news that the 10 points that had been docked from their tally have been reinstated.

Sixth-placed Leos are out of the relegation zone and a win for them against fourth placed Resolution Impala Saracens at the Impala grounds will confirm their qualifications of a playoffs spot.

Round 10 Fixtures

Saturday 24 February 2018

KCB v Kabras Sugar – KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka, Nairobi

Menengai Cream Homeboyz v Regional Logistics Mombasa – Jamhuri Park, Nairobi

Kenya Harlequins v Resolution Kisii – RFUEA, Nairobi

Stanbic Mwamba v Blak Blad – Railway Club, Nairobi

Resolution Impala Saracens v Strathmore – Impala Club, Nairobi

Top Fry Nakuru v Nondescripts – Nakuru Athletic Club, Nakuru

*All matches will kick off at 4.00pm unless stated otherwise.

 

Top Six Playoffs

Saturday 10 March 2018

Semifinals Saturday 17 March 2018

Final Saturday 24 March 2018

*NB the top two sides at the end of the Kenya Cup league phase earn direct qualification to the semifinals while the teams in positions 3-6 qualify for the Top Six playoffs from where the qualifiers to the semifinals are determined.

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