Sarries to test Bulls ‘to the limit’ in Kenya Cup


Kevin Ochami (with ball) of Resolution Impala Saracens is tackled by Isaac Adimo of Kenya ...
Kevin Ochami (with ball) of Resolution Impala Saracens is tackled by Isaac Adimo of Kenya Harlequins during their Kenya Cup round 5 tie at the Impala Grounds on December 03, 2016. Harlequins RFC won 28-10. Photo/ Skarra Abayomi/Sportpicha/Citizen

Western Bulls will host Kenya Cup finalists Impala Saracens on matchday 12 with Sarries’ Head Coach Howard Okwemba saying he wants his team to play ‘total rugby’ on Saturday.

The Sarries bounced back from a run of two consecutive defeats against struggling Mean Machine following their 46-6 win last weekend but Okwemba insists they are yet to hit top gear.

“We expect to see a bulky forward from the opponents so what we have to do is go back and do a bit of game plan to counter their play. We know they have a very good backline but we’ll test them to the limit,” Okwemba said.

Despite staring at relegation, Okwemba avoided talk of the drop as they hobble towards the end of the season.

Bulls, who lost 31-16 to Quins on match day 11, are 11th in the league with 9 points and stuck in the relegation zone alongside Mean Machine as championship rugby beckons.

He said that at the moment they are not talking about that, up to the last day it’s when they can say about it.

“For now we still have some games at hand and we are looking to get points from all other games before us”.

“Against Quins, the boys played well, little bit of inexperience but it comes by playing but overall I think we did a bit well. Playing at Quins and getting points it’s a plus for us”. He added.

Strathmore Leos play leaders KCB who remain the only unbeaten Kenya Cup this season with the clash moved to Jamhuri Park from the initial Madaraka grounds.

This match kicks off at 2.00pm (+3GMT) and will be part of a double header that will see hosts Nondescripts take on Top Fry Nakuru in the 4.00pm (+3GMT) kick off.

Champions Kabras Sugar Head Coach Mike Bishop sent a message of goodwill to his team ahead of the 12th round of the Kenya Cup against Black Blad at the Kenyatta University.

Bishop has been away from Kabras as he is currently in Australia with his family but he expects to return soon as the league nears playoffs stage.

Mean Machine will be without Reuben Oroko who has been handed a four-week ban for a red card he received during a Kenya Cup game against KCB on Saturday January 21, 2017, as they host Menengai Cream Homeboyz at the UON grounds.

Mwamba host Kenya Harlequins at the Railway Club grounds.

 

MATCH DAY 12 FIXTURES

SATURDAY

Western Bulls v Resolution Impala Saracens – 4.00pm, Kakamega High School

Mwamba v SportPesa Quins – 4.000pm, Railway Club

Mean Machine v Menengai Cream Homeboyz – 4.00pm, UoN

Blak Blad v Kabras Sugar – 4.00pm, Kenyatta University

Strathmore Leos v KCB – 2.00pm, Jamhuri Park

Nondescripts v Top Fry Nakuru – 4.00pm, Jamhuri Park

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