South African magic propel Kabras to new heights


Part of the action between Blak Blad RFC and Kabras RFC players during their Kenya ...
(FILE)Part of the action between Blak Blad RFC and Kabras RFC players during their Kenya Cup match played at Kenyatta University grounds in Nairobi on March 03, 2018. Kabras won 52-03. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Kabras Sugar RFC are unbeaten after eight rounds of Kenya Cup matches. In fact the Kakamega based side has been the inform team so far destroying opponents with ease and panache.
  • From rock solid defence, to a ruthless attack, Kabras have it all.  They have attained 360 points, conceded 66 to have a goal difference of 294 points, guiding them atop the log, leaving the chasing pack with a lot of work to do.
  • Kabras with 40 points have bagged a bonus in each of their last eight matches which no other team has achieved.

Kabras Sugar RFC are unbeaten after eight rounds of Kenya Cup matches. In fact the Kakamega based side has been the inform team so far destroying opponents with ease and panache.

From a rock solid defence, to a ruthless attack, Kabras have it all.  They have attained 360 points, conceded 66 to have a goal difference of 294 points, guiding them atop the log, leaving the chasing pack with a lot of work to do.

Kabras with 40 points have bagged a bonus in each of their last eight matches which no other team has achieved.

This Saturday they spoil for yet another eternal fight at the RFUEA ground – the spiritual home of Kenyan rugby – against Kenya Harlequins, coached by their former head coach Charles Cardovillis, a tough opposition for that matter!

 This Saturday,Kabras will spoil for yet another eternal fight at the RFUEA ground – the spiritual home of Kenyan rugby – against Kenya Harlequins, coached by their former head coach Charles Cardovillis, a tough opposition for that matter.PHOTO/Sportpicha/Citizen

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But what makes Kabras tick? In the team are three South Africans – loose forward Johanes Claude, utility back Logan Basson and centre Enzo Foutie– who have all been  instrumental to their stormy run.

Foutie sustained a knee injury, but his absence hasn’t been felt as another South African, Mario Wilson from Tygerberg RFC, ably stepped up .

So enterprising have the South Africans been to the team with some arguing they have formed the base of Kabras success.

Winger Wilson has particularly been in the limelight for the Henley Du Plessis charges, his highlight match being against Menengai Oilers in a round six Kenya Cup clash where he brilliantly scored a hat trick helping his team to a 41-5 win, to bag the man of the match award.

His side-steps and runs in the flanks has helped him score tries in every match he has been involved in, making him one of Kabras regulars, a key plank in the team no doubt.

Playing all the Kabras Sugar matches this season, fly-half Logan Basson has also been strongly involved,  and scoring multiple tries with his accurate passes moreso while involved in a one- two play offensively.

His perfect sensational kicks helped his team end Impala Saracens unbeaten run scoring three penalties in their 42-10 win against Frank Ndong’s charges.

Impala Saracens RFC team before their Kenya Cup league match held at Impala Club in Nairobi, Kenya on February 20, 2016. Impala Saracens won the Floodlit title on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Photo/ Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com
Impala Saracens RFC team before their Kenya Cup league match held at Impala Club in Nairobi, Kenya on February 20, 2016. Impala Saracens won the Floodlit title on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Photo/ Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha/ Citizen

On the other hand, the presence of loose forward Johannes Claude has helped in completing a lethal South African bond consisting of Mario and Logan, with the trio finding it easy to all register their names on the scrore-sheet whenever they play together.

They have been so meticulous. Articulate. Precise. Many now attribute Kabras fairy-tale run to the South African magic.

Claude’s strong approach to game play has helped Kabras win possession especially during the scrums.

And with their team roaring from all quarters, Wilson has backed their tactician’s call to have the gong head to Kakamega, the team’s base, at the end of the season.

 “Our target is to bring Kabras back to its glory days. After being in the finals for the last two seasons, this year we want to help our team bring the Kenya Cup back to Kakamega, ” Charged Wilson.

Speaking ahead of their round nine match set for this Saturday at the RFEUA ground against Kenya Harlequins, ex-Western Province fly-half Basson believes they’ll not only win the weekend encounter, tipped to be a tough duel, but also bag the ultimate prize at the end of it all.

Kabras Sugar RFC coach Henley Du Plessis instructs his charges against Blak Blad RFC during their Kenya Cup match played at Kenyatta University ground on November 24, 2018. Kabras Sugar RFC won 37-10. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

“It will be a difficult game against Quins having in mind they’ll be coming for us, so we just need to keep our composure, play as a team and follow our coaches’ instructions and structures to get the win.

“We’re enjoying playing rugby, and it’s also a nice experience playing in Kenya,” he added.

His sentiments were echoed by Claude Johannes.

“The guys here gave us a warm welcome, settling in was a bit difficult but the guys made us feel at home and honestly in Kakamega its brotherhood.”

Kenya Cup 2019 table Standings

  1. Kabras Sugar              40
  2. KCB                              35
  3. Kenya Harlequins     31
  4. Nondiescripts            23
  5. Mwamba                    22
  6. Homeboyz                 21
  7. Impala Saracens      20
  8. Top Fry Nakuru       16
  9. Menengai Oilers      13
  10. Blaq Blad                  11
  11. Strathmore Leos     10
  12. Mean Machine          5

 

 

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