Kabras Rugby will be hoping to end the win-less run against Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup defending Champions KCB Rugby as they face off on Saturday 27 March.
Head to head
The two Kenyan Rugby Giants have faced off three times in a final, two being Kenya Cup finals and one Enterprise Cup final.
All the finals and league encounters have ended in favour of KCB. The fine run extends the Lions unbeaten run against the Sugarmen who joined the top tier in 2014 to seven matches. Only on one occasion has Kabras managed to stop KCB, in the 2016/17 season which ended in 15-15 draw.
KCB 36-8 Kabras(Kenya Cup)
KCB 22-17 Kabras
Kabras 15-15 KCB
KCB 24-12 Kabras (2016 Enterprise final)
KCB 40-15 Kabras
KCB 27-3 Kabras (2015 Kenya Cup final)
Kabras 3-13 KCB
A win will see Curtis Olago charges bag a double like they did in 2015.It will be also their third straight Enterprise Cup triumph. Only Eldoret RFC, Impala Saracens and Nondescript have managed to win it three times in a row. Impala Saracens is the last club to have won the competition three times in a row (2000, 2001, 2002).
It will be KCB’s seventh appearance in this competition’s final and the fourth consecutive one in four years. In those six previous appearances only one occasion have they failed to win. They suffered a narrow loss of 18-13 to Nakuru RFC in 2014, a year later they beat Homeboyz 28-0 before beating Kabras last season.
En-route to the final, the five time Enterprise Champions beat Blak Blad 48-6 before eliminating Homeboyz by a 11-9 win to return to finals.
The side will miss the services of Darwin Mukidza alongside other seven key members of their squad who have been named in Kenya 15s. The team will welcome back Kenya 7s skipper Andrew Amonde who is available after the World 7s Series.
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The Sugarmen have been to the Enterprise final once where they lost to KCB. During their debut season they were eliminated in the pre-quarters before a Semifinal exit in 2015.
Kabras eliminated Nondescript after 50-11 win and then registered a slim 16-15 win over Impala Saracens for a second consecutive appearance in the final.
They will only miss George Nyambua who is with National team while Brian Tanga is set return to the squad.
With all their members set to be available for the clash, this match will offers the best chance for the Kakamega based side to end loosing streak against KCB.
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