Kenya Cup round three will see four clubs, Impala Saracens, KCB, Homeboyz and Blak Blad which have had a strong start fight to protect their winning run.
Nakuru RFC, Kenya Harlequins will be chasing the second win of the season while Mwamba, Mombasa and Nondies chase for the maiden win of the season.
Kabras vs Nakuru (Rai Derby)
These two sides have met seven times in the Kenya Cup and Kabras have four wins against Nakuru’s three. Last season, Nakuru won the first leg 19-17 while Kabras picked a 19-15 win in the return leg. This clash has been always tight, with five of past clashes being won by less than a five point margin. It’s only in 2015/16 season where the first meeting was won by a 11 point gap (ended 16-5 in favour of Nakuru) while the second tie was won by a seven point gap (33-26 win for Kabras).
For the third time in a row the Sugarmen will be in their own backyard and they will be hoping to register the third straight win of the season. Though the side has conceded first in the last two clashes, they have come from behind to register 29-22, and 44-13 wins over Mwamba RFC and Strathmore Leos. Being a derby a strong start and a strong finish will be key for the Kabras. Coleman Were and Charlton Mokua who face their former side in this clash.
Visitors Nakuru will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s huge loss to Kenya Harlequins. Mitch Ocholla’s side fell to quins with a scoreline of 46-19. Wanyore love winning in Kakamega, all the three wins that Nakuru has in this Derby have come while playing at Kakamega Showground. It is only on one occasion that the Nakuru based side has failed to beat Kabras while playing at Kakamega Showground (in 2015/16 playoff, Kabras won 16-15). Their main aim will be to register the first win on the road this season.
Homeboyz vs Impala Saracens (Wekesa Cup)
This clash has been dubbed Wekesa Cup in memory of their departed players Andrew and Peter Wekesa. Last season, Impala and Homeboyz faced off twice and the gazelles won the Jamhuri Park clash 42-39. Homeboyz then avenged the loss with a 41-13 win at Impala Sports club.
The last two Kenya Cup matches this season have seen Impala collect 10 points. The started off with the season journey by beating Mombasa 48-0 and managed to hold on to the top spot after a 30-12 win over Mwamba RFC last Saturday.
Homeboyz are placed third with 10 points too. They edged Kenya Harlequins 41-39 in the opening tie and got their second win by beating Nondies 29-21. Mohammed Omollo, Israel Soi and Kevin Ochami will have a chance to face their former side Impala.
Kenya Harlequins vs Mwamba
The last Kenya cup meeting between this two sides was on match day 12 of the 2016/17 and Mwamba picked a 15-7 win over Quins.
Quins have one win so far. The win came on match-day two where they thrashed Nakuru 46-19 at the RFUEA. The win came five days after they narrowly lost to Homeboyz.
Mwamba have suffered two straight losses. They will be hoping to avoid the third one as they play at RFUEA Grounds. Kulabu losses came against Kabras (29-22) and to Impala (30-22).
KCB vs Blak Blad
The defending champions KCB walloped the Kenyatta University side 47-0 last season as they hosted them KCB Sports Club.
The Bankers are favourites in this clash. Curtis Olago’s charges started off their campaign with a 27-0 triumph over Strathmore Leos and moved second on the league standings after whipping Kisii 33-6.
Blad on the other hand have had an impressive start this season.They have picked two wins from the last two opening ties. Michael Otieno’s side edged Nondies 8-0 on day one and beat Mombasa 22-10 on day two.
Nondies vs Mombasa
This will be the first meeting between this sides in Kenya Cup. They were to clash in 2014/15 season but Mombasa failed to honour the clash and Nondies were awarded a walk over with 20 points.
Coming to this clash, Nondies target will be to end their winless run. They started the season with a shocking 8-0 loss to Blak Blad and fell to Homeboyz in the second tie.
Mombasa’s search for the first win is still on, the coastal side failed to register a single win in the 2014/15 season. This season they have already lost two matches. The side lost 48-0 to Impala and fell 22-10 to visiting Blak Blad.