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Worst defensive records in Kenya Cup since 2014


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In the last six seasons, 12 teams have been relegated, KCB have been crowned Champions four times while Kabras have bagged one title in the period.

Scrummage takes a look at teams that struggled in terms of defence in each season since 2014/15:

2014/15 

Catholic Monks-Points conceded 773 

Mombasa-Points conceded   644

Monks were ushered into the top tier with a 112-6 beating in the hands of the then Kenya Cup holders Nakuru. Their worst loss of the season came on matchday 10 as they went down 116-0 to Strathmore Leos. The students conceded over 50 points in eight of the 13 matches played that season.  The Karen based side got relegated at the end of the season having won one match and lost 12.

Mombasa who finished bottom that season let in 644 points. They started the season with a 45-0 defeat to Strathmore Leos. On matchday two, KCB handed them a 94-3 beating which turned out to be their worst defeat that season.  Western Bulls 84-0, Nakuru 85-5 and Impala Saracens 84-6 managed over 80 points past the Coastal side. Blad conceded 497 while Machine let in 438 that season.

2015/16

Bungoma Sharks -Points conceded 1424

Thika – Points conceded 941

In the last six seasons, Bungoma Sharks holds the worst defensive record in Kenya Cup, the side conceded 1424 points in 19 matches. Sharks kicked off the Kenya Cup campaign with an 87-3 loss to Kabras, a 64-5 and 86-0 loss to Impala and Strathmore followed. Even the 2015/16 mid-table teams such as Blak Blad, Mean Machine and Nondies did not spare them.

Five matches saw them concede more than 100 points; Impala (121-10 Away), Kabras (107-0 Home), Nakuru (110-15 Home, Kenya Harlequins (103 -0) and their worst loss of the season was a 143-0 defeat in the hands of Homeboyz. The Club got relegated after having lost all the 19 matches.

Thika were also relegated after 17 defeats, a draw and a win. Their worst loss was a 97-0 against Kenya Harlequin on matchday three of season. At the end of the campaign, they had conceded 941. Blad conceded 655,  Machine 654, Nondies 553 and Western Bulls 418.  The four were all in the bottom six.

2016/17

Machine -Points conceded 530

Strathmore -Points conceded 504

Mean Machine were relegated for the first time at the end of the 2016/17 campaign. It was a season where they suffered 14 defeats. A 70-0 loss to KCB was their worst defeat of the season. Eshichuma had started the season with a narrow loss to the then defending Champions Kabras.  Six Matches saw the side concede over 40 points in that season.

Strathmore Leos had the second-worst defence conceding 504 points but they were not in the danger zone. Blak Blad let in 485 points and Western Bulls roped in 461 points.

Mean Machine’s Reuben Oroko in action against Egerton Wasps. Photo Courtesy/Shujaa Pride.

2017/18

Mombasa- Points conceded 691

Despite the 2017/18 being one of the shortest seasons to allow Kenya Simbas start World Cup Qualifiers early, Mombasa conceded 691 points in just 11 matches.  Homeboyz handed them the worst loss of the season ( 121-11). Other heavy losses came against Kabras 77-3, Impala 77-0, Nakuru 55-5, Kenya Harlequins 80-0 and KCB 60-0.

Kisii conceded 353 points that season, they became the first side in the period of six years to be relegated having conceded less than 400 points.

2018/19

Strathmore – points conceded 502

Machine – Points conceded 462

In 2018/19 Strathmore Leos 11-year stay in the top tier came to an end. The Students suffered 13 losses, picked one draw and won two matches. The side allowed in 502 points in the campaign. After narrow losses in the opening three matches, Kabras handed them a 62-13 defeat. A 47-25 loss to Mwamba, KCB 53-8, Kenya Harlequins 41-23 and Kabras 54-7 were some of the losses which saw them let in more than 40 points.

In that season, Machine were relegated for the second time after finishing bottom. It was a season where they conceded 462 points.  Kenya Harlequins, Kabras (twice), KCB and Mwamba scored over 40 points past the students.

2019/20 

Kisumu -Points conceded-738

Western Bulls -Points conceded 509

Kisumu RFC shipped in 738 points by the end of the 2019/20. The season started with an 89-0 loss to Kabras (Worst loss) and eight matches saw them conceded over 50 points. In the season, the side bagged just one win in 16 games of the regular season.

Western Bulls conceded 509 points in the 16 matches played in the season.  Only Homeboyz scored over 50 points past the Kakamega based side. The loss ended Westen Bulls stay in the top tier.

Kisumu RFC players hurdle during Championship final against Bulls. Photo Courtesy/ Denis Acre-half.

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