In mid-August, South African tactician Henly Du Plessis was appointed as the head coach at Kabras RFC, he started his reign officially in early September and on Saturday he will be in the dugout for the first competitive match as they welcome Mean Machine in the Kenya Cup opener.
The former Boland forwards coach says his immediate target is to start off the season on a high note. The coach is looking forward to a positive run in the opening five matches.
After the Christmas break, the coach will be keen to guide the side to earn the playoffs spot. Du Plessis has promised the Kabras enthusiasts running rugby in the coming season.
“Our first target is to do well in the first five matches of the season and from there we will be looking at qualifying for the playoffs. Once we get the playoffs we will now take a game at a time. It’s going to be a long season and one of the challenges is that Kabras will have travel for long distances for matches but the fans should expect running rugby and good rugby from the team,” Du Plessis told Scrummage.
The side has had only two friendly matches in the preseason with the opening clash being a 46-26 win over Menengai Oilers while the second match was a 38-12 win over Kisumu RFC. The coach is happy with the players’ performance in the matches and he is keen to watch how they will play in the Kenya Cup opener.
“The players did well in the two friendlies that we had. I was looking at having four friendlies before the Kenya Cup season but being new here and having brought in new structures we could only have two. The good thing is that we are starting our season with a home match so we will build up from there, he added.
On his stay in Kakamega, the coach admits that the first month was challenging but he has since adapted to the weather in the Western region.
“The first month was a bit difficult but I have finally adapted. It was a bit challenging being in a different country but I was able to settle in this town since I also come from a small place. I am now used to the rain and the heat at this place. The environment is so good here,” he concluded.
Du Plessis was brought in to replace Charles Cardovillis who left the club after just a season in charge.