KENYA CUP

KCB’s 2018 triumphant Journey

19 matches in the longer version, retaining the Kenya Cup title and Floodies, and a consistent run in the National 7s Circuit was how KCB’s year was.

Curtis Olago’s charges won 16 matches, drew once, lost two of the 19 played in 2018.  The loses came in the Enterprise Cup semis and Kenya Cup 2018/19 season. They scored 558 points and conceded 219.

Retaining 

The Bankers managed to retain 2017/18 Kenya Cup title without a loss. Only Impala came close to picking a win, but the clash ended in a 9-9 draw.  The draw came a week after the Bankers drubbed Kabras RFC 41-12 on matchday 10. They confirmed their prowess by beating Impala and Kabras once again in the semis and finals to retain the title.

A month later, KCB relinquished the Enterprise Cup following a 12-10 loss to Homeboyz in the semi-finals of the competition. It was their first loss in the 2018 and the first since March 2017 (in all competitions) their last loss was against Impala 27-24 Impala Club.

KCB players hurdle ahead of the Impala Floodlit tournament against Mwamb

In late September, the Kenya Cup Champions made a return to South Africa for another high-performance training camp. The Ruaraka based side returned to the country and launched their Impala Floodlit title defence by beating Mwamba RFC 25-10.

Their fine run continued as they outplayed Homeboyz for a 34-10 win which saw them return to the finals. In the finals, Impala pushed them to the wall, but KCB stood tall and beat Gazelles 20-18. The win saw them bag the seventh Impala Floodlit title in 14 years.

KCB then started the 2018/19 season by beating Nakuru based side Menengai Oilers 27-5 in the seasons’ opener.  Their 10 months Unbeaten run in Kenya Cup came to an end after a 27-22 loss to Nondies. The defeat marked their first loss in Kenya Cup since March 2017.  Olago’s charges responded to the defeat with a 33-13 and 22-13  win over Mwamba and Quins respectively. KCB ended the year on a high beating Homeboyz 34-15 to move second on the 2018/19 Kenya Cup log.

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Just like the previous season, KCB dominated the numbers in the National Team as they contributed seven players to Kenya Simbas squad that headed to France for the Repechage.

In the National 7s Circuit which ran between the July 22 and September 16,  the Bankers finish third overall after playing in five semi-finals of the six legs. The side, however, failed to reach the finals despite the five semifinal appearances.

After the circuit, Andrew Amonde, Shaban Ahmed, Vincent Onyala, Arthur Owira were called up to the National team training squad. Onyala went on to feature for Kenya Morans in the Safari 7s and also featured for Kenya 7s at Cape Town and scored five tries.

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Key Numbers in 2018 for KCB

1-Number of draws
2- losses
3- Number of titles
7- Players who made it to the National team squad for Repechage
16- Wins
19- Matches played
60-0 biggest win of the year (Mombasa)
84.21% win percentage in the year
219- Points conceded
558- Points scored

2018/19 season

KCB 34-15  Homeboyz
Quins 13-22 KCB
KCB 33-13 Mwamba
Nondies 27-22 KCB
KCB 27-5  Menengai Oilers

Floodies

KCB 20-18 Impala
KCB 34-10 Homeboyz
KCB 25-10 Mwamba
Enterprise Cup
KCB 10-12 Homeboyz
KCB  53-7 Mwamba

Kenya Cup Final
Saturday 24 March 2018

KCB 29-24 Kabras Sugar

Kenya Cup Semis
KCB 15-0 Impala

2017/18 Regular season
KCB 9-9 Impala
KCB 41-12 Kabras
Mombasa 0-60 KCB
KCB 28-6 Nondies
KCB 43-17 Quins
Mwamba 15-27 KCB
KCB 26-6 Homeboyz

National 7s Circuit run

Fourth place: Prinsloo

KCB 10-12 Impala

Third Place- Sepetuka 
KCB 15-7 Nondies

Kabeberi Third place- Kabeberi

KCB 22-5 Kenya Harlequin

Third place- Driftwood  

KCB 14-7 Homeboyz

Fourth place-Dala

Impala 12-7 KCB

Fifth place- Christie

KCB 29-5 Uganda

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