Kabras year in review

A runners-up medal in the Kenya Cup season was all that Kakamega based side Kabras RFC had to show in the year 2018.

The Sugarmen played 17 matches in 15s, lost four times and won 13. In those 17 they scored 664 points which makes the best offensive side in the year 2018. Their defence leaked in 260 points.

Final Appearance

2018 saw the side reach the Kenya Cup final for the fourth time in a row since their promotion in 2014. The Sugarmen, however, failed to break the duck against KCB and lost 29-24 in the finals despite putting a spirited fight in the clash.

The loss came 27 days after having lost to the Bankers with a 41-12 scoreline in the regular season, it was their worst loss of the year. Other sides that managed to beat Kabras in the year include Homeboyz RFC who handed them a 30-12 beating in the Kenya Cup regular season while Impala sneaked from Kakamega 15-13 victory in the Enterprise Cup semifinals.

Enterprise exit/new coach

After the Enterprise Cup exit, the club’s management went on to dismiss head coach Charles Cardovillis in early June and two months later, South African tactician Henly Du Plessis took over the side.

The South African coach has lead the side in five matches and it has been all smiles among the clubs enthusiasts as the side remains the only unbeaten side in 2018/19 seasons and they are top on the Kenya Cup log after five matches.
In 2018 transfer the side managed to acquire the services of South African forward Claude Johannes, Mario Wilson, Logan Basson, and Enzo Foutie. The three have had a good run with the side but Foutie is yet to make his debut due to injury.

More numbers in Kenya Simbas

Unlike the past seasons, Kabras got more slots in the National Team. Six players from the Kenya Cup side got a place in the Kenya Simbas squad that took part in the World Cup Qualifiers Repechage.

In the 7s Circuit, Kabras entered the competition as the defending Champions. After the historic win in 2017, expectations were high but the side under the tutelage of Edwin Achayo had a false start after falling at Fifth place semis.

They would relinquish the Sepetuka 7s title after failing to go past the quarters. They went on the bag the fifth-place finals silverware. Their title hopes continued to dwindle after failing to go past the quarters in the Kabeberi 7s, Driftwood and Dala 7s. The campaign ended with a dismal performance in the Christie 7s where they dropped to the Challenge trophy. The side finished fifth on the final National 7s Circuit standing with 62 points from the six legs.

Having ended the year on a high after a good run in the 2018/19 season, Kabras will be hoping to carry the fine run in 2019.

A quick look at Kabras Numbers

2- Home defeats

2- Away defeats

4- total number of losses

5- National 7s Circuit position

6- Player who made it to Kenya Simbas

13- win in all competitions

17- matches

41-12 worst loss (to KCB)

62-13 biggest scoreline

76.471% – Win percentage

260 points conceded

664- Points scored

2018/19 season

kabras 42-10 Impala

Strathmore 13-62 Kabras

Kabras 50-8 Nakuru

Blak Blad 10-37 Kabras

Kabras 41-0 Mean Machine


Kabras 13-15 Impala

Blad 10-38 Kabras

Kenya Cup Final
Saturday 24 March 2018
KCB 29-24 Kabras
Kenya Cup Semis
Homeboyz 13-29 Kabras
Kabras 43-13 Strathmore
Blak Blad 3-52 Kabras
KCB 41-12 Kabras
Kabras 47-15 Kisii
Kabras 12-30 Homeboyz
Impala 17-33 Kabras
Nondescripts  20-40 Kabras
Kabras 22-13 Quins

Fifth place Semis Quins 33-0 Kabras

Nakuru 26-21 Kabras (Prinsloo Fifth place semis)
Kabras Sugar 19-12 MMUST (Fifth Place Final winners)

Kabras 19-26 Mwamba (Kabeberi Fifth place finals)

Nondies 22-0 Kabras ( Driftwood Fifth place finals)

Quins 33-0 Kabras (Fifth place Semis loss)

Nondies 24-12 Kabras (Christie 7s Challenge semis)

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