A final before a final, that is what comes to the mind when one thinks of the Kenya Cup clash pitting KCB and Kabras RFC set for Impala Grounds on Saturday 23 February at 4 PM.
Head to head record
It has always been an interesting encounter whenever these two sides meet, even though KCB have dominated the fixture. In the last eight Kenya Cup matches, KCB have won seven while one ended in a draw. The draw (15-15) came as they faced off in Kakamega on December 3rd 2016.
The first ever meeting between these two sides was in November 2014, and the Bankers won 13-3 at Kabras backyard. The last face-off was during the 2017/18 Kenya Cup finals where KCB picked a 29-24 victory in a closely contested match staged at KCB Sports Club in March 2018. Having hit the 40-point mark twice (41-12 in February 2018 and 40-15 in December 2015) in the past eight clashes, KCB has a total of 223 points scored against Kabra. Kabras on the other hand have scored 97 points in this clash.
KCB 29-24 Kabras – Final
KCB 41-12 Kabras
KCB 36-8 Kabras -Final
KCB 22-17 Kabras
Kabras 15-15 KCB
KCB 40-15 Kabras
kCB 27-3 Kabras- Final
Kabras 3-13 KCB
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Curtis Olago charges are on an eight-match winning streak ever since the shocking 27-22 loss to Nondies on match-day two. The defending Champions returned to winning ways following a 33-13 win over Mwamba. They later beat Kenya Harlequins 22-13, Homeboyz 34-15 in the last three matches of the year 2018.
In 2019, they have had an impressive run, whipping Mean Machine 50-3, Nakuru 49-6 and Strathmore Leos 53-8. The bankers toiled to pick a 20-15 victory at Blak Blad on match day seven while their recent fixture saw them beat Impala 25-3 at KCB sports Club.
They are placed second on the log with 44 points from the past 10 matches played this season. Their attack is second best in the league having chalked 335 points. They are also second the list of the sides that have conceded less points in the league this season (108)
2018/19 form: WLWWWWWWWW
Kabras are enjoying a fine form under South African coach Henly Du Plessis. The former Boland Cavaliers forwards coach has already broken the record of seven straight wins set by Charles Cardovillis in his first in season in charge.
Du Plessis has guided Kabras to 10 straight wins this season. Kenya Harlequins were able to stop the Sugarmen from scoring more than three tries when they met in Nairobi early in February. The 2015/16 Champions have won with over 40 points in seven out 10 matches played this season. (41-0 vs Machine, 41-10 vs Impala, 41-5 vs Oilers, 41-5 vs Nondies, 46-15 vs Mwamba, 50-8 vs Nakuru and 62-13 vs Strathmore). Their recent clash was at their backyard in Kakamega where they beat Homeboyz 39-24.
The free scoring run puts the top on the list of the best offensive sides this season with 420 points and have conceded only 98 points. The Sugarmen are top on the log with 49 points.
With both sides having a good form, the clash promises to be tough one and kickers might play a key role in 4 PM kick off match.