Kabras coach Henly Du Plessis is a contented with his team’s performances at the end of the regular season, the sugarmen had to grind out a 32-22 win over Impala in the last match, a game the tactician termed as a show of spirit and heart from his team.
Kabras has lost just one game in the regular season, the loss coming against champions KCB. The Kakamega based will face the winner of the game between Nakuru and Mwamba in the Semi finals. Winning the Kenya cup will be an icing on the cake for the Du Plessis coached side who have had a season to remember.
“Everything came down to spirit and heart. What we wanted to achieve this year, i believe that we have. What we said before the Impala is that we don’t want any favours from anybody, if you are part of Kabras you have to fight.” Du Plessis said after the match.
The Millers headed into the Impala clash missing some of their key names in Dan Sikuta, Philip Wokorach and Brian Tanga, both Sikuta and Wokorach on duty for their national sevens teams while Tanga was out due to illness. Charlton Mokua slotted in for the absent Sikuta and he did not disappoint, putting in the shift and landing a try of his own in the first half. Jonah Kubu who is coming off an injury spell produced an impressive performance which gives the coach more options to choose from heading into the knockout stages of the competition.
“The fight was better in the second half which proved the guys are on the right track heading into the playoffs. Charlton Mokua played well, George is also playing well in the absence of Sikuta. We brought in Jervis Nyakundi and Jonah Kubu also after injury and they are making a big difference in our team, giving us depth heading into the playoffs and making sure all of them have enough game time heading into the playoffs.”
The South African born coach is optimistic of even better and quality performances from his team going forward, this being his first season in charge at the club.
“At the start of the season we wanted to be one of the top two. We had a slow start, guys getting used to the new systems and to me as a coach, but later we picked up and i think this team still has more to offer to Kenyan rugby.”
Kabras host Nondies in the Enterprise cup on the 13th.