Kabras Head coach Henly Du Plessis says failure to get vital points on board in the opening minutes due to poor execution cost them in the Kenya Cup finals.
Kabras conceded first in the clash with Jacob Ojee crossing over for a converted try for KCB. The side would then stage a hunt for an equalizer but despite several visits to KCB’s half in the first stanza, the Sugarmen struggled to get a single point on board till the dying minutes of the clash when Dan Sikuta crossed over for a five-pointer.
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From the break, Kabras returned looking better and would score 10 points in a short span to lead 15-7. It was, however, KCB who had the last laugh as they managed to shut out Kabras and scored 16 more points to win the seventh Kenya Cup title.
“I think we started off well but we could not get the points on the board because our execution in the half was not that good. We allowed them in our half and they scored points. The fightback in the second half is what we had talked about during the break but again we lost the grip,” Du Plessis told Scrummage.
Just like in their 44-20 loss in the regular season, Kabras lost the clash after KCB’s subs came on and Du Plessis admits that KCB had a more experienced bench which made the difference.
“I think it is coming to experience, KCB have a good bench coming on. Every time the bench comes on it makes the difference. Last game was 23-20 we ended up losing, in this, we had a 15-7 lead and we ended up on the losing side after the subs came on,” he added.
The coach concluded by thanking the club’s fans for turning out in large numbers to support the side throughout the season. The South African import has promised that they will be back stronger next season.
” To the fans thank you for your support in 2018/19. It has been amazing and we really enjoyed it. The players gave their best this season and we will not lie down but we will lift up our heads, prepare and come back stronger next season,” he said.
Kabras have a chance to bag two trophies as they will play Impala and Strathmore in Kenya Cup and Mwamba Cup respectively.