Kenya Cup week 12 preview

Kenya Cup action is set for the return leg phase with the 12 sides set to battle in six matches across six venues on Saturday 25  January.

Nakuru vs Oilers (Nakuru Derby) Nakuru Athletic Club

Nakuru will be at their backyard commonly known as Suguta Valley for the return leg clash against Oilers. On day one of the 2019/20 season, Wanyore suffered a shocking 31-5 defeat in this assignment.  In the first-ever encounter between these sides saw Nakuru emerge winners beating Oilers 46-37.

Oilers head to this clash placed fifth with 30 points after 11 rounds they are just a point above Nakuru who have also won six matches, lost five and have five bonus points.  Both sides will be targetting maximum to pile pressure on fourth-placed Impala.

Kenya Harlequins vs Homeboyz -RFUEA Grounds

Kenya Harlequins suffered a 26-13 loss at Jamhuri Grounds and will be keen to revenge the defeat. Both sides have shared three wins apiece in the last six encounters.

As they meet this weekend, Homeboyz will be eyeing the 10th win of the season which will see them close in on 50 points and keep tabs with league leaders Kabras and KCB in the chase for the direct semi-final slot.

Kenya Harlequins, on the other hand, will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after last weekend 34-3 loss to Kabras. Having given Kabras a run for their money in Kakamega they will be keen to shine at home. A win will liven their playoffs hopes.

Kabras vs  Kisumu- Mamboleo Grounds

Kisumu RFC have another mountain to climb! After suffering a 55-7 loss to KCB they welcome Kabras at Mamboleo Grounds. They will be hoping to see their fortunes change or else they will bid Kenya Cup goodbye before the last game of the season. The Brave Hearts conceded 535  in just 11 matches and have scored 124. Meaning they have struggled both offensively and defensively

Kabras will not be taking chances as they head to Kisumu. Henly Du Plessis coached side will be in search of maximum points which will see them lead the table for the 12th straight week. The first league meeting between these two sides, Kabras picked a massive 89-0 win at Kakamega Showground.

Western Bulls vs KCB -The Bull Ring 

KCB will be playing at Bull Ring for the first time in 2020. The last time they played a 15s match at the venue was on 5 November 2016 winning 31-0. Their 7s side, however, was at the venue last year winning the Inaugural Kakamega 7s after beating Homeboyz  21-12 on 21 July 2019.  In their last three visits to Bulls, the Bankers have scored at least 30 points in each trip. They have conceded two tries in the three trips. Curtis Olago coached side has managed 81-10 and 55-7 wins in the last two matches in 2020  and will be keen to extend their fine start to the year.

Western Bulls head to this after back to back defeats conceding 40 + points in each outing. They will be eyeing a positive result to ensure that Blak Blad does not beat them in the race to safety. B

Mwamba vs Blak blad  -Strathmore Uni

Mwamba will be in search of the first win of the year, they have gone down to Nakuru and Oilers in the last two outings and they will eager to end the bad run this weekend.

They meet a Blak Blad side which is keen to pick another win that will boost their survival hopes. Blak Blad have lost all their six matches against Mwamba, with five of the six losses coming at Mwamba’s backyard. The students will be hoping to end the bad run as they play at Strathmore Grounds.

Impala vs Nondies – Impala Club

After an impressive start to the year, Nondies fell to Homeboyz in the second match of 2020. As they make the short trip to Impala they will be keen to revenge the first leg’s 26-14 loss. Impala on their part will be hoping to win with hopes of trimming the gap between them and third-placed Homeboyz.

Impala have dominated this fixture winning five of the last six meetings and will be eyeing the sixth win.

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