In sports, the defence has been termed as the vital part of the game as it guides several teams to win championships.
Scrummage takes a look at the best defensive records in the Kenya Cup per season in the last six campaigns.
Here are the teams that have conceded the least number of points since 2014/15:
1.Nakuru 123 (Average points conceded per game 9.4)
Wanyore went on a 13-match winning streak in 2014/15 regular season. Their defence was on point but they managed only one clean sheet in the entire season. The clean sheet came against Blak Blad on matchday four.
The most points conceded in a match by Nakuru that season was 29 which came during their 36-29 win against Nondies. KCB was the other side that managed 20 points past Wanyore. Nakuru did not concede a try in four matches (against Strathmore, Western Bulls, Catholic Monks and Blak Blad.
2.Kabras 133 (Average points conceded per game 10.2)
In their first-ever Kenya Cup season, Kabras only conceded 133 points. The side also had one clean sheet in the regular season which was against fellow newbies Catholic Monks. They did not concede tries in matches against Machine and Western Bulls. Mwamba, Strathmore and Impala were the only sides to score over 20 points past Sugarmen that season.
KCB had an average of 10.3 points conceded per game having conceded 134 points while Mwamba had an average of 14.6 points conceded in the regular season.
1.KCB 239 (Average points conceded per game 12.5)
In the 2015/16 season, each team played 19 matches in the regular season. KCB’s defence conceded 239 points in the matches. The bankers had four clean sheets in the campaign where they finished fifth on the log. Homeboyz, Western Bulls and Strathmore were able to score 27 points past KCB. (the highest points conceded that season).
2. Nakuru 254 ( (Average Points conceded per game 13.3)
Nakuru conceded 254 points and finished sixth on the log. Wanyore had two clean sheets in the season while the Champions Kabras conceded 262 which is an average of 13.7. Strathmore let in 268 and Mwamba conceded 269, an average of 14.1 respectively.
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1.KCB 212 ((Average Points conceded per game 13.3)
KCB finished second in the regular season after 16 matches. Curtis Olago’s charges conceded only 212 points in the campaign. The Champions had three clean sheets and Mwamba, Homeboyz, Quins were the sides that scored 20+ points over the bankers.
2.Quins 259 (Average Points conceded per game 16.1)
Kenya Harlequins let in 259 points but did not keep a clean sheet the entire season. For another season in a row, Kabras conceded 262 points while Nakuru who missed the playoffs conceded 263 points.
1.KCB 97 (Average Points conceded per game 8.8)
With only 11 matches played in the 2017/18 season, the Champions KCB who went on an unbeaten run conceded only 97 points. The side had two clean sheets in the campaign while they did not concede a single try in seven matches (against Impala, Mombasa, Kisii, Nondies, Homeboyz, Nakuru and Strathmore)
2.Impala 173 (Average Points conceded per game 15.7)
Impala conceded 173 points in the season and had two clean-sheets. They did not concede tries in matches against KCB, Kisii and Mombasa. In that season Quins had conceded 177 while Kabras let 183 points.
1.KCB 183 (Average Points conceded per game 11.6)
KCB’s defence also reigned supreme in the 2018/19 as they went on to win the third straight Kenya Cup title. KCB finished second, in the regular season. There were no clean sheets for the champions in the entire season but they did not concede a try in wins against Homeboyz, Machine, Nakuru and Impala.
2.Kabras 205 (Average Points conceded per game 12.8)
The Sugarmen enjoyed a fine run in the regular season and at the end of the campaign, they had conceded 205 points in 16 matches, the highest points conceded being in their 44-20 loss to KCB at RFUEA Grounds.
They had two clean sheets in matches against the students Mean Machine and Blad. Quins conceded 305 points while Impala had conceded 350 points.
1.Kabras 132 (Average Points conceded per game 8.2)
Kabras finished top in the 2019/20 season. Their defence has proved to be the best in the last six season conceding an average of 8.2 points per game. The Kakamega based side had three clean-sheets against Kisumu, Nakuru and Western Bulls.
Kisumu (first leg), Impala(first leg), Mwamba (first leg), Nakuru, Western Bulls, KCB, Blak Blad, Kenya Harlequins, could not squeeze a try past Kabras.
2. KCB 213 (Average Points conceded per game 13.3)
KCB had the second-best defence in the season as they conceded 213 points in the 16 matches. The Kenya Cup holders did not keep a clean sheet in the 16 matches. Homeboyz defence let in 232 while Impala conceded 307 points.