Kenya Cup semi-final preview

The Kenya Cup semifinals are scheduled for Saturday 28 August with the top four sides in the 2021 campaign set to battle for the final two slots.

In Nandi County, Kabras RFC will welcome 2013 Kenya Cup finalists Strathmore Leos at the Nandi Bears Club. KCB Rugby, on the other hand, will host Menengai Oilers at KCB Sports Club with both matches set to commence at 2:00 PM.

Kabras RFC vs Strathmore Leos

Kabras have dominated this fixture winning all of their last seven matches and scoring 35 points or more in each win. The two sides faced off early this season with Kabras then under Zimbabwean Head Coach Mzingaye Nyathi scoring seven converted tries for a 35-9 win.

The last time they faced off in the knock out stage was on Saturday 10 March 2018 during the 2017/18 top six playoffs which Kabras won 43-13.

Last five meetings
Strathmore Leos 9-35 Kabras RFC
Kabras RFC 54-7 Strathmore Leos
Strathmore 13-62 Kabras RFC
Kabras RFC 43-13 Strathmore Leos
Kabras RFC 44-13 Strathmore Leos

Kabras RFC

Kabras now under the tutelage of South African coach Jerome Muller and Dominique Habimana managed another top of the table finish in the regular season and it has guaranteed them a home semi-final and Final (in they qualify).

The Sugarmen registered a 100% win record, bagging 49 points out of the possible 50 points. The team has been impressive in both attack and defence. They scored an average of 40.1 per match this season and only let in an average of 8.1 points per game.

The Sugarmen have a 100% win rate in the previous Kenya Cup semi-finals, having won all their last five Kenya Cup semi-finals since promotion. The current coaching staff will be seeking to emulate their predecessors, Mike Bishop, Anthony Ogot, Charles Cardovillis and Henly Du Plessis who have all guided the side past the semi-final hurdles.

Kabras will be banking the likes of skipper Dan Sikuta, Top try scorer Brian Tanga and top points scorer Ntabeni Dukisa to guide them past the students.

Strathmore Leos

Strathmore Leos qualified for the last four following a fourth-place finish in the regular season. The students won four matches, drew two and picked several losing bonus points in their four losses to reach this stage.

Their coach Louis Kisia together with the club’s fans will be delighted to have the side in the last four, in just about six months after their second promotion.

They amassed 27 points in their 10 matches. Leos had the third-best attack after Kabras and KCB, scoring 227 points and conceded 186.

Leos will be keen to emulate the 2013 squad which knocked out Mwamba following an 18-15 win in the semis to reach the 2013 final.

This is Strathmore’s fourth Kenya Cup semi-final appearance having made three consecutive appearances between 2012/13 to 2014/15, winning once for a 33.33% win rate.

View Strathmore Leos matchday squad

KCB Rugby vs Menengai Oilers

This will be the sixth Kenya Cup meeting between KCB Rugby and Menengai Oilers. The bankers have dominated this fixture winning all the last five matches since the Oilers joined the top tier.

Curtis Olago charges have scored a total of 164 Points in the five meetings and have conceded 68 points.

Oilers have come close twice losing 29-20 in their second meeting in the debut season and 22-19 in the just-concluded regular season where KCB scored a penalty in the dying minutes to win the clash.

Head to Head record

Menengai Oilers 19-22 KCB Rugby
Menengai Oilers 13-43 KCB Rugby
KCB Rugby 43-13 Menengai Oilers
Menengai Oilers 20-29 KCB Rugby
KCB Rugby 27-3 Menengai Oilers

KCB Rugby

The Kenya Cup holders finished the Kenya Cup regular season at position two. The seven-time Kenya Cup Champions picked 44 points after nine wins and one loss.

Their attack scored 313 points averaging 31.3 points per match in the campaign to rank as the second-best attack in the season and conceded 149.

This encounter will be KCB’s eighth semi-final appearance since 2013. They have only failed to proceed to the final on two occasions out of the last seven. They failed to go past Nakuru in 2013, losing 21-7 in the 2012/13 campaign.

In the 2015/16 season, they suffered a narrow 8-7 loss to Impala Saracens at the same stage.

With a perfect record against Oilers and a 71.43% win rate at the semis, the holders will be hoping to return to the final.

View KCB Matchday squad

Menengai Oilers

Menengai Oilers finished the regular campaign at position three. They managed six wins, three losses and a draw for 30 points in 10 matches.

They head to the last four while enjoying a three-match winning run where they have beaten Strathmore Leos, Mwamba Rugby Club and Nondies to reach this stage.

Menengai Oilers have not been in the Kenya Cup semi-final before. They will be making their maiden appearance with the hope of upsetting the bankers to reach the maiden final.

View Oilers squad

Photo courtesy/Cmony Images

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