Oilers stormy run has coach Weru purring
Menengai Oilers Rugby Club will train their eyes to undefeated Kabras Sugar as Kenya Cup enters round eight this weekend.
Gibson Weru's charges have maintained a 100% winning record since the start of the season winning all their last seven matches to top the standings with 33 points, three ahead of second-placed Kabras who have a game in hand.
Oilers started the league on the right foot dispatching Homeboyz RFC 34 -6 and they seem to pick momentum with every win.
That is not all. The additions of several new players – seven in total – seem to have handed them the extra impetus.
Former Kenya Harlequins backrower Peter Misango, John Okoth from Nakuru RFC, Wallace Onyango and Stanley Isogol (all from Homeboyz), Brian Sinei (on loan from Nondescripts), Destirious Ifedha from Bungoma High and Albert Obura seem to have helped the team tick the boxes.
Apart from the round one win, Oilers have also defeated Kenya Harlequins 16-15 in their second match before outshining visitors Nondescripts 29-5 in their third match.
They went ahead to beat varsity side MMUST Rugby Club 30-19 followed by a 28-10 victory over Impala Saracens.
But these upturn of results didn’t make them rest on their laurels but ignited more fire in the belly of the ambitious coach Weru who once again raided opponents to land the signatures of Samson Onsomu from Impala RFC, Kenya Simbas man Coleman Were (from Kabras RFC) and Eugene Asava Lubang’a from Western Bulls.
With the new arrivals, they picked up the pieces from where they left beating visitors Mwamba RFC 25-19 after the Christmas break and crowning it all with a sweet 19-7 win over Strathmore Leos (19 – 7) over the weekend to haul their record to seven victories on the bounce.
Key to stellar run is the form of Captain Chrispine Shitundo has been spectacular for the side scoring 25 points this season with a hat trick against Mwamba RFC.
Beldad Ogeta has also scored 25 points this season with Kenya Simbas John Okoth scoring 20 points.
The other sensational player has been Geoffrey Ominde who has scored 18 points, all coming from penalties.
And head coach Gibson Weru is confident of winning against Kabras Sugar this weekend as the Kenya Cup enters round eight.
Both teams haven’t lost a match this season and according to the former Simbas scrumhalf, his side can take all the points despite Kabras Sugar's experience in the league, making for an intriguing game of rugby this weekend.
“We’re looking at areas that needs improving as we prepare to face Kabras this weekend at the ASK Showground Nakuru,” said Weru. “Kabras is a very good side; they’ve been at the top of the table for the last four seasons and it will be good for us to see how far we have come playing a better side in terms of experience.”
Weru believes it will be a good challenge for them and he also believes they have what it takes to win the match.