Top sides maintain winning momentum as playoff battle shapes up
Kenya Cup matches live up to billing as fight for gong intensifies
The national rugby league Kenya Cup served up another spectacle at the weekend as various teams battled for points across the country.
Menengai Oilers showed their title credentials as they stiffed Homeboyz 34-6 at their ASK showground backyard with head coach Gibson Weru saying his charges were fully focused on jostling Kabras and KCB for the league title.
It is a war cry they have made and the battle lines are drawn as they relish their prospects buoyed by the thumping victory at the weekend.
"This is the best game we've played this year. We dominated everything and didn't concede a try which is a huge feat against Homeboyz. We are trying to build on consistency and to hit high levels in all our matches,” he bullishly charged after the win.
Keen on the upcoming run of fixtures, Weru noted that would be the ultimate litmus test for his team as they face Strathmore Leos, Kabras and KCB, fixtures that could give direction where the title could be headed at the end of the term.
"Very tough matches coming up in the next three weeks where we play Strathmore away, then we play Kabras and then KCB. I think that will be a real test, quality matches that will show us exactly where we are. I know we are not at the level where KCB and Kabras are, but it will show us how much we've bridged the gap and how we will be able to fair on as we progress to the play offs," said Weru.
Top sides were in their element as third-placed Kabras Sugar downed a spirited MMUST team in the Lurambi derby. Experience triumphed over resolve as Kabras kept abreast with the league leaders Oilers. Strathmore Leos narrowly edged resurgent Kenya Harlequins at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi to climb up to second on the log.
KCB recorded a routine win against a struggling Nondies side to go fourth occupying the last playoff slot.
However Top Fry Nakuru's struggles continued as they were hammered by a resurgent Mwamba RFC who recorded their second win of the season to climb off the relegation zone. Nakuru are now 11th with just two points with Impala Saracens rock bottom with zero points.