Enterprise cup finale

September 26, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 26 – The national rugby season is poised for a thrilling climax on Saturday when Mwamba and Nakuru RFC battle for Enterprise Cup supremacy at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds.

Mwamba are favourites to win the title despite playing only one match in the knockout tournament after being given a bye in the first round and a walkover the following week against Ugandan outfit G4S pirates who failed to show up.

John Onyango’s team secured their place in the final after putting Nondescripts to the sword last weekend by overwhelming the white shirts 44-8 in a scintillating display of running rugby.

Battle hardened Nakuru pulled off a famous 19-7 victory over Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at the same venue in the latest instalment of their fairy tale run in the competition which also saw them beat Impala 24-15 at home a fortnight ago.

They will have to do without influential Ferdinand Ngaira who sustained a serious head injury in the semi final but the return of fullback Vincent Mose will certainly raise the Rift Valley team who finished fourth in the Kenya Cup.

Nakuru coach Jotham Owili will be counting on the loose forward trio of Nicky Lang’o, Joseph Maina and Pascal Wetukha to raise their game on Saturday against Mwamba battleships George Mbaye,Victor Oduor and Paul Machanje who scored a brace against Nondies in the semi final.

It will be interesting to see who will shine in the fly half battle between Gibson Weru and Lavin Asego.

Both know each other well from their days as national sevens teammates and will be gunning to outwit each other at the home of Kenyan rugby.

While Weru’s game is likely to revolve around his forwards, Asego will be unleashing his illustrious backline that includes the Khayange brothers Collins and Humphrey, Tito Oduk and Horace Otieno.

Injera and Otieno both made a mockery of Nondies’ defence with incisive running which has been a feature for them the entire season.

The playmaking abilities of former Kenya Harlequins centre Oduk and Humphrey Khayange will also be a decisive factor if Mwamba are to retain the title.

The black shirts will also be represented in the second tier Mwamba Cup where they will face Kenya Harlequins II.


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