Reigning circuit champions, Mwamba RFC go into this tournament on 95 points, a nine point lead over their closest challengers and Driftwood defending winners Kenya Harlequin FC.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) are further back, in third 19 adrift with Quins and the bankers still harbouring and outside chance of snatching the title from the front runners.
However, Mwamba will seal their second successive title even though they fail to win the Driftwood title with a Main Cup semi final appearance, a victory in the Plate competition or any other team apart from Quins taking the top honours.
The third option will only hold for them if they finish ahead of their closest challengers.
Quins, who registered a 24-22 Main Cup final win over Mwamba at the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial 7s, are the tournament’s top seeds, headlining Pool A alongside Impala, Kisumu and hosts Mombasa.
Any of three teams, namely Quins, Impala and Kisumu could be playing in Sunday’s Main Cup quarter final with the former featuring past the quarters at all the previous four legs of the national circuit.
The competition in Pool B will ideally be between Mwamba and Nondies with the national champions and frontrunners possessing the form and pedigree while Nondies have an assembled a side that has been competitive.
They recovered from their bowl debacle in Kisumu to consistently feature in the Main Cup quarters at subsequent tournaments. Mean Machine and KCA University round off the teams in this pool.
In Pool C KCB and Homeboyz renew their rivalry with Blak Blad and Kenya Polytechnic rounding off the group while Nakuru and Strathmore will be favourites to reach the Main Cup quarters from Pool D that also includes USIU and Bungoma.
A second tier tournament involving 12 teams from Mombasa, Voi and Nairobi will run concurrently to the main event with the competitors being split into four pools of three teams each.
Meanwhile, The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), in partnership with Touraid, a registered UK children’ charity organization has for the fourth time managed to organize a rugby tour for young upcoming players.
The beneficiaries on this tour are the students from the New Life Africa School in Nakuru, a school that specifically caters for disadvantaged children in Nakuru town. It also has a children’s home as part of the school.
The ten day tour to the United Kingdom tour commences on Thursday running through to October 8 where 20 players aged between 11 and 14 years will be accompanied by the institution’s headmistress, Jane Makena, Felix Oloo (Rugby Coach), Crispus Mwakai (Children’s Home Manager) and a KRU official.