KCB, Nakuru clash in Battle of Titans

By: AYUMBA AYODI

With the dust from last weekend’s Impala Floodlit yet to settle, rugby focus turns to the Battle of Titans and Kings of Sevens in the coming two weeks.

Reigning Kenya Cup champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) clash with Enterprise Cup holders Nakuru on Saturday in the Battle of Titans from 4pm at the RFUEA ground. KCB will be fresh from winning their third consecutive final, beating Impala 26-16 for a fifth Impala Floodlit title.

The winning team will pocket Sh250,000 and runners-up Sh100,000.

Last year’s Enterprise Cup losing finalists Homeboyz will face off with Kenya Harlequin in the curtain raiser at 2pm where the winners will pocket Sh75,000.

Strathmore Leos will be seeking to defend their Kings of Sevens title when the Kenyan universities’ championship is held on November 14 at RFUEA. The inaugural tournament was staged last year.

KCB will seek to defend their Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup titles in the 2015/2016 season and what a way to start the proceedings by defending the Impala Floodlit trophy.

“I would be lying if I told you that our performance in the Floodlit is a yardstick for Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup,” said KCB coach Curtis Olago. “Floodlit is quite different from the other two competitions.”

He said he will use the tournament to prepare for the Kenya Cup season.

KCB edged surprise package Kabras Sugar 27-3 on March 14 to win the 2014/2015 Kenya Cup title, their fourth Cup success following victories in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The bankers would then complete the season with a hat-trick, thumping Homeboyz 28-0 to lift the Enterprise Cup on April 18.

Nakuru had held both the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup trophies.

Olago has managed to retain most of his players for the new season, only signing fly half Kenny Andola from Strathmore Leos.

Nakuru coach Dominique Habimana said his charges were getting ready for the new season and that their clash with KCB will be the right stage to test his upcoming players, who have grown through the ranks.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION