Is It Kabras’ Title To Lose?
In so many words, yes it seems a lot like the 2018/19 Kenya Cup title is indeed Kabras’ to lose.
Seven matches into the season and Kabras have literally blown everyone they have met off the park. Scoring an average of 44.8 points a game, while conceding an average of 7.3 points a game.
They have scored a total of 314 points, in comparison, KCB’s unbeaten team had scored 253 points at a similar point in the season, while conceding 72 points.
At the weekend, I had the opportunity of watching the juggernaut in action at the Jamuhuri showgrounds, as it ploughed through what was supposed to be its’ sternest test yet, a Nondies side who had already beaten KCB and Impala.
Kabras wasted no time in making their intentions clear, scoring off their first foray into the Nondies 22 off a move from the back of a scrum. Within no time the Ugandan magician Philip Wokorach sent the Red Lion back under the posts with a sublime piece of skill.
The Red Lion seemed to have been sprung into action, as they quickly put together phases of play to find themselves inside the Kabras 22 for the first time in the game.
Some beautiful work on the ground by the Kabras loose forwards saw Nondies scampering back to defend, they could however do nothing to prevent Logan Basson to finish up a sweeping move from deep inside their 22.
From this point on, Nondies might have as well grabbed a seat and joined the rest of us in watching the Kabras show in full action. It was almost as if Kabras were running drills against the wind as they toyed around with the now stunned Nondies defence.
Kabras ran in a further 3 tries inside the last 20 minutes of the first half to see them head to the sheds with a handsome 41-0 lead.
It was probably the best forty minutes of rugby I have watched in recent times, Kabras were a well oiled ruthless machine, rarely putting a foot wrong as they went on to steam roll over a hapless Nondies side.
To put it into perspective, Nondies did not put up much in terms opposition in that first half, whether it was the weight of expectation on this young Nondies side or just the sheer brilliance of Kabras. Is anyone’s guess.
The back row combination of Nyambua, Sikuta and South African
Claude Johannes, made sure the Nondies attack saw no clean ball, in the few moments that they had possession, on attack they were behemoths alongside Hillary Odhiambo, Brian Juma and Max Adaka who was an extra back row out there.
The front row of Asuman Mugerwa and Joseph Odero had little or no trouble at the set piece as they bossed proceedings through out the match.
Tanga and Logan Basson formed a lethal half back pairing, twisting and turning the Nondies defence at will, Basson’s boot was a constant thorn in the Red Lions’ ranks.
Nick Barasa and Mario Wilson formed a solid partnership in the midfield, varying their attack between the direct route and quick passes as the situation demanded.
Fabian Olando, Philip Wokorach and Paul Abuto were a sure and fluid back three partnership, fielding whatever was thrown at them, while seamlessly joining the attack when needed.
In the second half, Kabras seemed to have eased off the gas pedal, satisfied with their exploits in the opening 40 minutes. The Nondies side grew in confidence but did little to alarm the cane cutters, though they did get their consolation mid way through the second half for a 41-5 full time score.
While it might be argued that in Mean Machine, Blak Blad, Nakuru, Strathmore, Impala, Oilers and now Nondies, Kabras have had an easy run in this far and it might be too early to call the league title.
Let us also remember that a league run is heavily based on momentum and as Kabras keep piling these kind of results, the more the wind will keep favouring their sails.
As their closest rivals KCB keep faltering, the most recent a narrow 15-20 win over BlakBlad (Kabras beat Blad 37-10 at the same venue), you can not help but wonder, if anyone can stop this Kabras Juggernaut. No wonder their fans have already started chanting the ‘Unbeaten’ slogan, you simply can’t put it beyond them.
Up next for the cane cutters is a resurgent Mwamba side at home, the black shirts fresh from beating Impala at the weekend. Can Kabras put up another stellar performance or can Mwamba finally put one over this Kabras side?
We can only wait and see…