Kenya: Nondies Start Campaign With Tricky Leos Clash

Nondescripts, arguably the most successful rugby club in the country, make their first Kenya Cup appearance this season when they host Strathmore Leos on Saturday in one of round four matches at 1pm at the RFUEA grounds.

The venue will also stage another cracker when Quins host 2016 champions Kabras Sugar at 3pm while KCB Ruaraka ground will also host a double header.

Defending champions KCB take on visiting Blak Blad from Kenyatta University at 1pm before paving way for the clash between Mwamba and touring Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology at 3pm.

Menengai Oilers, who had the privilege of leading the league for the first time ever after round three, will be at their ASK ground, Nakuru hosting Impala Saracens at 1pm.

Nakuru will take a rest on Saturday.

Match fitness

Chasing their first title since 1998, Nondies, who have won the diadem 17 times, will be bogged down my match fitness as they take on the Leos, who have already battled bigwigs.

The Leos came close to stunning KCB in the first round of matches but the bankers rallied to win 24-16. Louis Kisia’s varsity lads would then lose to Kabras 35-9 in the second round before resting last weekend.

Despite their losses the Leos have shown their pedigree and are up to the task especially after their return to the top flight league this season. It’s only a matter of time before the Leos roar to the first win of the season if their first two matches are anything to go by.

Whether the Leos will snap the Red Lion is left to be known.

Nondies have signed five players, snatching backrow Charles Omondi from Homeboyz, fly-half Fidens Tony from Northern Suburbs and Strathmore Leos utility back Kariuki Kanyiri.

Also to have found home at the Red Lion’s den are lock Brian Omondi from Northern Suburbs and centre Samuel Motari from Impala Saracens.

“We have done what we can and hope the ball’s bounce favours us,” said Nondies coach Willis Ojal adding that the Leos will definitely have the advantage of match fitness.

“They have few matches under their belt but I believe our plan should be able to carry us to victory,” explained Ojal, who had god news for their fans.

New home

Ojal revealed that their new ground at the Jockey Club, Ngong Racecourse is now ready, awaiting inspection from Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).

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