Pole position at stake as leaders Kabras face champions KCB at Ruaraka

Another season, another match day,  another installment of the never-ending tussle between KCB and Kabras Sugar, arguably the Kenya Cup’s most consistent and dominant sides over the past five or so seasons.

The two sides will once again take aim at each other on Saturday 30 November 2019 at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka as the 2019/2020 season enters matchday six.

As was the case last season, it is Kabras who are looking ominous heading into this fixture, hardly putting a foot wrong in dominating their opposition, averaging 51 points a match. They have seen off all opposition to date in clinical fashion and lead the log with five bonus-point wins from five outings, accumulating 25 points in the process. While they share an identical record with defending champions KCB, it is their massive +112 difference that sees them placed ahead of KCB on the log.

KCB, on the other hand, have appeared to be going about their business in a rather measured way. While they have amassed an equal number of wins and bonus points as Kabras, they have given their fans some hair raising moments on the odd occasion.

They cruised into a 29-3 half time lead against Kenya Harlequin in matchday action, eventually pulling off the 32-20 result only after Quins had reduced the deficit to nine points after rallying to 29-20 at a point of that fixture. They then found themselves trailing 14-8 during the half time of their home fixture against Homeboyz. They turned things around in the second half to first lead 27-14 before the deejays scored two late tries, KCB hanging on for the 27-24 result.

Despite the two sides’ contrasting fortunes at the top of the table, it is worth noting that Kabras are yet to beat KCB in ten previous encounters since earning promotion to the top tier in 2014. They have come agonizingly close, playing out a 15-15 draw at the Kakamega Showground on Saturday 3 December 2016.  There were also those two Kenya Cup finals in 2018 and 2019 where they fell 29-24 and 23-18 respectively.

A win for Kabras on Saturday will not only see them finally get one over KCB but certainly put them in good stead to again host this season’s title decider later on in the season.
The hosts KCB will be out to take pole position as the league campaign draws on, they will be out to pull this off by looking a sixth successive win since that 15-15 draw against Kabras in December 2016