Homeboyz still setting the pace

Homeboyz still setting the pace
Photo: Kenya Harlequins fly half Kevin Keegan breaches KCB’s defence as he looks to pass the ball in their last weekend clash at the RFUEA grounds. KCB won 29-26. Photo/ALEX NJUE

Homeboyz now looks like the team to beat for this year’s Kenya Cup title after announcing their intentions by hammering Nakuru RFC 44-17 last weekend in what was the penultimate round of the regular season.

The deejays have pushed KCB to the very end this season and upped the ante in the last five rounds where they not only beat the bankers but also dislodged them from top spot to stay in pole position for direct qualification for the play-off semi-finals that come with finishing in the top two.

Homeboyz have been the dominant team in 2017, registering 10 wins in as many matches and it will be difficult for their rivals to stop their charge to the title this year.

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They ran in six tries, converted four and drilled a penalty and a drop goal to stay in the lead ahead of their final regular season match against Nondescripts this weekend.

Homeboyz are still perched at the summit with 64 points, three ahead of second-placed KCB who beat Kenya Harlequins 29-26 to stay in contention for the other semi-final place.

However, with one match remaining, KCB will have to record a big victory this weekend to fend off third-placed Harlequins who are on 60 points, just one adrift and equally have to two ambitions.

Meanwhile, champions Kabras Sugar—last season’s surprise package who claimed their maiden title in just the second year of top flight rugby—halted Impala’s force with a thrilling 29-26 score which has seen them remain fifth on the log with 51 points, three behind the Sarries.

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Mwamba went a place higher on the table courtesy of a 18-5 win over Strathmore Leos and Nakuru’s loss to Homeboyz to pip Wanyore to the final play-off slot.

The Black Shirts are hanging on sixth spot with 46 points, two clear of Nakuru. Nondescripts and Blak Blad were the other winners at the weekend with respective victories over Mean Machine and Western Bulls.

Nondescripts saw off Machine 39-12 at the ASK Jamhuri show ground as Blak Blad tamed Echulusi 22-18 at the Kakamega High School grounds.

After this weekend’s final round matches, the play-off quarter-finals are scheduled for April 1 with the semis taking place between April 8 and 22.

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