The rugby scene in Kenya is as vital to the Ugandans as the Nile Special league here back home, regardless of the host of talent the neighbors have shipped in from the local game. The Kenya Cup is of much concern to Uganda, because the Elgon Mountain needs to be recaptured in due time and it would be vital we heard from agents on the Kenyan ground.
Round six of Kenya Cup is upon us and the prized match of the weekend is a tight Ngong Road derby which puts Kenya Harlequins up against Impala Saracens at the RFUEA Grounds. Kenya’s first choice flyhalf, Isaac Adimo (Harlequins) will be going up against Nato Simiyu (Saracens) as his opposite number. Nato Simiyu is a name so familiar with Ugandan rugby folk after he and Darwin Mukidza orchestrated Uganda’s downfall in 2016.
The last time Quins hosted the Saracens, the former won 36-26 and have six of seven of their most recent clashes. In the Saracens ranks is Vincent Mose, who won the local championship with Hima Cement Heathens in Uganda last season. In his teams 77-00 blitz past Kiisi RFC, Mose scored a try and he will be a key figure to watch. Quins lost 22-13 to Kabras in the fifth round, last week.
Solomon Okia, Joseph Aredo and Aaron Ofoiwroth made the firs team to play Saracens while Ronald Musajja was relegated to the Eric Shirley Shield for this week.
Elsewhere, Kabras Sugar travel to Jamhuri show grounds to face off with Nondescript. Nondies have only won twice with their latest coming in the fifth round against Strathmore, 25-20. Kabras go to Jamhuri on the back of a solid 22-13 win against Quins in which Asuman Mugerwa scored a try for the Sugar manufacturers. Asuman will be lining up alongside countryman Ivan Kirabo.
In other Kenya Cup games, Mombasa host Strathmore at Mombasa Sports Club, BlackBlad host Kisii RFC at K.U Grounds. There is a Bankers derby at Railways Grounds as Stanbic Mwamba take on KCB, while Nakuru host Homeboyz at NAC Grounds.