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Kabras, KCB set Kenya Cup final date

Debutants Kabras Sugar caused a major upset on Saturday when they stunned defending champions Nakuru 15-12 to reach the final of Kenya Cup rugby league final at the Nakuru Athletic Club.

They will now meet three-time former champions KCB on Saturday at the RFUEA grounds. Nakuru, who were eying their third consecutive Kenya Cup victory will now meet Strathmore Leos in the third place.

Fullback Darwin Mukidza, who curled home a penalty with two minutes to play as KCB rallied from behind twice to edge out Strathmore Leos 24-21 in the first semi-final at the same grounds.

Man-of-the-match fullback Oscar Okaron chased an overhead kick from 30m before grabbing the ball to land what was the decisive try.

Nakuru took the lead through back row Dalmas Chituyi but first centre Nick Baraza would hit back for Kabras before winger Aluda Beda converted to give them a 7-5 lead at the drinks.

Second row Edwin Makori put Nakuru 12-7 ahead with a try that fly-half Martin Muita converted. But Beda reduced the deficit for Kabras at 10-12 with a penalty before Okaron’s heroics.

Kabras will be looking forward for a swift revenge in the final against KCB, who beat them 3-13 during the normal league.

SLIM WIN

“It was all about self-belief, hard work, dedication and above all God’s will that we won,” said Kabras coach-cum-player Anthony Ogot. “The team that wakes up and play well will win the final.”

The match between KCB and Strathmore saw the lead exchanging hands several times. The Leos were vicious at the breakdowns and claimed several penalties to lead 10-7 at the drinks and 21-14 before the bankers turned on the style for the slim win.

It will be KCB’s second consecutive final after they lost to Nakuru 13-20 last season.

“We made it hard for ourselves with the afternoon heat making things worse for us,” said KCB coach Curtis Olago.

“Our problem was about attitude and after the half time pep talk, the players brought out the character of a champion.”

However, Olago warned that there will be no second chances for his charges in the final, saying they will come back well polished especially at the rucks.

“We need to be vicious especially in our opponent’s 22m where we lost the ball and lacked the discipline,” said Olago.