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Nakuru, Quins get home advantage in Kenya Cup semis

Nakuru RFC will host Strathmore Leos on Saturday May 10 in the Kenya Cup semi-finals,  a repeat of last year’s final.

Wanyore finished top of the log with 59 points and got a home semifinal advantage against the fourth placed Leos.

Kenya Harlequins finished second at the end of the league phase, accumulating 53 points, same as third placed KCB.

Quins’ superior points difference however secured them a home semifinal against KCB.

In the Eric Shirley Shield, KCB II will play Mwamba II after finishing the league phase perched on top of the table with 59 points.

Nakuru II, who finished second with 57 points, will play Strathmore Leos II in the second semifinal.

The Kenya Cup and Eric Shirley Shield take a break until May 10, as some teams will lose several players to the national 15s team set to travel to South Africa for the Vodacom Cup, which ends in early May.

The Nationwide League will however not be affected by the two month break in the other two leagues.

Kabras steamrolled their way to the semis with a 61-0 bashing of Thika in the quarterfinals last weekend. They now travel to Nairobi to play Technical University of Kenya, who beat Egerton University 27-12.

Catholic University of East Africa beat University of Eldoret 17-12 and will now face Kakamega RFC, who dismissed Masaku 30-15.

The two finalists, to be known this Saturday, will earn promotion to the Kenya Cup, and will replace Kisumu and Eldoret pending a decision by the KRU to expand the Kenya Cup to 15 teams.

Eldoret won the Nationwide League last season, and were promoted alongside Mombasa RFC who exited in the semifinals.

The coastal side were beneficiaries of an affirmative action plan by the Kenya Rugby Union to have as many regions as possible represented in the Kenya Cup league.