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Kifaru battle Rwenzori in Bamburi rugby

RUGBY By BS Mulavi | May 24th 2014

By BS Mulavi

It’s do or die for Rwenzori and Kifaru franchises as they battle it out for a spot in the semi-finals of the Bamburi Rugby Super Series.

The two sides meet today at the Nakuru Athletic Club for a Pool B fixture that will determine which team finishes second in the pool to qualify for the semis alongside leaders Papa.

Papa have already won both their first two games against Rwenzori in Uganda, and Kifaru in Kakamega, to claim top spot and a semi-final spot. They will rest as they wait to see who from their group will join them in Machakos next weekend for the next round of games.

Kifaru captain Rocky Aguko claimed they have learned from their loss to Papa in Kakamega and they are bound to perform better. Speaking after the loss, Aguko said they could have beaten Papa had they not lost concentration in the dying minutes of the game.

According to Aguko, they will not let that happen again and Rwenzori will get their full wrath in Nakuru.

Rwenzori, on the other hand, will be hoping to fly the Ugandan flag high after their countrymen Victoria team missed out on the semis.

Victoria lost their two group games to Ndovu and Chui and are no longer in contention for the coveted trophy. Rwenzori will now have to shoulder that burden and hope emerge with a good result against Kifaru.

With Ndovu and Chui having each won one game apiece, in Pool A, they have both qualified for the semi-finals and will only be fighting to finish from in spot from the pool.

Chui’s Team Manager Philip Mwenesi said the side is aiming for nothing less than the Main Cup trophy and they are ready to devour anyone standing in their way.

The defending champions Ndovu on the other hand will be no push overs, given that they are boosted by the fact that constituent club Nakuru has just successfully defended the Kenya Cup, just a month after they were crowned Enterprise Cup winners.

The champions are enjoying a splendid season and hope to extend their form to the Bamburi Rugby Super Series. In what is expected to be a cracker of a match, both teams will be at their best with the Cup in mind.

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