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Hurting Kabras aim for Enterprise solace after Kenya Cup hoodoo



Kabras Sugar head coach Henry Du Plessis says his charges are shifting focus to the Enterprise Cup final against Impala Saracens set for this weekend after losing 15-23 to KCB RFC in the Kenya Cup final over the weekend in Kakamega.

The only time Kabras Sugar came close to winning the diadem was in 2017 when they lost narrowly to Kenya Commercial Bank 27-23 in the final, and the South African tactician says he will work on the defence and the attack to overpower last year’s finalists Impala. Saracens.

This was the third time that bankers crushed the dreams of the dynamic Kabras side whose dream of earning a second Kenya Cup title to their trophy cabinets went up in smoke, and on home soil!

Also, the Henry Du Plessis charges haven’t won the Enterprise Cup in their history reaching the finals in 2016 and 2017 but losing on both occasions to KCB 24-12 and 27-23 respectively.

“We will just work on our mechanisms, look at our attack and defence and see how we can improve our man power and go for the Enterprise Cup trophy since we have lost the Kenya Cup crown which was our target this season,” he said.

En route to the final of the Enterprise Cup, the western based Kabras whitewashed Kenya Harlequins 54-11 in the semis while Impala Saracens came from behind to defeat KCB narrowly 11-10 in an engrossing duel.

In their last two meetings Kabras emerged the best outshining Impala 41-10 in Kakamega in December last year before winning 32-22 at the Impala ground last month, and this should make for a feisty duel as  pride and the desire to protect the dominance  is at stake.

And as they plot the Enterprise conquest, Du Plessis believes is crossing his fingers that his charges won’t repeat the mistakes that cost them the Kenya Cup crown at the weekend.

“We gave a lot of easy points especially in the second half; giving away penalties and three points which ruined our system of play…it all goes to the execution and leadership.”

He added: “We need to contain our momentum from the kickoff to the last whistle; lack of concentration will always cost you games especially big matches like the one against KCB.”

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