Blak Blad coach, Bernard Rotich, is emphasizing the improvement of the line-out as a crucial factor in securing a spot in the Kenya Cup playoffs. Following their impressive 9-3 victory over Quins, Rotich anticipates a formidable performance against former champions KCB in the upcoming match.

Rotich acknowledges the challenge of the “Thika Road derby” but expresses confidence in the team’s scrummaging dominance. However, he highlights the need for improvement in the line-out, which they are actively working on. Currently, Blak Blad sits in fifth place on the league table with 14 points, and victories in upcoming matches against Catholic Monks, Nondies, and Homeboyz could secure their first-ever playoff qualification.

“If we win all three matches, then we can be in the playoffs. It will be an achievement for a team that was the league’s whipping boys not too long ago,” Rotich remarked optimistically. He commends the fighting spirit displayed by his players, especially in their narrow 23-19 defeat to Menengai Oilers.

Rotich is also urging the Kenya Rugby Union to make a ruling on their abandoned match against Kisumu, stopped due to alleged verbal abuse towards the referee. With hopes of being awarded the points, Rotich is eager for a prompt decision from the judicial committee.

In a different spotlight, Kabras Sugar’s Ntabeni Dukisa and Derrick Ashihundu lead the Kenya Cup scores after matchday six. Dukisa holds the top spot with 60 points, followed by Ashihundu with 50, making them a formidable duo in the league. Beldad Ogeta, Samuel Omollo, and Austin Sikutwa follow closely in the scoring ranks.

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