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All set for Bamburi Super Series final

07 June 2014, 10:11

Nairobi - Kenyan sides Nguvu Papa and UAP Kifaru will meet in the final of the 2014 Bamburi Rugby Super Series at the RFUEA Grounds on Saturday 7 June 2014 with East African rugby's premier trophy up for grabs. Papa reached the final with a 30-23 semi final over Bollore Chui while Kifaru stunned defending champions Ndovu 22-19 in sudden death extra time. Both fixtures were played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County last weekend.

The importance of this tie is not lost on both sides, the Bamburi Cement sponsored Papa side made up of players from KCB, Mwamba and Homeboyz eager to lift the trophy and cap what has been a successful campaign. They will come into this tie holding the psychological edge over Kifaru, having defeated them 8-6 in round robin play on Saturday 3 May in Kakamega. Papa also hold a physical advantage over their opponents, and it will be up to Head Coach Curtis Olago to fuse this with his tactics as he looks to close the season with a trophy for Papa who were semi finalists last term.
However, there is a strong case for Kifaru who are making their first ever appearance in the championship match. They showed great character in bundling champions Ndovu out of the competition, winning the physical and mental battles in last weekend's cliff hanger that was eventually settled by Harun Lubisia's penalty in the second period of extra time. They had earlier negotiated their escape from a spot of bother when they ran off with a 35-22 win over Uganda's Hima Rwenzori in Nakuru on Saturday 24 May, a  result that ensured their continued participation in the tournament by way of securing Pool B's last available semi final slot. Throw the small, or not so small matter of the varsity composition of this franchise  and the Bamburi Rugby Super Series final is surely going to be one for the ages. 
Papa will rely on the likes of Bush Mwale, Jacob Ojee, Brian Sagara and Louis Kisia to ensure that the trophy is headed to their cabinet. Rwenzori have in their ranks drop kick specialist Harun Lubisia who has already weighed in with three drop goals in this year's campaign, George Mutuku and Rocky Aguko as they seek to end up on the correct side of the score sheet.
This match kicks off at 1.30pm will set the stage for the international friendly pitting Kenya's Tusker Simba XV against South's DHL Western Province. 
The third place playoff pitting outgoing champions Ndovu and Bollore Chui will be played at the Impala Club from 12.00pm.

Previous Bamburi Rugby Super Series final results


: Rhinos 27 Cheetahs 11
: Cheetahs 32 Lions 22
: Buffaloes 27 Lions 26
: Cheetahs 29 Lions 27
: Rhinos 28 Lions 20
: Lions 33 Rhinos 9
: Rhinos 30 Buffaloes 13
: Rhinos 25 Cheetahs 5
: Rhinos 20 Cheetahs 15
: Rhinos 25 Rwenzori 14
Ndovu 24 Rwenzori 18

Order of Play 

Saturday 7 June 2014


Bamburi Rugby Super Series Playoff: Ndovu v Bollore Chui (Impala Club)


Bamburi Rugby Super Series Final: Nguvu Papa v UAP Kifaru (RFUEA)


International Friendly: Tusker Simba XV v DHL Western Province (RFUEA)

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