The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) postponed the start of the Enterprise Cup, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday across the country with the first round. Rather than that, this was done to ensure the completion of the KRU Championship.
The semi-finalists will be promoted to the Kenya Cup in 2022/2023, taking the place of the demoted Nondescripts and Impala Saracens.
Catholic University Monks will meet Shamas Foundation in the other semi-final at the RFUEA site in Nairobi.
The Mean Machine, a three-time Kenya Cup champion from the University of Nairobi, will face the South Coast Pirates in the Championship semi-finals in Diani.
On Saturday, the Pirates defeated Kabarak University 14-11 at the varsity ground to finish first in the league with 42 points on the strength of nine wins and two losses.
Shamas finished the regular season with a 37-18 triumph over Machine, earning 41 points on the strength of eight victories and three losses.
The Monks defeated Northern Suburbs 33-8 to end the regular season with nine victories and two losses, good for third place in the standings with 39 points.
Despite their loss against Shamas, the Machine qualified for the final semi-final by finishing fourth with 35 points, having won seven of their twelve games.
Mean Machine was relegated from the Kenya Cup in 2018/19, while Monks last competed in the competition in 2014/15. If the bid is successful, it will be the first time the Pirates and Shamas have played in a top-tier rugby league.
For their first match in Kakamega, the Kenya Cup champions, Kabras Sugar Rugby, were set to play Machine. If they won, they would play Nondescripts or Western Bulls in the second round.
Nondies will battle the Bulls at the Ngong Racecourse track when the game begins.
In Nairobi, Kisumu will meet Mwamba, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals to face either Kenya Harlequins or Homeboyz Rugby.
The Quins and Deejays will square off in the RFUEA’s opening round. At their varsity field, Blak Blad will host the Coastal boys. At the Nakuru Athletic Club, the Nakuru and varsity students will settle their issues.
At the Impala Sports Club, Impala Saracens will meet Menengai Oilers, with the winner facing either Nakuru Rugby or Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).
The other first-round matchup will pit KCB against Strathmore Leos at KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, with the winner facing either Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad or Mombasa Rugby Club in the quarter-finals.
About Enterprise Cup
The Enterprise Cup, a rugby tournament held every year, is organized by the Kenya Rugby Union. It happens on a yearly basis. The competition was previously called the East Africa Inter-District Championship since it included teams from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Enterprise Cup was established in 1929. Sailors from the HMS Enterprise presented the inaugural cup, which was named after them, during a tour of East Africa in 1928. Find out more on Wikipedia