Nondescripts will this weekend clash against the old foe when they meet Kenya Harlequins in match day five of the 2018 – 2019 rugby season.
The cracker of a match will be the first leg between the two clubs and will also be the last match before the competition breaks for the Christmas holiday.
Nondies will be looking to bounce back from a first loss of the season after going down to Stanbic Mwamba RFC 12 – 13 over the weekend.
The match against Quins is especially a crowd puller and a hotly contested encounter dating back as far as the origins of the two clubs in the 1920s.
“This has always been a high stakes fixture for both clubs. It is further made interesting by the fact that Quins, as a breakaway of Nondies, always intends to get one over the big brother whenever we meet,” Nondies Chairman Auka Gecheo said as the team prepares for one last training session later this evening.
Gecheo however is optimistic of the Rangers’ odds in the coming match and backed Nondies for the win.
“Being the oldest rivalry in Kenya rugby, we are sure of a highly entertaining rugby spectacle on Saturday and we are ready for the challenge,” he said.
The score-settling rivalry was disrupted last season after the Kenya Cup tie failed to take place on account of bad weather.
The weather this weekend is a mixed bag of sunshine and light showers on the forecast, but Nondies head coach Willis Ojal says the Rangers are prepared for any eventuality.
“The match against Quins is one of those that as a Nondie you always look forward to,” said Ojal who has led the team to a stellar start to a season.
He added that the stumble against Mwamba, albeit a narrow one, offered insights that will only improve Nondies’ campaign for Kenya Cup glory this season.
”We will take our learnings from last weekend and correct the wrongs,” Ojal told Nondies media.
The Eric Shirley Shield match that pits the second sides of either teams will be played at the Polo Grounds off Ngong’ Road.
The Kenya Cup match will however be played at the KCB Sports Club as part of a double-header attraction.
Both matches kick off at 2pm.