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End of an Era as Nondies are Relegated for the First Time Since Inception of Kenya Cup in 1970

Record champions Nondescripts have been relegated from the Kenya Cup for the first time since the Kenyan rugby top tier was incepted in 1970.

Nondies, as they are fondly known, banked on wins in the last two matches to ensure their stay and things looked like they were going to plan in the penultimate game before they lost the final game of the season to crush out.

Former champions Kenya Harlequin were bundled of the rugby top flight alongside the record champions after two finished in the last two positions on the 12-member Kenya Cup log.

Nondies were beaten 13-7 by Homeboyz at the Jamhuri Park showground in Nairobi to finish last in the league and drop to Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championships, the second tier of rugby in Kenya, for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, Harlequin lost 24-8 to Mwamba RFC at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi to finish but the loss left them tied with Impala Saracens who were also fighting for survival.

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Whereas Nondies were last with 16 points, Quins were a position above with 17 points tied by Saracens but their win 43-13 win over Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) handed them a better aggregate of -47 against Quins’ -69 hence their stay in the Kenya Cup.

Elsewhere, leaders Kabras Sugar saw their unbeaten run end on the final day of the season after they were served a 28-20 beating by defending champions KCB at the Ruaraka Sports Club in Nairobi.

Despite the loss, the Millers finished at the summit of the Kenya Cup standings with 50 points after winning 10 of their 11 games while the unbeaten KCB came in second with 48 points thanks to their 10 wins and a draw.

Menengai Oilers and Strathmore Leos finished third and fourth respectively with 39 points and 29 points.

In the Kenya Cup semis set for March 5, defending champions will host Menengai Oilers at Ruaraka while Strathmore Leos will be away to Kabras in Kakamega.

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