Head Coach Paul Odera has made 12 changes as the Simbas play away to the Griffons in Currie Cup First Division action on Saturday 30 April 2022 at the 8,500 capacity Pelatona Stadium in Welkom, South Africa.
This match kicks off at 4.00pm East African Time.
Commenting on the changes, Odera said, “first choice prop Ian Njenga is injured and he is out for the next six months. He had a successful surgery on Monday is recovering well. He will travel back to Nairobi when it is medically safe for him to do so. Second choice Andrew Siminyu is also injured while Ephraim Odour starts off the bench alongside lock Brian Juma.”
Skipper Daniel Sikuta, scrumhalf Brian Tanga and Vincent Onyala are rested for this fixture while George Nyambua is out with a heel injury. Jone Kubu sits out with ankle and knee injuries while Darwin Mukidza is out of this fixture with a wrist injury. John Okoth has a groin strain and is rested as a precaution
Edward Mwaura, Brian Waraba and Patrick Ouko are part of a changed front row. Commenting on their inclusions, Odera said, “ Mwaura is promoted to the starting lineup after a solid scrummaging effort. Waraba threw 100% of his lineouts successful and gets promoted to the starting fifteen while Ouko, who is one of the match day vice captains brings a fresh pair of legs in the front row.”
Talking about the game, Odera said, “Griffons are a good team and we will have to scrummage well if we are to contain their forwards. Our linespeed on defence also has to improve as if we give them time and space they will punish us.”
Elkeans Musonye captains the side in the absence of Sikuta.