Impala look to bounce back at Ngong Road derby


Kevin Ochami (with ball) of Resolution Impala Saracens is tackled by Isaac Adimo of Kenya ...
Kevin Ochami (with ball) of Resolution Impala Saracens is tackled by Isaac Adimo of Kenya Harlequins during their Kenya Cup round 5 tie at the Impala Grounds on December 03, 2016. Harlequins RFC won 28-10. Photo/ Skarra Abayomi/Sportpicha/Citizen

The Kenya Harlequins versus Resolution Impala Saracens will serve up one of the most crunching battles of the weekend when the two Kenya Cup sides renew their rivalry at the RFUEA Grounds on match day ten.

The Resolution Sarries have made four changes for the second leg of the Ngong Road derby set for Saturday with Edgar Obino coming in as the loosehead prop while James Kubasu retires to the bench.

Simon Muniafu has been handed his first start of the season while Tyson Okoth makes a return at backrow.

The only new face change in the backline is Derrick Mayar whose physical presence makes him a more preferred candidate over Quinto Ongo.

The Sarries slid down the log to fifth following their 13-41 home defeat in the hands Homeboyz and will be seeking a positive response.

Quins come into the clash sitting second behind leaders KCB, having gathered points off seven wins and one loss.

They will be keen collect maximum points that could see them unseat KCB should they stumble against champions Kabras Sugar at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka.

At Ruaraka, the Bankers who are the only unbeaten side this season will be looking to protect their impressive streak against third-placed Kabras for the tenth time of asking.

Kabras are seven points adrift the leaders, having posted six wins, a draw and a defeat for their 29 points thus far.

The two sides had contrasting fortunes last weekend with KCB crushing Mean Machine 70-0 and Kabras overpowered 17-19 by Top Fry Nakuru.

Simbas lock Oliver Mang’eni returns to the KCB starting fifteen as Head Coach Curtis Olago named his match day 23 for Saturday’s Kenya Cup match day 10 clash at home to champions Kabras Sugar at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka.

Mang’eni, rested for last weekend’s 70-0 blitz of Mean Machine is one of seven changes to last weekend’s starting lineup, the other changes seeing George Asin, Peter Waitere, Rocky Aguko,  Marlin Mukolwe, Collins Wanjala and the Kilonzo siblings ( Jimmy and Peter) slotting in for Peter Karia, Francis Mwita, Martin Owila, Mike Wanjala and Stafford Abeka who will all start off the bench. Felix Ojow and Jacob Ojee are rested and do not feature in the match day squad.

Match Day 10

Saturday 28 January 2017

Menengai Cream Homeboyz v Blak Blad – 2.00pm, Jamhuri Park

KCB v Kabras Sugar – 4.00pm, KCB Sports Club

Top Fry Nakuru v Western Bulls – 4.00pm, Nakuru Athletic Club

Mean Machine v Mwamba – 4.00pm, UoN Grounds

SportPesa Quins v Resolution Impala Saracens – 4.00pm, RFUEA

Nondescripts v Strathmore Leos – 4.15pm, Jamhuri Park.

 

-Report by Kennerickson Njeru and Matthews Mutai.

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