Impala seek to leapfrog champions Kabras at Nakuru


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/www.Sportpicha.com.

Kenya Cup mid-table sides Resolution Impala Saracens and Top Fry Nakuru RFC lock horns on Saturday in what promises to be match day 14’s most bruising battle.

Fifth against sixth appears an even match up on paper albeit Impala – level on 45 points with champions Kabras Sugar – lead their opponents with 11 points.

Director of Rugby at Imapala, Fred Ollows, has warned his charges to expect a tough match when the side makes the trip to Nakuru seeking to close in on log leaders KCB who are 50 points.

The Sarries won 24-7 against Nondescripts in a rescheduled Kenya Cup clash played at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi last weekend where they landed four tries and three conversions against Nondies’ single five-pointer and a conversion.

“We should have put this away very early in the first half and so we have a lot to do against Nakuru which is going to be heavy forward day but we will celebrate whatever will come.

“Much has changed since then but obviously there is a lot to do before Nakuru which is going to be a heavy forwards day but we will celebrate whatever comes. This is a new season the challenges are new.

“Nakuru will be always a bruising match and obviously they are playing at home so definitely it’s going to be quite a challenge. Even though we use a lot of back plays we depend on forwards to carry the ball forward,” the former national team Shujaa scrum half said.

Nondies visit the KCB Sports Club fortress to take on KCB who lost their first league match of the season last week against Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

Kabras, beaming with confidence after thrashing Strathmore Leos 35-17 in the previous round travel to Nairobi to play Homeboyz at the Jamhuri Park.

The Deejayz are unbeaten in the new year and go into the match after beating Quins, Impala, Mwamba, Mean Machine, KCB and Blak Blad in a row and were one of the sides that beat Kabras at home in the previous campaign.

Mean Machine will be at home to Kenya Harlequins while Mwamba will play Blak Blad at the Impala grounds having moved their venue from their home ground at the Railway Club.

Strathmore Leos will host Western Bulls at the Madaraka drounds.

Match Day 14 Fixtures

Saturday

KCB v Nondescripts – 4.00pm, KCB Sports Club

Top Fry Nakuru v Resolution Impala Saracens – 4.00pm, Nakuru Athletic Club

Mean Machine v SportPesa Quins – 4.00pm, UoN

Mwamba v Blak Blad – 4.00pm, Railway Club

Strathmore Leos v Western Bulls – 4.00pm, Madaraka

Menengai Cream Homeboyz v Kabras Sugar – 4.15pm, Jamhuri Park

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