The Kenya Cup rugby league enters the semi final stage Saturday April 30th with mouth-watering clashes. Defending champions KCB have an uphill task as they face a resurgent Impala Saracens, the team everybody wanted to avoid this season going by their superb form right from the start. Impala has not won the Kenya Cup in seven years, a factor that has been a driving force for them coming to the penultimate game of the season. Impala started the rebuilding at the beginning of the season, drafting in old boy Fed Ollows as the head coach.
“The Impala committee told me that Eric Situma was busy with other rugby related projects and had a lot to do, so I stepped in to fill the gap,” said Ollows ahead of the semi finals clash.
Despite losing to Kenya Harlequins on the opening day of the season, Impala bounced back to make a statement of intent in their second game, hammering Bungoma Sharks 121-0. This is what Impala needed as they made one of the best runs in Kenya cup to make the play offs finals by finishing top of the table.
“ We basically went back to the basics and did the simple things. A lot of times it is the passing and running. We spent some time working on the tackling aspect of our game,” he added.
Impala will look to defend in numbers as KCB offers the kind of opposition that punishes you on the little mistakes that you do on the pitch. The two teams met two weeks ago and Impala dug deep to edge out KCB 19-15.
The talisman for Impala, Nato Simiyu is in fine form and is expected to pull the strings for Impala in this encounter