Impala and KCB set up for a repeat Floodlit final

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Nov 12, 2017
  • Timothy Makiya of Impala charges towards Mean Machine's Grevis Onyino in the Impala Floodlit smi-final match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Impala and KCB will meet in the final of the pre-season Impala Floodlit tournament after winning their semifinal fixtures at the Impala Club on Saturday 11 November 2017.

KCB 18 Homeboyz 16

Ken Moseti’s drop goal and Mohamed Omolo’s missed penalty summed up the second cup semifinal at the Impala Floodlit on Saturday.

Moseti’s KCB reached a fifth successive Floodies final since 2013 with an 18-16 win over Omolo’s Homeboyz.

Omolo’s penalty gave the deejays a 3-0 lead but Elphas Otieno responded for KCB, grounding the ball with twin brother Essau missing the conversion.

Brian Omondi extended KCB’s lead, barging over the line, his converted try seeing KCB go 12-3 up.

The deejays responded in kind, Kenya international Steve Otieno going over the whitewash. Omolo added the extras to narrow the gap by two points as KCB led 12-10 at halftime.

The tussle continued, the lead changing hands once again when Kelvin Masai and Essau traded penalties to make it 15-13 before Masai drilled home a second penalty for the deejays retake the lead 16-15 as the second half wore on. 

Then drama unfolded when Moseti popping with the drop goal that saw KCB go18-16 up, Omolo missed a penalty which knocked out Homeboyz and handed KCB an opportunity to vie for a fourth title in five years.

Impala 20 Mean Machine 16

Hosts and defending champions Impala reached the final with a 20-10 dismissal of Mean Machine.

They opened the scoring through Quinto Ongo’s converted try on 30 minutes before Eric Muthama responded for the varsity side, his penalty late in the first half bringing the students to within four of the hosts heading into the breather.

Mean Machine were back for the second half with intent, tying up the scores through Valentine Odoyo’s converted effort that brought the scores to 10-10.

Impala upped the ante and sustained the pressure that saw Machine concede a penalty try that saw the champs open up a seven-point margin.

National Sevens Circuit MVP and Impala Academy graduate Mark Kwemoi sealed the result, his drop goal bringing the score to 20-10, a date with KCB in next weekend’s final secured.

Quins reached the plate final, setting up a date with the Strathmore University after beating Kisii RFC 43-19.

Defending champions in the Varsity Category, Menengai Oilers, reached the final with a 29-3 win over the Technical University of Kenya.

They will square it out in next week’s final with Catholic University who posted a 27-23 win over Blak Blad.

Shujaa win Safland 7's

Shujaa beat South Africa Select 19-12 to lift the 2017 Safland Sevens title on Saturday evening.

Sammy Oliech’s converted try saw Shujaa go 7-0 up before Willy Ambaka landed to give them a 12-0 lead at the break of this cup final in Swakompund, Namibia.

Sam Muregi’s converted try in between two tries and a conversion from SA Select handed Shujaa the title,19-12 at the final whistle.

They had earlier beaten hosts Namibia 12-0 in their opening section X match before stopping Zambia 31-0.

They followed this up with a 41-0 win over South Africa’s Bulls before falling 21-24 to SA Select.

In the semi-finals, Shujaa defeated Namibia Academy 26-0 before turning the tables on SA Select in the cup final.

Impala Floodlit results

Clubs: KCB 18 Homeboyz 16, Impala 20 Mean Machine 10; Universities: Menengai Oilers 29 TUK 3; Blak Blad 23 Catholic University 37.

Final Fixtures

Saturday, November 18; Clubs: Impala v KCB;  Plate Final: Strathmore University v Quins; Universities: Menengai Oilers v Catholic University.

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