Mar 20, 2017
Impala comeback runs out of time in Kakamega
Impala Saracens almost secured a comeback win over Kabras but fell just short.
The Gazelles started slow in contrast to home side Kabras who went all out as soon as referee Allan Wanjohi blew the kick off whistle.
Perminus Macharia went over the chalk in the 2nd minute but Kabras fullback Phillip Wokorach failed to convert. 15 minutes later, Kabras hooker Geophrey Shtambo touched down from maul. His efforts were topped up by a neatly struck conversion by Wokorach. Mohammed Omollo would have collected 6 points for Impala but his boot struck wide on two occasions. It was a little difficult understanding Tyson Okoth’s yellow card in the 37th minute but it is worth noting the drastic improvement in discipline by the Gazelles ever since the 2017 section of the league season began. Okoth was the only player binned on this particular weekend. While Okoth was serving time in the bin, Kabras Captain George Nyambua scored in the 38th minute. Wokorach’s boot collected the extras sending the Kakamega ASK showground into raptures.
HT: Impala 0-19 Kabras
As admitted by Nyambua, the Kabras captain, his team struggled to outplay Sarries in the second half as they gradually shed their self-restriction as the half proceeded. Leon Adongo scored at the corner in the 47th minute but Omollo’s boot struck just short. Impala 5-19 Kabras. Kabras would reply 10 minutes later through a Nyambua try. Wokorach converted and it seemed assumed that Impala would never gather enough motivation to catch their hosts. However Adongo would collect from a quick 8-9 play by Oimbo and Onsomu and beat the Kabras backs to score while brilliant booting by George Okowa reduced Impala’s trail to only 2 converted tries. Mark Kwemoi’s self converted try in the 77th minute almost silenced the Kabras crowd, Impala were slowly inching closer. The ccoreboard read: Impala 19-26 Kabras.
Silence gripped the ASK showground for a minute until Wokorach booted over penalty, adding 3 points to the home side's score, successfully securing his team a comfortable margin. Impala hit back from the restart as Okowa intercepted, scored and converted but it was another case of too little too late as Allan Wanjohi blew the final whistle as the Kabras fans breathed a sigh of relief.
FT: Resolution Impala Saracens 26-29 Kabras Sugar RFC
Impala still sit 4th in the Kenya Cup standings with 53 points after collecting 2 bonus points from this loss to Kabras. Kabras are 5th with 51 points after collecting 4 points for winning the match and 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries. Homeboyz still top the log with 64 after beating Nakuru 44-17, KCB jump to 2nd with 61 points after winning 29-26 against Kenya Harlequins. Mwamba still dangle at 6th with 45 points after beating Strathmore 18-5. Nakuru who face relegation threatened & 12th placed Mean Machine next week sit 7th with 43 points. Mwamba face KCB while Impala face BlakBlad next weekend. This last round of preliminary matches to be played next week promises fire-crackers and highly explosive action as teams fight to find the best finish to either avoid relegation or find the best positioning en-route to the play-offs.