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Impala change seven, Munoko at eight for Machine
By Dennis Gatuha | Fri 07 Dec, 2018 09:31

Kenyan International Derrick Mayar has been drafted into the Impala Saracens squad to take on Mean Machine at the RFUEA on Saturday 2pm.

Mayar will operate on the left wing and will be part of an all-international outside backs trident: Edmund Anya, who featured at outside centre on his run-on debut last weekend, has been moved to the right wing and the experienced Vnicent Mose will be at full back.

Mark Kwemoi, who started at fullback last Saturday, has been shifted to out-half and will partner with Xavier Bett at half-back.

Steve Shammah has been recalled into the starting XV and will operate from the scrum's base in the absence of Joel Omer. Stand-in skipper Tyson Okoth will be on the blindside flank while Elvis Oroko will be on the other flank.

Among those named on the bench are captain Samson Onsomu and hooker Daniel Ndome, both of whom will play their first Kenya Cup match should they be summoned from the splinters.

After lining up on the wing and in the second-row over the last fortnight, Mean Machine skipper Shadon Munoko is back in his favoured position, eighth man.

Munoko will line up at no.8 when Mean Machine face Impala Saracens on Saturday. The move sees Aron Otieno drop to the replacements and also sees James Olouch brought into the second-row to fill the void left by Munoko.

Coach Ramsfield Matekwa has made a total of seven changes. Up front, Ben Mwangi comes in for Reuben Oroko at loosehead prop, Ben Kanyi and Brian Koina for Brian Marube and Henry Rabach at blindside and openside flanks respectively.

Dennis Nyongesa has been brought in on the right wing, shifting Alfred Orege to the left as Eric Muthama maintains his fullback berth.

Impala currently occupy position three after three wins on the trot. Machine, on the other hand, precariously occupy the tenth position with a win and two losses.


Machine: 1. Ben Mwangi 2. Adam Mugo 3. Ian Wando 4. Dominic Mogendi 5. James Olouch 6. Ben Kanyi 7. Brian Koina 8. Shadon Munoko 9. Marvin Karungii 10. Bruce Odhiambo 11. Alfred Orege 12. Murimi Maurice 13. Festus Shiasi 14. Dennis Nyongesa 15. Eric Muthama

Replacements: 16 Philip Antonio (*) 17. Reuben Oroko 18. Aron Otieno 19.Henry Rabach 20. Brian Marube 21. Antony Obonyo 22. Bala Onyango 23. Yazmin Otachi


Impala:
1.Emmanuel Omondi 2. Joshua Matasi 3. Kelvin Ronnoh 4. Davis Makori 5. Shem Angugo 6. Tyson Okoth 7. Elvis Oroko 8. Steve Shammah 9. Xavier Bett 10.Mark Kwemoi 11. Derrick Mayar 12. Paul Mutsami 13. George Okowa 14. Edmund Anya 15. Vinicent Mose

Replacements:
16 Wambiri Chege 17. Daniel Ndome 18. Edwin Gatungo 19. Paul Muriuki 20. Samson Onsomu 21. Quinto Ongo 22. Antony Odhiambo 23. Mike Munyua



Dennis Gatuha
Once aspired to be a rugby player. Now writes about rugby players.
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