Impala Saracens will be looking to get a win in Kakamega when they meet Kabras Sugar in the Enterprise Cup semis on Saturday May 20, 2017.
Head Coach Frank Ndong takes charge of his first away game since his appointment after a 25-15 win over Quins at home in the quarters.
Ndong will be facing Charles Cardovillis for the first time since Cardovillis moved from Quins to Kabras.
Hosea Ngesa retains his starting role at loosehead prop while hooker Kelvins Karani starts from the bench in a tactical decision that sees Daniel Ndome start. Meshack Tunechi, with a standout performance last weekend retains his spot at tighthead.
Lock Davis Makori partners debutant Shem Angugo as Daniel Abok is on sick off. Elvis Oroko, Paul Mutsami and captain Duncan Ekasi continue their backrow partnership at blindside, openside and no. 8 respectively.
“We have never beaten Kabras in Kakamega. The boys are motivated to correct this. There is strong belief in the camp that the time has come, after some close finishes,” says Ndong.
“Kabras enjoy close combat rugby and have some nimble runners like Jone Kubu and Phillip Wokorach in their spine which we’ll have to deal with. We have some surprises for them too.”
The experience of Moses Kola is employed at scrum-half in his first top level start this season. Mohammed Omollo will partner with him at fly-half. Robin Kiplang’at who started at fly-half last weekend starts at fullback.
Brian Opar, with several driving runs six days ago retains his left-wing starting position. At the inside centre, Anthony Nyandigisi has family commitments. In his absence, Joash Ngesa starts. George Okowa plays at outside centre in place of Billy Omondi who won’t travel. Richard Sidindi moves from fullback to the right wing.
“We must be quick off the blocks, and avoid playing catch up. We intend to stick to our game plan and structure and we should be fine. Training has been competitive, we even had to tone it down a bit to avoid injuries. I am sure Kabras will be praying for rain, which suits their style,” laughs Ndong.
Impala XV: 1 Hosea Ngesa 2 Daniel Ndome 3 Meshack Tunechi 4 Davis Makori 5 Shem Angugo 6 Elvis Oroko 7 Paul Mutsami 8 Duncan Ekasi (C) 9 Moses Kola 10 Mohammed Omollo 11 Brian Opar 12 Joash Ngesa 13 George Okowa 14 Richard Sidindi 15 Robin Kiplang’at
Reserves: 16 Kelvins Karani 17 Onsongo Nyamwaya 18 Anthony Orege 19 Paul Oimbo 20 Joel Omer 21 David Moenga 22 Israel Soi 23 Quinto Ongo
Story by impalasaracens.com