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Ngong road derby; matchday 6 treat
By Eric Njiru | Tue 16 Jan, 2018 09:11

Kenya Cup matchday 6 on Saturday, January 20, 2018, sees the biggest rivalry, a potentially-explosive fixture in Kenyan rugby take place at RFUEA grounds.

The Ngong road derby pitting hosts Kenya Harlequins and Impala Saracens will be the highlight of the weekend with Impala coming to the game at position three.

Both teams have had a good start to the league putting pressure on second-placed Kabras Sugar. Impala has only lost one game, to Homeboyz, while Quins has gone down to Homeboyz and Kabras.

Quins are only three points behind Impala and have picked five bonus points so far.

One thing Impala has an upper hand over Quins is defence, the Sarries have only let in 61 points with Quins conceding 118 although their scoring record(194) is slightly better than Impala’s(182).

This season has no return or crossover matches and after this game, there will only four rounds to go. Both teams will be seeking to go one better by reaching the semis and eventually final unlike last season when they all failed to reach the final.

Winger Timothy Makiya, Derrick Mayar, Vincent Mose, Tyson Okoth and Samson Onsomu are on their fine forms. They will definitely give Quins a run of their money.

Impala must, however, keep an eye on the likes of high-scoring Peter Misango, Brian Beckham(who has had a fantastic time at fullback since his first game of the season) and new signing Alex Olaba who scored on debut in the defeat to Kabras Sugar.

The battle of fly-halves will once again pit Nato Simiyu (Impala) against Isaac Adimo (Quins). Nato has sure kicking and easily turns around the game but Adimo, Kenya's first choice fly-half, has proven his capability and cannot be ruled out. 

This is always more than a game and the points, the winner gets the bragging rights over the neighbour(separated by a fence). 

Last season’s meeting between these two sides at RFUEA saw Quins win 36-26 few weeks after they had beaten Impala 28-10 at Impala Club.

A win for Quins will see them climb to top four while an Impala win will see them remain third if Kabras and KCB do not drop points. KCB visit Mwamba while Kabras travel to Nondies. Impala will drop to fifth if they lose the game and Homeboyz beat Nakuru RFC.

Playing at home, Quins must prove they are strong, sure and superior by the time the clock ticks 80.

Eric Njiru
Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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