Strathmore Leos set up a semi-final clash with Impala Saracens in the Impala Floodies after wins over Nondies and Kenya Harlequin respectively.
Leos beat Nondies 25-23 while Impala saw off rivals Kenya Harlequin 20-15 in the late kick-off at Impala Club.
Both sides will meet in the semis on Saturday October 20 as Quins and Nondies clash in Plate semis. Second semifinal will feature Floodies defending champions KCB and Homeboyz RFC.
Nondies appeared to be down at halftime but crawled their way back to within four points after heading to the break trailing 23-6.
Leos touched down through Austin Mboya and Philemon Olang with number nine Gideon Makumi adding a penalty and conversion in between Olang’s two tries. Nondies’ two penalties were kicked by Martin Juma, whose side failed to reach the trybox even despite Leos being reduced to fourteen men following Matoka’s yellow card.
With Nondies trailing and having an extra man on the pitch at the start of the closing half, Strathmore’s lead was severely questioned by Nondies who had multiple waves of their attack being repelled before finally going over in the corner through scrumhalf Saidi Sumba.
Leos finally succumbed to the pressure and after Sumba’s try, new signing Steve Odhiambo did not take long before making his mark for the Red Lion. The loose forward who joined from Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad scored twice but Nondies were undone by the missed conversions to Odhiambo’s brace of tries.
Makumi’s penalty put some breathing space on Strathmore’s lead after Odhiambo had scored his debut try for Nondies but Nondies continued to believe only to encounter disappointment when the full time whistle was blown at the end of the game.
Impala rule Ngong road
Impala Saracens are one step away from the grand final of the tournament. Quins were first to score through Hillary Baraza with scrumhalf Lyle Asiligwa sealing the conversion and despite leading at the break, Quins were unable to maintain their lead as Impala came out the stronger side in the second half.
Impala scrum-half Ian Mabwa and Anthony Muregi scored tries for the hosts while Quins were put on board by Baraza and captain Peter Misango who scored right before the halftime hooter sounded.
Asiligwa also added a penalty to take his personal tally to five points. The second half saw the dismissal of Quins outside back Dennis Muhanji who was sent off following a dangerous tackle on Impala flyhalf Samuel Oliech. The flyhalf scored two penalties which earned Impala the all important win.
Material derived from impalasaracens.com