New Kenya Harlequin head coach Charles Cardovillis named two debutants in his first matchday 23 to take on rivals Impala Saracens in the quarterfinals of Impala Floodies on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Impala Club.
Cardovillis, who was confirmed as Quins coach a week ago, handed a full debut to William Reeves who starts at fullback and Dominic Osino who named among the replacements.
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Reeves joins Quins from British Army while Osino followed Cardovillis from Kabras Sugar. "Reeves gives us everything we are looking for in a 15," Cardovillis told Raga House after Thursday's training.
As for Osino, a man who was instrumental during Cardovillis's time at Kabras, the gaffer says: "He brings discipline, hard work and adds competition at 9."
Osino will hope to replace vice-captain of the day Lyle Asiligwa who starts at scrum-half. Kenya Sevens international Eden Agero starts at fly-half.
Frank Wanyama moves from the wing to blind-side while last season's Kenya Cup top scorer Peter Misango will start at eight and also captain the side at their rival's turf.
"I expect good structure and running rugby(from Impala)," Cardovillis added.
Douglas Kahuri is up for his first team debut starting at outside centre as Ugandan Daudi Semwami and Dennis Muhanji are set to open wheels on the wings.
Sammy Oliech is available to play for Impala and starts at fly-half while fellow Simba Samson Onsomu will come from the bench to replace scrum-half Ian mabwa.
“I believe we have prepared adequately. The training numbers have been improving over the past 14 weeks. Our intensity in training has also seen a drastic improvement. Matasi and Wekesa have been showing great form." Impala coach Frank Ndong told impalasaracens.com
"They worked for those jerseys. We need a lot of composure, control, deception and a brilliantly polished boot this Saturday. No one else is better placed at this time, to play in the fly-half position, but Sammy Oliech.”
The clash between Quins and Impala will be the highlight of Floodies day one set to be the late-kick off at 7.30pm.
Impala Saracens 1.Wekesa Soita 2 Joshua Matasi 3 Antony Orege 4 Erick Kerre 5 Shem Joseph 6 Tyson Okoth 7 Elvis Oroko 8 Joel Omer (C) 9 Ian Mabwa 10 Samuel Oliech 11 David Moenga 12 Paul Mutsami 13 Antony Nyandigisi 14 Quinto Ongo 15 Richard Sidindi
Finishers 16 Edgar Obino 17 Kevin Ronnoh 18 Harritone Munai 19 Steve Shammah 20 *Samson Onsomu* 21 Billy Omondi 22 Mark Kwemoi 23 Joshua Momanyi
Quins 1. Brian Obwaya 2. Edward Oseko 3. Paul Kioko 4. Hilary Baraza 5. George Odipo 6. Frank Wanyama 7. Edward Shitanda 8. Peter Misango (C) 9. Lyle Asiligwa (Vc) 10. Eden Agero 11. Daudi Semwami 12. Patrice Agunda 13. Douglas Kahuri* 14. Dennis Muhanji 15. William Reeves**
Finishers 16. Boniface Ochieng' 17. John Okwara 18. Ayub Kimutai 19. Michael Onsando 20. Tony Mutai 21. Max Theuri 22. Dominic Osino** 23. Brian Beckham