Gibo zachary @Peoplesport11
Fifteens rugby season is back with Impala Floodlit Rugby tournament which is set to spark after dates, venues and draws announced. Bruising battles promise to be witnessed as the tournament’s 36th edition kicks off in earnest on November 4 at the Impala Grounds and RFUEA Grounds with six matches of the club and universities categories on the cards.
Hosts Impala Saracens, the reigning champions have being given a bye for next weekend’s tournament kick off and will start their campaign on Saturday November 11th facing the winner from the quarter-final tie between Strathmore and Mean Machine.
Last year’s losing finalist Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) RFC will get this year’s proceedings underway when they face newbies Resolution Kisii RFC in the opening clubs’ category match at 3pm.
Strathmore Leos RFC, the 2013 tournament champions play Mean Machine in the second match from 5pm with the winner of this encounter earning a semifinal tie against defending champions Impala Saracens on November 11.
The third and final fixture on the day in the club category will see a mouthwatering clash between SportPesa Quins and Menengai Cream Homeboyz as from 7pm with the winner of this quarterfinal tie, booking a semifinal date with the winner between Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Resolution Kisii.
The popular university category is also in the mix and the students are too bracing for a bruising battle in the this category with newcomers and fast maturing Menengai Oilers who are also this category’s reigning champions, gets their title defense underway at Impala Grounds as they lock horns with Mean Machine II in the 11am match.
This match will thus pave way for another scintillating tie pitting Strathmore Leos II against Technical University of Kenya (TUK) at the RFUEA grounds from 1pm before Daystar University Falcons take head on Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) Catholic Monks at the same venue from 3pm.
With United States International University (USIU-Martials) confirming that they will not be participating in this year’s Floodies tournament due to the closing of school 10 days prior to the tournament and hence not enough time to prepare for Floodies, leaves their opponent Kenyatta University’s Blakblad with no opponent and probably an easy bye passage to the university category semis unless the organisers get a university side to face them in the quarters next weekend.
The Floodlit tournament marks the beginning of the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) fifteens season that is expected to run for the next five months starting November 25th 2017 to March 17th 2018, and marks the end of the Sevens season which saw cultivating Kabras Sugar clinch the 2017 National Sevens Circuit overall title, their first ever NSC’s gong in the club’s history.