Gibo Zachary @PeopleSports11
KCB, last year’s beaten finalists, will face Homeboyz as holders Impala Saracens take on Mean Machine in the semi-finals of the Impala Floodlit tournament this weekend after overcoming their opponents in the quarter-finals last weekend.
KCB needed a hard-fought 20-14 win over debutants Resolution Kisii RFC to seal their place on Saturday evening.
The bankers took an early lead courtesy of Essau Otieno’s penalty but the Kenya Cup newcomers responded immediately when Boaz Ombura scored a converted try to give Kisii a healthy 7-3 lead but again, KCB showed their class as Felix Ojow’s converted try gave them a 10-7 lead at half-time. After the break, KCB were the dominant side as they seek to recapture the title they lost to Impala last year and they were soon cruising to a 20-7 lead courtesy of Marlin Mukolwe and Bonab Were’s unconverted tries.
Kisii then staged a spirited comeback, pulling one converted try back through Alvin Maube but it was not enough to save them as the bankers held on to sail through.
KCB will now take on one of the form teams of the season Homeboyz in Saturday’s semi-final after the deejays came from 16-3 down to beat Kenya Harlequins 20-16 in another scintillating quarter-final match played on the same day.
The deejays notched 17 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Quins and book the mouthwatering date with KCB.
Meanwhile, Mean Machine knocked out Strathmore Leos in another quarter-final tie following a hard-fought 11-6 victory and will now face champions Impala who were given a bye in the clubs category.
In the universities category, defending champions Menengai Oilers started their title defence with a bang after thrashing Mean Machine II 39-3 as last year’s losing finalists Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad whitewashed MKU Thika 57-0.
Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and Catholic Monks also booked their slots in the semis after the former stunned Strathmore II 8-3 while the latter saw off Daystar Falcons 15-8.