Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will take on defending champions Impala in a repeat cup final slated for November 18 at the Impala Grounds after both sides triumphed through their respective semis on Saturday evening.
Impala were first to qualify for the finals after seeing off spirited Mean Machine 20-10 in their match as KCB sent out Homeboyz with a hard fought 18-16 win. Impala saw off Machine through a converted try, a penalty try and two penalties against Machine’s lone converted try and a penalty. Impala launched first points of the match courtesy of Quinto Oongo’s corner try after Machine forwards were caught off foot in their left wing. Oongo went ahead to convert his own try to make it a 7-0 opening score.
Machine’s fullback Eric Muthama responded later with a successful penalty after failing to drill his first to cut the deficit to 3-7 at half time. Quinto Oongo returned to take Impala to 10-3 with another penalty but this was short lived as Machine forwards charged up after Valentine Odoyo replaced Kevin Otieno at fly.
Odoyo would put his forwards to work, a move which saw the varsity side score a try through their hooker Grevis Onyino with Odoyo drilling the conversion to bring the scores to 10-10 in the 65th minute.
Odoyo had two clean breaks earlier on but lacked support to complete his breaks with only one man to beat forcing the hosts to work all round. Impala were awarded a penalty try following a faulty scrum play and this was complemented by a drop goal by Mark Kwemoi to seal a 20-10 win.
Impala’s skipper Duncan Ekasi could finally breath at ease at the final whistle and was pleased by his boys teamwork. “Playing against Machine in this tournament has always been a nightmare but the final results is what counts most. We played as a team and as the hosts and defending champions we were under some pressure to win the match, which was tougher than our expectations.
We now move forth and our focus shifts to KCB,” said Ekasi. Last year’s runners-up KCB on the other hand survived Homeboyz resilience to steal the win from the grasp with a drop goal by the experienced Ken Moseti to win the match 18-16.
Homeboyz would have switched the scores with a penalty attempt through Mohammed Omollo’s boot at the last play but his kick went wide leaving KCB fans in a rare celebration mood. KCB scored two tries, a penalty and a drop-goal to against the deejays lone converted try and three penalties.