Kenya Cup side Impala Saracens attributed their Saturday 34-18 win over rivals Harlequins to focus as they prepare for a bigger duel, an away cup semi-finals slated for March 17 against the defending champions KCB at the latter’s home turf in Ruaraka Grounds.
A 20-18 half-time lead was on target for the hosts who made it a double over Quins this season owing to their earlier 10-8 win at the RFUEA Grounds on January 20.
Sarries defensive play denied Harlequins a point in the second half while scoring two converted tries for a 34-18 win. Head coach Frank Ndong praised his boys resolute focus adding that their hunger for the cup should get them through to the finals past KCB. “We played to the script. Our forwards gained ground despite Quins tough opposition and our backs fired well.
“The win against Quins is a display of our boys’ hunger in the cup contention and we will be polishing up for the semis against KCB by building up on our strengths and sealing any loopholes,” said Ndong.
Impala drew 9-9 with the defending champs at the KCB sports club in the final round of the league matches, a fact that will motivate them heading back to the Lion’s den this Saturday.
Kenyan international Samuel Motari had grabbed the lead for the hosts but the try was cancelled by Quins prop James Kangethe. Full back Mark Kwemoi took the hosts back into the lead courtesy of his boot to make it an 8-5 score.
Quins skipper Tony Mutai gave Quins a retaliatory try but was cancelled by determined Mark Kwemoi through his individual try to hold onto a 15-10 lead which was furthered to 20-10 by Motari with his second try.
Peter Misango scored a try for Quins and was converted by Lyle Asiligwa to break trailing by two points. Backrower Paul Mutsami and experienced fly half Anthony Nyandigisi scored a converted try each to seal the win with a convincing 34-18 win.