Malik Ndema of Impala dashes away from KCB’s John Ahenda (left) and Sebastian Shivoka during their Kenya Cup match at KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka on Saturday. KCB won the match 39-6. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO/NATION MEDIA GROUP
MARAUDING LIONS SLAUGHTER IMPALA!!!
The marauding KCB Lions displayed why they are the reigning national league champions by shattering Impala RFC's unbeaten run with an emphatic 39-6 thumping in a Kenya Cup fixture at the Lions Den in Ruaraka this afternoon.This win,coupled with a 7-23 home loss by Quins to Nondies puts the Lions in pole position in the league with 25 points to Quins 24 points thought the Quins have a game in hand.Impala slip down to third on 20 points
A sterling all around display left the Impala Gazelles overawed as the menacing Lions totally dominated play with sporadic attacks and watertight defence.Not even the sending off of Anthony Ogot for retaliation could stop the Lions charge for a third successive Kenya Cup title.
Moses Kola kicked Impala into the lead in the second minute. This was the only time they led as KCB weathered the early pressure to reply with a try by Andrew Amonde in the 12th minute.
Three minutes later, John Ahenda barged over and Peter Mutai converted to establish a 10-3 lead.
Mutai added a penalty in the 35th minute and Kola pulled one back for Impala as the teams went for the break with KCB leading 15-6.
The second half belonged entirely to KCB with Andrew Amonde and Peter Mutai outstanding in the backs and Derrick Wamalwa controlling the pack well.
Tempers flared in the half, which prompted referee Mwangi Karimi to send KCB lock forward Anthony Ogot to the sin bin and asked the two captains — Moses Kola and Paul Murunga — to speak to their players. Sebastian Shivoka touched down in the 58th minute and Mutai converted.
Four minutes later, Edwin Alubaka completed a good move by the forwards and Mutai was sure to stretch the lead 29-6. Arnold Odera and Richard Kinyany completed the rout with a try each.
Earlier, the KCB Cubs had set an example for their senior side with an equally emphatic 42-7 thumping of Impala Swara in the Eric Shirley Shield.Impala Swara were the E.S.S league leaders going into this fixture.Again it was a dominant display characterised by waves of attacks and watertight defence.KCB II 42 Impala II 7
Scrum-half Benjamin Otieno scored a hattrick as KCB II led 22-7 at half time before beating Impala II 42-7 at KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka. The win shattered Impala II’s six-match unbeaten run as the league reached the halfway stage.
The bankers scored eight tries. Besides Otieno, the other try scorers were Ian Indimuli, Michael Kwambo, Frank Nabutola, Daniel Turungi and Bryson Sifuma. Otieno added one conversion.
Eric Ochieng scored the consolation try for Impala II which Sammy Wefwafwa converted.
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