The Star (Nairobi)

24 November 2012

Kenya: KCB Face Impala As Kenya Cup Enters Fourth Week

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) host Impala as the Kenya Cup enters its fourth weekend. The bankers have been in top form since the league started and registered a 50-12 demolition of Homeboyz last week.

They are currently placed third with 10 points though they have played a game less. Impala on the other hand, started the campaign on a poor note, losing all their three opening games.

They face a herculean task to win today's encounter at Ruaraka. The bankers will deploy a forward driven game with the likes of Maxwell Adaka, Dennia Mwanja and Anthony Ogot leading the onslaught in the pack.

Peter Mutai starts at scrum-half and is expected to provide plenty of balls to Darwin Mukidzda and Edwin Salamba in the backs. Impala welcome back skipper Duncan Ekasi from injury and will no doubt add experience to young outfit which has struggled in the past couple of weeks. Ekasi has Davis Makori, Anthony Nyandigisi, Paul Oimbo, Anthony Oyugi and Robert Odhiambo to count on in today's fixture.

Champions Quins face Homeboyz. Quins have been effective in each of their outings to date and will definitely be out to maintain the same level of consistency against a Homeboyz, who have won once. Homeboyz beat Strathmore 20-15 but lost to Mwamba 8-43 and KCB 12-50. Second-placed Nakuru RFC welcome Nondies.

Nakuru are the league's leading scorers, having accumulated 118 points from three straight wins, averaging 39 points per game. They lie second on the log and are level on points with leaders Quins but with inferior points difference.

Fourth-placed Strathmore Leos with two wins and a loss from three matches host third-placed Mwamba RFC (3 wins from 3 outings) at the UoN grounds.

Only two points separate the two sides and with a chance to move up the table and Mwamba's unbeaten record at stake, this should be an entertaining fixture.

Western Bulls and Kisumu face off in the West Kenya derby at the Kakamega High School. The sixth-placed Bulls are enjoying their debut season so far.

They recovering from match Day One 0-37 loss away to Quins to win twice on the trot with their most recent result being a 16-8 win over fellow debutants Blak Blad last weekend.

Kisumu, win-less from two outings, will be seeking not only to pick up their first points of the season but also grab regional bragging rights against their neighbours.

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