Dec 05, 2016
Impala Saracens Lose Out To Harlequins In Local Derby
Resolution Impala Saracens’ unbeaten run in the 2016-17 Kenya Cup season has been cut short as they were overcome by local rivals Harlequins.
The team lost 10-28 to a SportPesa Quins side that appeared to control proceedings at the Impala Club under mixed weather conditions.
The hosts could have started off the blocks with a 3-0 lead, but Quinto Ongo’s boot failed to find the target.
Kevin Keegan capitalised on Impala's indiscipline, booting over a penalty to open the scoring. Quins lock Herman Humwa would then go over the wet chalk for Quins' first try. Keegan converted with precision from the corner flag stretching Quins' lead to 10 points. Paul Mutsami would be caught entering ruck from the side by referee David Karani and Keegan would once more punish Impala, increasing the trail by 3 more points. Humwa would make it a brace at the stroke of half time but Keegan booted wide.
Impala came out after half time ready to lay siege on the Quins half and within the first 16 minutes of the second half they reaped the rewards of their efforts as Quinto Ongo booted over for 3 points. SportPesa Quins’ Frank Kalwale was yellow carded for infringement in the 55th minute and Impala would use this opportunity to score their only try of the rainy afternoon. Duncan Ekasi struck into gap, stretching Quins' Brian Okwomi before diving into the box. Ongo converted with ease. The score board read 10-18.
Impala needed a try to change the tempo of the game but after phase play and a clear cut overlap in Quin 22, Anthony Nyandigisi would pass the ball forward to Mark Kwemoi. Referee David Karani blew the whistle just in time to disallow Kwemoi’s try.
With 15 minutes to play Quins' Keegan struck another penalty and an 80th minute try from Patrice Aguna confirmed the victory for Quins.
Resolution Impala Saracens’ Director of Rugby, Fred Ollows, stated, "Big matches are about key moments. Quins seemed more ready mentally for the contest. As I said before the match, this fixture was going be about taking moments. They executed theirs, we didn't ours. But we’ll be back"