KRU Championship: Impala thrash Kabarak to keep third-place semis playoff place alive

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RUGBY KRU Championship: Impala thrash Kabarak to keep third-place semis playoff place alive

Mark Kinyanjui 19:00 - 02.03.2024

Impala pile more misery on struggling Kabarak University to keep their high playoff place chances alive with one game of the KRU Championship season left to play.

Impala RFC proved too good for Kabarak as they smashed them 34-16 in a KRU Championship encounter that took place at the Impala Grounds on Saturday afternoon to keep their chances of securing a high playoff place alive.

Impala got off to a flying start in the second minute when Brian Ochieng landed a well converted try, but Kabras reduced the deficit from a penalty a few minutes later.

Israel Soi would net the hosts’ second successfully converted try of the afternoon in the 12th minute, before Brian Owino added a third, although not converted, in the 15th minute, leaving Kabarak with plenty of work to do to play catchup.

Although Kabarak’s Prawin Obare was yellow carded for infringement, they netted two penalties after capitalising on two errors from Impala to reduce the scores to ten points. Impala would however land yet another try just before the break to give them a 24-9 lead heading into the break.

Kabarak would however show more grit at the beginning of the second half, pinning back the hosts in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, and although Reen Amondi and Meshack Oduorwere temporarily suspended, a well convered try by Edwin Amunda meant that the scores were now 24-16. 

They also forced three Imapla players into being temporarily suspended, despite conceding a penalty.

Their efforts ultimately could not bear fruit as before too long, Patrick Muli would land yet another well converted try to put Impala into the 34 point mark, and scoring four tries meant they earned that invaluable bonus point.

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In the end, Kabras would gain the win and maximum points to keep them in fourth place , where they will now be facing UoE Trojans in their last match of the regular season, hoping they can try and secure a third place spot, having already guaranteed themselves a semis playoff spot.