Hosts Impala Saracens will be out to retain the floodies crown when they face nemesis KCB in a repeat of last year’s final in which the gazzelles claimed a narrow 32-31 win.
Enroute the final,the Sarries received a bye at the quarter final stage before laboring past University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine in the semis as KCB beat Kisii 20-14 in the quarter finals before brushing aside Homeboyz in the last four encounter.
With the battle lines clearly drawn and both tacticians having declared their matchday squads,we take a closer look at some of the key areas and players who may decide the outcome of the late kickoff clash.
Robert Aringo v Ken Moseti
After a lengthy layoff due to injury,the returning Robert Aringo will come up against his opposite number in Ken Moseti;KCB’s vice captain of the day.While Moseti has been ever present for the bankers since the start of the tournament,this will be the first time Aringo is actively playing since 2016.Whoever comes out on top in the battle at the middle of the park may help his side snatch a win.
Brian Nyikuli v Harritone Munai
Nyikuli who is undisputedly among the best backrowers in the country had a fantastic match on his debut for the bankers last weekend,propelling them to Saturday’s final after a hard fought win over Homeboyz RFC.The seasoned flanker has his work cut out as he must outdo his opposite number, rookie Harritone Munai who missed Impala’s quarter final duel against Machine.
Essau Otieno v Renalto Borzone
Italian flyhalf Renalto Borzone has received the nod to start for the Sarries yet again and he will have to be at his best (more than he was last weekend) against his opposite number in KCB’s Essau Otieno who has been instrumental for the bankers,contributing crucial points with his boot.Whoever initiates the best attacks for his side and does the best kicking will carry the day.
James Kubasu v Nelson Nyandat
Kubasu,capped severally with the Kenya Simbas came off the bench last weekend to help his side labor past a resolute Machine side and he will be tasked with the duty of guiding his fellow front men to overcome the experienced KCB frontrow that is led by Nelson Nyandat.Scrum duels will prove to be key in the clash.
Nick Ongeri v Rainer Omondi
This will provide for yet another showdown pitting the youthful Rainer Omondi and the seasoned KCB lock Nick Ongeri.Here,whoever proves to be dominant especially in the air during line outs could influence the final score of the contest.