Past action between Nondies and Impala. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-Half

Impala hold off Nondies to stay on playoff track


Impala scored four tries on their way to see off neighbours Nondies 28-18 in a Kenya cup contest staged at the Impala grounds.

The hosts struck first through Bill Omondi, finishing off a huge shove by the Impala scrum that brought them close to the Nondies try line, Sammy Oliech adding the extra two to make it 7-0 early on. Steve Otieno then showed power and fury to fend of the attention of three Nondies defenders on his way to scoring in the corner. Oliech double sureĀ  with his boot to drill in the resulting conversion.

Biko Adema put the first points on the board for Nondies as Impala missed another glorious chance on the other end as center referee Beryl Ochieng called for a held up. The Gazzelles then made sure the resulting scrum counted, Oliech muscling his way over before splitting the uprights to make it 21-3. Adema added a three pointer for the Rangers to make it 21-6 heading into the breather.

The Rangers scored first in the second stanza through the bulky under 20 Ace Ian Njenga who shoved his way through helpless Impala defenders off a lineout move, Adema missing the conversion to make it 21-11.

Mwenesi was on mark for the Rangers, going over the white chalk after grinding several phases under the posts to take the scores to 21-18, putting the game in course for an interesting finish.

The hosts stretched their lead as a rushing Anthony Odhiambo hit delivered the killer blow, latching onto an offload top a clean pair of heels to score in the corner, Oliech boldly stepping up to convert the try from the corner.

Impala: 1.Emmanuel Otieno 2.Girvens Onyango 3.Brian Ochieng 4.Davis Makori 5.Simon Muniafu 6.Elkeans Musonye 7.CarlWilliam Odhiambo 8.Steve Otieno 9.Sam Onsomu 10.Sammy Oliech 11.Bill Omondi 12.Ishmael Mokaya 13.Anthony Nyandigisi 14.Alvin Marube 15.Anthony Odhiambo

Replacements

16.Dan Ndome 17.Nesta Okotch 18.John Kiilu 19.Erick Kerre 20.Bill Arigi 21.Xavier Kipngetich 22.Israel Soi 23.Quinto Ongo


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