Strathmore coach comments on Nondies win and Impala clash

Strathmore coach John Mbai says he was impressed with his charges in their 25-23 win against Nondies last weekend which assured them of a berth in the semifinals where they will face hosts Impala.
The coach, however, was quick to point out on one of their major undoings which he termed as lack of lasting power. This was evident as the students went into the blocks leading 22-6 but nearly gave away the game in the dying minutes of the game.
According to Mbai, this could be because the team is just three weeks into their pre-season training and he hopes to improve on it.
“Playing against Nondies last weekend was interesting. In as much as they blow hot and cold sometimes, they put forth a very interesting challenge. They seemed to understand our problem, which is lasting power. Maybe this is because we are just 3 weeks into our pre-season preparations. We played the first 25 minutes well, but as soon as our lasting power started waning, we drifted off script especially at the breakdown and attack. This week, we are working to load on our maintenance aspect.” Mbai told Impala official portal.
Ahead of the semi-final tie against Impala, the coach believes that setpieces will play an important role in deciding the winner.
” We are also very keen on how Impala play especially at the set-piece. The set-piece will be a very important part of this duel. Last season when we played them, we gave away a lot of points through poor discipline and lukewarm scrummaging. Our opponent are a quality side. It is not a fluke that they always finish at the semis or finals in this tournament. It is testament to their pre-season preparations. For us, we’ll try and see which areas we can exploit. We are looking forward to an exciting challenge, but most importantly, we want to see just how far we can go within our pre-season preparations.”
The match will kick off at 1750 hours.

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