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Harlequins out to revenge last season’s elimination as Impala come calling

For the second time in a row Kenya Harlequins and their neighbours Impala Saracens will face off at the Kenya Cup quarterfinal stage. 

This time round they will square it at RFUEA Grounds. Last season it was Impala who proceeded to the semis following a 34-18 win over the Quins.

Head to head

Kenya Harlequins have dominated this clash winning five of the last eight Kenya Cup meetings.  Impala, on the other hand, have three wins with two of those coming last season.

Quins have scored 203 points in the eight meetings with Impala who have 182 scored against Quins.

The last time these two met was at the Impala Club where Quins won 37-24. Quins took a 27-0 to the break and added 10 points in the closing to win the clash to win the clash which they had to survive a late scare by the Sarries.

Quins

Kenya Harlequins have had a slight improvement from last season. They finished the regular season at position three which is a rise from last season where they ended the regular season at position five. Charles Cardovillis who took charge of the side before the start of the season guided them to 10 wins, a draw and five defeats. They scored 419 points and conceded 305.

Quins last appeared in the semis in the 2015/16 season and the 2016/17 season. With Cardo having achieved a final appearance with Kabras last season,  he will be keen to repeat the same fate with Quins but his first target will be to send his neighbors packing.

Impala

Impala are in search of the third semi-final appearance in five seasons. The Gazelles reached the semis last season after beating Quins and will be eyeing do it again this season.

Frank Ndong charges started the 2018/19 season impressively and collected four straight wins though with slim margin. Their fortunes changed after a 41-10 defeat to Kabras in Kakamega. They would then wait till matchday nine to return to winning ways. They also had to wait till Nondies lost to Quins to qualify for the playoffs. With the regular season behind them, their ultimate will now be to oust Quins to keep their dream of winning Kenya Cup title for teh first time in 10 years alive.

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