NAIROBI, Kenya, November 19- The last two unbeaten sides in the Kenya Cup will lock horns in a top of the table clash at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds on Saturday.
League leaders Impala hope to maintain their red hot form against an equally sizzling Kenya Harlequins who face their first real test of their title defence in front of their home crowd.
Impala have picked up four out of a possible five bonus points giving them a points tally of twenty while Quins are also unblemished, though with a game in hand.
They trail their age old rivals by five points and will be out to register a win that will cut the deficit and put pressure on the Gazelles.
Bottom side Mean Machine have a chance to post a morale boosting victory against an equally struggling Nakuru RFC at the University of Nairobi grounds.
First leg action has been unkind to these two sides thus far. Both sides were narrow losers last weekend, Nakuru running Mwamba close before going down 17-10 while Machine restricted Quins to a 20-10 result.
It will be difficult to predict a winner but one thing is certain, the team that wants it more will carry day. It should be another interesting encounter.
Strathmore’s form seems to have slipped away from them after bustling start that saw them win two games on the trot. A narrow defeat to Nondies followed by huge losses to Quins and Impala in the last two rounds have resulted in the Leos tumbling out of the top three, winding up fifth.
A win against KCB at the Impala grounds may not necessarily give them a quantum leap up the table but it would give them a chance to stem the tide of disappointing results.
Third placed KCB, who pummeled Nondies 44-8 on match six, will be gunning for a fourth successive win since their opening day 22-17 defeat to Mwamba. A win over Strathmore will ensure that they stay in touch with the league’s leaders.
Match Day Seven Fixtures
Quins v Impala, RFUEA, 430pm
Machine v Nakuru, UoN, 430pm
Strathmore v KCB, Impala Club, 430pm
Eric Shirley Shield
Quins II v Impala II, RFUEA, 300pm
Machine II v Nakuru II, UoN, 300pm
Strath II v KCB II, Impala Club, 300pm
Nondies II v Homeboyz
Mombasa v Mwamba II
Kisumu v Masinde Muliro, Kisumu Poly, 300pm
Bungoma v Kakamega, Bungoma, 300pm
Maseno v Webuye, Maseno, 300pm
Siaya v Kisii, Siaya, 300pm
Kabarak v Impala III, Kabarak, 3.00pm
Egerton v KCA, Egerton, 300pm
KEMU v Catholic, Meru, 300pm
Blak Blad v Moi, Kenyatta University, 300pm
Spartans v Homeboyz II
USIU v Oryx
Daystar v Kenya Poly
Nazarene v Shepherds