A speeding Patrick Mutuku proved too hot to handle for Strathmore Leos in the 12th minute. Bernard Rotich converted with ease to place the Boks 7-0 ahead. Clever kicking by Strathmore fly-half – Lucas Opal sprayed confusion in Impala defence. The kick which Timothy Makiya failed to secure, fell into Strathmore hands. The final result was a rudely executed punishment by Gunter Omollo at the 19th minute. Opall split the posts at the 29th minute after Impala were caught breaking the law. His kick placed the students 8-7 ahead. Billy Omondi stepped into an Impala maul & stayed behind it as strathmore back-trotted into their own try-box. His 35th minute try was converted nicely by Rotich. Strathmore’s Arnold Muita kicked over penalty just before the half-time whistle to close the half
HT: Resolution Impala Saracens Boks 14-11 Strathmore Leos II
Centre – Bob Otieno’s hunger for winning came alive in this half. A minute before he was denied a try scoring opportunity by the referee, he charged down a Strathmore kick and followed the ball to grounding it 28 seconds after kick off. Rotich’s boot converted nicely for a 21-11 scoreline. A stubborn Strathmore scored an easy try through Opall in the 46th minute. John Zuma converted, cutting Impala’s lead to only 3 points. This was the last time Strathmore scored.
Steve Shammah scored in the 50th minute. Although Rotich missed the conversion, he went ahead to convert Mutuku’s 2nd try in the 52nd minute. Ian Mabwa closed the match in style, scoring a beautiful try that went unconverted by Rotich in the 60th minute.
FT: Resolution Impala Saracens Boks 38-18 Strathmore Leos
The Resolution Impala Saracens Boks now stand 3rd on the 2017-18 ESS log with 39 points. Homeboyz lead with 47. KCB are second with 45. Kenya Harlequins stand 4th with 35. Nakuru are 5th with 29. Kabras stand 6th with 28.
The Boks face an interesting challenger in KCB this Saturday 3rd March 2018 at the Den. While KCB will be seeking to avenge the 2016-17 ESS final loss, Impala will be playing to solidify a perfect play-off position & while doing so, asserting dominance.