Rugby: KCB, Quins to face off in Floodlit opener

Club representatives from Nondies, KCB, Impala, Blak Blad and Quins during the launch of the 2022 Impala Floodlight tournament at Impala Club yesterday. [Courtesy]

The 2019 Impala Floodlit champions KCB RC will begin their title defence against Kenya Harlequins in the first quarterfinal of the 2022 edition at the Impala Club on Saturday.

This was revealed during the tournament draw held at the Impala Club yesterday.

In other matches in the club category, Nondescripts RFC will face fellow championship side and hosts Impala RFC. 

The third quarterfinal will feature a Nakuru derby, with 2022 Kenya Cup finalists Menengai Oilers facing neighbours Nakuru RFC.

The last quarterfinal in the clubs’ competition will see Strathmore Leos take on Kenyatta University's Blak Blad RFC.

In the women’s competition, hosts Impala Women will clash with Maseno University, with the Northern Suburbs taking on RuckIt. The women’s competition will take place on November 5 and 12.

Defending universities champions Strathmore Leos II, will take on USIU in the first quarterfinals with Kenya Cup side Catholic Monks facing Blak Blad II.

Daystar Falcons will clash with Mean Machine as the Kenya U20 national side tackle Nakuru Universities combined.

Speaking on the tournament preparations during the draw ceremony, Impala chairman Charles Ngovi said: “We are excited to host you here today as we draw a step closer to the tournament kick off, preparations are in full gear, the pitch is in pristine condition, we are finalising repairs on the stands and lights to ensure that both fans and players enjoy a world class experience.”

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