KRU Championship: SC Pirates vs Impala final preview

Scrum contest between South Coast Pirates vs Shamas Foundation. Photo Courtesy/Pirates.

On Saturday, April 6th, 2024, at Sea Crest Grounds in Ukunda, SC Pirates are set to host Impala RFC in a significant KRU Championship encounter, marking a historic event.

It will be the first time ever that Diani will be hosting a KRU Championship final. In their quest to secure berths in the final, the Pirates triumphed over Daystar Falcons with a scoreline of 30-15, while Impala RFC had to endure a hard-fought battle to narrowly defeat MMUST 12-11 in Kakamega.

SC Pirates vs Impala H2H

This upcoming match will mark the third encounter between the two teams, with the Pirates emerging victorious in the previous two meetings, both held at Seacrest Grounds.

South Coast Pirates in past match. PHOTO/South Coats Pirates

South Coast Pirates in past match. PHOTO/South Coats Pirates

The initial encounter took place last season during Impala’s debut season, where the Pirates secured a 20-17 victory. Similarly, this season, Impala made the trip to Diani for the eighth matchday and suffered a 26-18 defeat in February.

SC Pirates run

SC Pirates have had an impressive season, winning nine games in the regular season with only one loss. They showcased exceptional offensive prowess, tallying 310 points, while also boasting the best defensive record, conceding only 91 points.

The Pirates etched their name in KRU Championship history by becoming the first team to surpass the 100-point mark in a single game, overpowering UoE Trojans 102-3.


With their place in the Kenya Cup secured for the next season, the Coastal side is determined to conclude the season on a high note by clinching the title.

They aim to capitalize on their home advantage at Sea Crest Grounds, a venue where Impala RFC have struggled to secure victories.

Impala RFC run

Impala RFC, on the other hand, showcased resilience in their journey to the final, notably overcoming favourites  MMUST with a narrow 12-11 victory, fueled by Quinto Ongo’s accurate kicking.

Although Impala experienced fluctuations in form throughout the season, they regained momentum at the crucial stage of the tournament, eliminating Western Bulls and MMUST.

Impala RFC in action. PHOTO/Impala Rugby/Facebook

Impala RFC in action. PHOTO/Impala Rugby/Facebook

The Gazelles won only six games in the regular season and conceding the most points among playoff teams (172). Impala RFC managed to score a total of 188 points.

With a recent resurgence in form, Impala RFC enter the match against SC Pirates with confidence, poised to potentially upset the hosts.

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