Kenya Cup side Impala Saracens are up in arms following Kenya Rugby Union’s change in tune that relegated them from Kenya’s rugby top flight two days after having escaped the drop down axe by a whisker.
Saracens finished the season tied with Kenya Harlequin on 17 points and were sure of their stay thanks to their better aggregate of -47 against Quins’ -69 as the later dropped to the to Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championships, the second tier of rugby in Kenya alongside Nondescripts who finished bottom of the 12-team log with 16 points.
KRU however made an about-turn in relegating Saracens while saving Quins, with the union saying it had opted for a head to head record as a tie breaker, which favours Quins for they won their regular season game against Saracens 29-20.
The decision has however been contested by Saracens who feel they are the ones to stay in the top tier.
“From the email sent from KRU is like they made recreation recall redefining the league, because there was one away match played at Harlequins while the manual talks about matches; which is home and away for fairness, so around that area is where we are looking if we can contest that determination,” said club vice chairman Charles Mbogo.
KRU’s League and Fixtures Committee chairman Hilary Itela said that the decision was arrived at in their meeting on Monday citing Clause 5.c of the Kenya Cup League manual.
The explanation has not however satisfied Saracens with Mbogo faulting the committee and the manner in which it arrived at the decision.
“Our question is why was a committee called in to address a league standing table while the league has been going on since November? They’ve been following the rule of most points followed by point’s difference and that has been in use for the last five to six years,” added Mbogo.