'Mean' Machine knock out defending Driftwood 7's champions Quins

By alex wafula
Sep 03, 2017
  • Mean Machine put up a solid defense to knock out Kenya Harlequin FC. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Fans and players of Mean Machine soak a sweet win over Kenya Harlequin in the main cup quarters of Driftwood 7's. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Rasta Rasivhenge, a top tier World Rugby referee officiated the match between Nakuru and Kabras. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

This year’s Driftwood Sevens will have a new champion after holders Kenya Harlequins FC were knocked out 7-0 by surprise package Mean Machine.

The students who progressed to the main cup quarters by a whisker on points difference courtesy of KCB’s loss to Impala on day one on Saturday continued their giant-killing spree by claiming the scalp of Quins.

Grevis Onyino’s try was converted by Erick Muthama to give Mean Machine possible favorable draw in the next tournament, Kabeberi Sevens.

The win against Impala and Quins was a welcome dose of joy especially after they were relegated from Kenya Cup at the completion of the season.

“I think many people underrated us and that’s why we are performing the way we are. We are in it for the big one, the Main Cup trophy and we will give our best to ensure we win. The key thing for us has been discipline and hard work and we are delighted to get this far,” Ramsfield Matekwa, the Machine coach said after the game.

In this match, Onyino capitalized on a defensive lapse by Quins to touch down on the left. Quins gave away possession easily by committing a foul inside their own 22.

Onyino spotted green grass ahead and quickly took a penalty before going over the try line. From a tight angle Muthama added in the extras.

Disciplined defense

Mean Machine were disciplined in defense despite Quins exerting pressure to level up the scores.

Roxy Dan Suchi should have taken Quins within two points at the end of the first half, but the Mean Machine defense produced some super defending to knock him off the pitch after the buzzer had gone.

In the second half, Quins camped in the Mean Machine half, but could not unlock the solid defense.

But, there was another upset when Mitch Ochollah got one over his old foe Charles Cardovillis as Nakuru RFC beat Kabras Sugar 12-7 to progress to the Main Cup Semis.

Momaye Akweyi’s converted try a minute to the final whistle gave Wanyore the win after Kabras had fought from 5-0 down to tie at 5-5.

Mean Machine and Nakuru face off in the semis.

Another surprise package Menengai Oilers continued with their impressive run, beating another top side in Impala RFC 10-0 with a try in each half.

They will take on Circuit defending champions Homeboyz who beat Nondies 19-7 in the quarters.

In the Challenge trophy, big guns KCB and Mwamba progressed.

Main Cup Quarters results: Homeboyz 19 Nondies 7, Nakuru 12 Kabras 7, Kenya Harlequins 0 Mean Machine 7, Menengai Oilers 10 Impala 0.

Challenge Trophy Quarters: Blak Blad 26 KCA-U 7, KCB 22 Kisii RFC 5, Strathmore University 24 Western Bulls 12, Mwamba 36 Mombasa 5.