Bulls gore Strathmore to reach Sepetuka 7's cup quarters

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 30, 2017
  • Western Bulls in a previous Kenya Cup match against Mwamba RFC. They upset Strathmore University to qualify for the main cup quarters at Sepetuka Sevens in Eldoret. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Kabras denied Strathmore University a place in the main cup quarter final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Impala's Ian Minjire in a previous action against Menengai Oilers. Impala bounced back from a disappointing tournament in Nakuru to reach the cup quarters. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Upsets at Eldoret Sports Club marked the opening day of Sepetuks Sevens, the fourth tournament of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit.

Impala set the tone by upsetting top seeds Kenya Commercial Bank 29-5. Then, Menengai Oilers edged out the big brother Nakuru FC 17-12. Western Bulls narrowly beat Strathmore University 14-7.

A comeback by top seeds KCB and Nakuru saw them reach the last eight with hosts Homeboyz winning all their opening matches. Strathmore University and Mwamba dropped to the Challenge Trophy.

In the first upset, Paul Mutsami scored an unconverted try and Sammy Motari added the second which Mark Kwemoi converted for a 12-0 lead for Impala. Motari completed his brace as Impala led 17-0 at halftime.

On resumption, Samson Onsomu stretched the lead with a try before Isaac Njoroge scored a consolation try for the bankers. Ian Mabwa scored the fifth try for Impala to win 29-5.

Mwamba went through the paces to beat Catholic University 42-7 in the second match paving way for a Nakuru derby between Nakuru RFC and Menengai Oilers which went down the wire.

Philip Owuor scored an unconverted try for Nakuru RFC and Sam Muregi replied for Menengai Oilers to tie the scores 5-5 at halftime.

Eric Ombasa broke the deadlock with a converted try for Menengai Oilers to lead 12-5. Nakuru RFC went on the offensive with a good run by Nelson Oyoo who lost his support.

Menengai Oilers turned over the ball and Blastus Juma scored a try on the other end to stretch the lead 17-5. Oscar Ouma initiated Nakuru RFC's second try which was converted for a narrow 12-17 loss.

Western Bulls upset Strathmore

The upsets continued when Western Bulls narrowly beat Strathmore University 14-7.

KCB rekindled their hopes of reaching the main cup quarter final with a 33-5 win over Catholic University.

In this match, Mchael Kimwele scored the opening try for the bankers before Catholic University scored an unconverted try.

Stafford Abeka broke the deadlock scoring a try which Ahmed Shaban converted to regain the lead 12-5 at the break.

On resumption, Shaban scored and converted to extend the lead 19-5. Brian Omondi was next over and Shaban added the extras as the bankers led 26-5.

Michael Wanjala scored the last try and Isaac Njoroge converted for the win.

Impala qualified for the main cup quarter final with a narrow 15-10 win over Mwamba.

Mark Kwemoi scored an unconverted try for Impala and Derrick Mayar added the second for a 10-0 lead at half time.

In the second half, Alex Aturo scored a try for Mwamba to narrow Impala's lead to 10-5 before Davis Makori extended Impala's lead to 15-5.

Mwamba rallied with a late try and needed to beat KCB to qualify. They lost 15-20 to KCB to drop to the Challenge Trophy.

In this match, Elphas Otieno opened the scores for KCB and Abeka added the second as the bankers led 10-0.

Just before the break, Humphrey Kayange attacked and scored for Mwamba to halve the scores. They led 15-10 from tries by Aturo and Kayange. But, Abeka scored the winner for KCB.

Homeboyz and Menengai Oilers qualified for the main cup quarters after winning their second matches. Homeboyz beat Mean Machine 26-12 while Menengai narrowly beat Blak Blad 26-24 to qualify.

Amunga sliced through Nakuru ranks

Nakuru qualified for the quarter final after beating Blak Blad 22-7 in their last pool match. It was the students who scored first through Levi Amunga who scored and converted his try after slicing through the Nakuru ranks.

Monate Akwei replied for Nakuru who trailed 5-7. Nelson Oyoo scored two tries as Nakuru led 17-7 at halftime. Gramwell Bunyasi scored the only try in the second half which was enough to steer Nakuru to the main cup quarters.

Homeboyz completed a formality 35-7 win over Quins to finish unbeaten in Pool C. Jeff Oluoch scored a try from the kick off and Wanjala converted for a 7-0 lead.

Bush Mwale was next over and Wanjala converted to extend the lead 14-0. Oluoch completed his brace and Wanjala added the extras to extend the lead 21-0 before David Ambunya replied for Quins who trailed 7-21 at the break.

Humphrey Mulama and Wanjala scored a try each in the second half for the win.

Kabras then beat Strathmore University 17-0 in the final match of the day to reach the cup quarters. The first half ended on a clean sheet with Kabras losing Dan Sikuta to the naughty chair.

He came off the chair to open the scores for Kabras who added two more through Kelvins Kobole and Brian Juma for the win. 

Sepetuka Sevens 

Main cup quarter finals: Impala v Western Bulls (10.50 a.m.), Homeboyz v Nakuru (11.10), Kabras v KCB (11.30), Menengai Oilers v Quins (11.50).

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Mwamba v Makueni (9.30 a.m), Mean Machine v Nondies (9.50), Strathmore University v Catholic University (10.10), Blak Blad v Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika (10.30). 

Day one results 

Pool A: KCB, Mwamba, Impala, Catholic University; KCB 29 Impala 5, Mwamba 42 Catholic University 7, KCB 33 Catholic University 5, Mwamba 10 Impala 15, Impala 29 Catholic University 5, KCB 20 Mwamba 15; Pool B: Nakuru RFC, Blak Blad, Menengai Oilers, Nondescirpts RUFC; Nakuru 17 Menengai Oilers 12, Blak Blad 31 Nondies 12, Nakuru 29 Nondies 0, Blak Blad 24 Menengai Oilers 26,  Menengai Oilers 37 Nondies 7, Nakuru 22 Blak Blad 7; Pool C: Homeboyz, Kenya Harlequin FC, Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika, Mean Machine; Homeboyz 29 Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 10, Quins 26 Mean Machine 0, Homeboyz 26 Mean Machine 12, Quins 33 Mt. Kenya Univ, Thika 7,  Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 7 Mean Machin24, Homeboyz 35 Quins 7; Pool D: Strathmore University, Kabras Sugar, Western Bulls, Makueni; Strathmore University 7 Western Bulls 14, Kabras 41 Makueni 0, Strathmore University 26 Makueni 14, Kabras 45 Western Bulls 5, Western Bulls 22 Makueni 7, Strathmore University 0 Kabras 17.

Overall Standing: Homeboyz 51, Nakuru 46, Menengai Oilers 43, KCB 42, Impala 42, Kabras 41, Strathmore 37, Quins 32, Mwamba 25, Mean Machine 23, Nondies 22, Blak Blad 16, Catholic University 6, Kisii 3, Daystar University 3, Makueni 2, Mombasa 2, KCA 1. 

Next fixtures

Christie Sevens, October 14-15 at RFUEA ground.

Dala Sevens, October 21-22 at Mamboleo Showground, Kisumu.  

Compiled from KRU