Expect a different set of teams in the Prinsloo 7's final

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 24, 2017
  • Mwamba RFC reached their first cup quarter final after two tournaments. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kabras Sugar will be up against hosts Nakuru RFC in the cup quarter final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

"Never underestimate any team on day two." This was the clarion call by one of the coaches whose team reached the main cup quarters of Prinsloo Sevens, the third tournament of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit.

The call could have been amplified after an eventful opening day where finalists in the previous tournament - Kabeberi Sevens -, Impala and Menengai Oliers dropped to the second tier Challenge Trophy. '

To have two finalists from the previous tournament dropping to the Challenge Trophy just goes to show how competitive and unforgiving the circuit has become." John Onyango-Mbai, the Strathmore University head coach stated.

He said the opening day was very competitive and teams were punished for laxity and complacency. which shows how much the pecking order can change after only one week.

As expected, the national 7's players made their first appearance in the circuit but another coach observed: "The Kenya sevens players were a bit off and need more management. Their match fitness and sharpness is slower than expected but they count for experience and leadership for clubs," the coach said.

It was a tough day in the office. Every team had its own battles. Homeboyz played well. "Sunday is a knock out day and all teams will be operating on top gear," predicted Mitch Ocholla, the Nakuru RFC coach.

He cautioned: "Expect a different set in the Prinsloo finals."

Quins will not be easy

Onyango-Mbai predicted the match against Quins will not be easy. "They are a good side with a good boost from their national team players. We need to make the right decision at every stage of the game and keep our concentration, then we will be fine."

He added: "The competition is still tight even with the arrival of some of the national team players. The matches are very tight. Against Homeboyz we had too many lapses in the first half and they scored three tries. From then we were playing catch up but never got in the game." 

Hosts Nakuru kicked off the day by narrowly beating top seeds Impala 14-10 in the first match. Kelvin Kioko scored a try and Geoff Ominde converted for a 7-0 lead.

Davis Makori responded with an unconverted try for Impala who trailed 5-7 at half time.

In the second half, Gramwell Bunyasi added the second try for a 14-5 lead. Impala responded with an unconverted try.

Nakuru, Quins and Strathmore University reached the cup quarter finals after winning their second matches.

Nakuru edged out Nondescripts RUFC 14-10 while Impala bounced back with a 12-7 win over Blak Blad to keep their hopes alive.

High scoring match

Menengai Oilers were held to a 15-15 draw by Western Bulls paving way for Quins who beat Mwamba 33-22 in a high-scoring match to qualify.

Strathmore University qualified after convincingly beating Mombasa RFC 33-10 while Nondies reached the main cup quarters at the expense of Impala after winning 17-10.

Two-time finalists Menengai Oilers dropped to the Challenge trophy but not before holding their own against a star-studded Quins 12-5. This result confirmed Mwamba's place in the cup quarterfs for the first time in two tournaments.

Homeboyz finished unbeaten in Pool C by beating Strathmore University 33-7. The defending Prnsloo Sevens champions beat Mean Machine 27-10 to reach the quarters.

KCB also finished top of Pool D by beating Kabras Sugar 29-7 while Nakuru RFC completed a perfect day by beating Blak Blad 17-7 to top Pool A. 

Day two order of play 

Challenge trophy quarters 

Impala v Catholic University (9.30 a.m.), Mean Machine v Western Bulls (9.50), Mt. Kenya Univ, Thika v Nondies (10.10), Menengai Oilers v Mombasa (10.30).

Cup quarters

Nakuru RFC v Kabras (10.50), Homeboyz v Mwamba (11.10), KCB v Blak Blad (11.30), Kenya Harlequin FC v Strathmore University (11.50).

Prinsloo Sevens day one results

Pool A: Impala, Nondies, Nakuru RFC, Blak Blad; Impala 10 Nakuru 14, Nondies 5 Blak Blad 22, Impala 12 Blak Blad 7, Nondies 10 Nakuru 14, Nakuru 17 Blak Blad 7, Impala 10 Nondies 17.

Pool B: Menengai Oilers, Kenya Harlequin FC, Mwamba, Western Bulls; Menengai Oilers 7 Mwamba 12, Quins 17 Western Bulls 5, Menengai Oilers 15 Western Bulls 15, Quins 33 Mwamba 22, Mwamba 19 Western Bulls 0, Menengai Oilers 12 Quins 5.

Pool C: Strathmore University, Homeboyz, Mean Machine, Mombasa RFC; Strathmore University 22 Mean Machine 17, Strathmore University 33 Mombasa 10, Homeboyz 27 Mean Machine 10, Mean Machine 12 Mombasa 27, Strathmore University 7 Homeboyz 33.

Pool D: Kabras Sugar, KCB, Catholic University, Mt. Kenya University (Thika). Homeboyz 38 Mombasa 0, Kabras 34 Catholic University 0, KCB 27 Mt. Kenya Univ, Thika 5,  Kabras 29 Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 12, KCB 31 Catholic University 0, Catholic University 17 Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 21, Kabras 12 KCB 27.

Compiled from KRU Website