Familiar theme after four tournaments

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 02, 2017
  • Kabras Sugar are now second in the overall table after winning the Sepetuka Sevens in Eldoret on Sunday. (Photo Courtesy KRU)

  • Brian Tanga on the prowl against Impala RFC in the cup final. (Photo Courtesy KRU)

There is a familiar theme in this year's Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit which repeated itself at the last whistle of the fourth tournament, Sepetuka Sevens at Eldoret Sports Club.

Your guess is as good as mine; A different winner for each tournament which makes the next round even puzzling.

In Eldoret, It was Kabras Sugar who climbed the podium after two days of action. Hosts Homeboyz, Impala RFC and Kenya Commercial Bank had preceded them in the opening three.

Charles Cardovillis predicted the win when interviewed by SNA before the event kicked off on Saturday. "The Circuit has been good. We are aiming for the overall title. It's tight at the top but we are taking baby steps. The trophies will come," he predicted.

With the win, Kabras who will be top seeds at Christie Sevens after a one-week break continue the chase after climbing second overall behind Homeboyz.

Final

Kabras 26 Impala RFC 7

Johnston Mung'au scored a converted try as Kabras set the pace in the final. Mark Kwemoi replied by scoring and converting his own try to tie the scores 7-7. Duncan Osino broke the deadlock with a converted try. He converted Fidel Oloo to stretch the lead 21-7. Felix Ayange scored the fourth try for Kabras to win.

Cup semifinals

Kabras 38 Menengai Oilers 0

After a sudden-death win over Quins in the cup quarter finals, Menengai Oilers barely had any oil left in their tank when they faced Kabras Sugar in the semi-final.

Two tries by Jacob Okumba and Fidel Castro one of which was converted saw the millers lead 12-0. Okumba landed his brace for a 17-0 lead at halftime.

The second half followed the same script with Okumba adding two tries and Andrew Gathua one for the final scores.

Impala 26 Homeboyz 19

Impala reached their second final since the start of the Circuit by narrowly beating  hosts Homeboyz to reach the final.

Mark Kwemoi and Samson Onsomu scored a try each one of which was converted with Bush Mwale replying for Homeboyz who trailed 7-12 at halftime.

Humphrey Mulama then leveled the scores 12-12 before Richard Sidindi broke the deadlock and Kwemoi converted for a 19-12 lead.

He scored and converted his try before Homeboyz pulled one back. 

Playoff

Homeboyz narrowly beat Menengai Oilers 17-12 to finish third. Leonard Mugaisi opened the scores for KCB but Menengai Oilers responded with a converted try.

Mugaisi scored his second but Menengai Oilers replied through Harold Anduvate. They led 12-10 at halftime. Oscar Okaron scored and converted his try for the KCB win. 

Fifth place semis

Western Bulls and KCB set up a final date after winning their semifinal matches in contrasting styles. Davis Chenge opened the scores for KCB and Ahmed Shaban missed the conversion for a 5-0 lead.

Stafford Abeka was next over and Shaban converted to stretch the lead 12-0.

When Chenge was sent to the sin bin, Western Bulls used the numerical advantage to pull one back through Edwin Okemwa. Vincent Onyala replied for KCB and Chenge returned from the naughty chair to complete his brace for a 22-5 win.

In the other semifinal, Western Bulls led 12-0 from a two tries by Chrispinus Shitundu one of which was converted.

Gramwell Bunyasi replied for Nakuru RFC who trailed 5-12 at half time. Monate Akwei brought the match to Nakuru RFC's  reach by scoring an unconverted try. It ended 1210 for Western Bulls. 

Final

KCB finished fifth after beating Western Bulls 25-10. An early Western Bulls try was cancelled by Victor Onyala as the teams tied 5-5 at half time.

On resumption, Isaac Njoroge, Davis Chenge and Essau Otieno landed a try each for KCB while Western Bulls scored an unconverted try.

Challenge Trophy 

In the Challenge Trophy semis, Mean Machine edged out Mwamba 19-14 while Strathmore University knocked out Blak Blad 19-12.

Strathmore University won the Challenge Trophy by edging out Mean Machine 24-17. 

Nondies and Catholic University set up a date in the 13th place playoff final. Nondies beat Makueni 10-5 while Catholic University defeated Thika 24-5. 

In the final, Catholic University won 15-0. The try scorers were John Isalambo, Ronnie Okello and Caleb Kiprotich. 

Cup quarter finals 

Three main cup quarter final matches of Sepetuka Sevens were closely fought before the final four teams reached the semi-finals.

In the last quarter final Menengai Oilers and Kenya Harlequin FC tied 19-19 at regulation timme before Sam Muregi scored a try in sudden-death for Menengai Oilers to qualify for the main cup quarter final.

Kabras edged out KCB 15-12 to book a date with Menengai Oilers in the semis.. Johnstone Mung'au and Keith Wasike scored two unconverted tries and Ahmed Shaban replied with one for KCB who trailed 5-10 at halftime.

Dan Sikuta scored the third try for Kabras before Andrew Amonde replied with for KCB.

The match between Homeboyz and Nakuru RFC was also close. Zeden Marrow scored the winning try for Homeboyz. The teams tied 7-7 at half time.

Impala seemingly had an easy task of reaching the semis by scoring two unanswered tries against Western Bulls in the first quarter final.

Try scorers for Impala were Derrick Mayar, Sam Onsomu and Sam Oliech. 

Sepetuka Sevens 

Main cup quarter finals: Impala 15 Western Bulls 0, Homeboyz 17 Nakuru 14, Kabras 15 KCB 12, Menengai Oilers 24 Quins 19; Semi-finals: Impala 26 Homeboyz 19, Kabras 36 Menengai Oilers 0; Final: Impala v Kabras

Playoff: .

5/6 semi-finals: Western Bulls 12 Nakuru 10, KCB 22 Quins 5; Final:  Western Bulls v KCB.

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Mwamba 26 Makueni 5, Mean Machine 35 Nondies 14, Strathmore University 19 Catholic University 17, Blak Blad 26 Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 10; Semi-finals: Mwamba 14 Mean Machine 19; Strathmore University 19 Blak Blad 12; Final: Mean Machine v Strathmore University. 

13th place semi-finals: Makueni 5 Nondies 10, Catholic University 24 Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika 5; Final: Nondies 0 Catholic University 15. 

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 68, Kabras 63, Impala 61, Menengai Oilers 58, Nakuru RFC 56, KCB 55, Strathmore University 45, Quins 42, Mwamba 30, Mean Machine 30, Nondies 24, Blak Blad 21, Western Bulls 20, Catholic University 9, Mt. Kenya University, Thika 6, Kisii RFC 3, Daystar University 3, Makueni 3, Mombasa 2, KCA University 1.

Next fixtures

Christie Sevens, October 14-15 at RFUEA ground.

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

Compiled from KRU