Favourites stroll into CAR Universities Quarters

By francis marangu
Apr 26, 2013

Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad and Daystar University topped their respective pools to book a quarterfinal slot in the universities competition of the CAR 7s tournament that kicked off Friday at the Mombasa Sports Club.

Both sides won all their group matches for nine points each and will enjoy the advantage of playing a weak side going to the quarters.

In pool A, Mean Machine and Technical University of Kenya, TUK, topped with sevens points each while Mount Kenya University, MKU, came third with five and Mombasa II lagged behind having gained a paltry 3 points.

KCA-U trailed Blad in pool B with seven points whereas Mombasa Polytechnic had five and Shepherds three. Pool C saw Catholic University come second to Daystar with seven points while Spartan had four and PCEA University zero.

Wambua features for Daystar

Blad won their first match with a comfortable 45-0 scoreline against Shepherds before beating Mombasa Polytechnic by a similar margin.

Their third match was a tough one against Kenya College of Accountancy, KCA, which they won 5-0 courtesy of a first half try by Moegi Reuben.

Daystar, which fielded Kenya sevens women team coach Kevin Wambua, had an equally easy task getting past their opponents.

They won two matches and benefited from a walkover against PCEA University which failed to turn up. They walloped Spartan 54-0 and Catholic University of Eastern Africa, CUEA, 12-0.

Mean Machine was the first team on the pitch and set the mood right for the day with a 29-0 demolition of Mombasa II.

They won their second match 24-0 against Mt. Kenya University but fell 12-13 to TUK in their final match of the group.

Machine’s match against TUK was a tough one as a win would have seen them end the day’s action on a clean sheet.

They went ahead through a Robert Tabu try that was converted by Mitch Ayietsa but that lead could not last long as TUK fought hard to cut down the deficit.

They scored two quick tries through Brian Okuomi and Favour Alube to take a 10-7 lead to the breather. Upon return, they extended the lead through a Friday Alube drop goal and not even a late try by Kelvin Gacheru could salvage the situation for Machine.

Quarterfinals set for Saturday

Overall, Blad had the best attack line after scoring 19 tries and conceded none while KCA scored 16 tries and four conversions.

Daystar had 14 tries, five conversions and did not concede while Machine and TUK had 11 tries each as well as five conversions and one drop goal respectively. PCEA University walked home with zero points for not showing up while Shepherds did not score a try after playing three matches.

Action in the universities category will continue on Saturday morning with the quarterfinals taking centre stage.

Blad will meet Mombasa Polytechnic while KCA and Mean Machine will clash in the second quarterfinal match.

The remaining pairing will see TUK take on Catholic University and Daystar University facing off with Mt. Kenya University.

Collated Results: Mean Machine 29 Mombasa II 0, TUK 15 Mt. Kenya University 0, Blak Blad 45 Shepherds 0, KCA-U 50 Mombasa Polytechnic 0, Catholic University 36 Spartan 0, Daystar University 14 PCEA University 0, Mt. Kenya University 0 Mean Machine 24, Mombasa II 0 Technical University 42, Mombasa Polytechnic 0 Blak Blad 45, Shepherds 0 KCA-U 38, PCEA University 0 Catholic University 14, Spartan 0 Daystar University 54, Mt. Kenya University 17 Mombasa II 5, Mombasa Poly 31 Shepherds 0, PCEA University 0 Spartan 14, Mean Machine 12 Technical University 13, Blak Blad 5 KCA-U 0, Catholic University 0 Daystar University 12; Mtaa Rugby- Tudor 0 Nyali 26, Buxton 7 Makande 5; Saturday Quarterfinals- Blak Blad v Mombasa Polytechnic (9:26am), KCA vs Mean Machine (9:54am), TUK vs Catholic University (10:12am), Daystar University vs Mt. Kenya University (10:30am).