Homeboyz, top seeds for Kabeberi Sevens, Nakuru second

By alex wafula
Sep 04, 2017
  • Homeboyz RFC bagged the opening tournament in Mombasa and are seeded top for the Kabeberi Sevens. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Cyprian Kuto and Jeff Oluoch of Homeboyz close in on a Nakuru RFC player during the Driftwood Sevens final at Mombasa Sports Club. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Mwamba won the Challemnge Trophy ahead of hosting the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Having won the season opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa, Kenya Rugby Union National Circuit defending champions Homeboyz RFC will be the top seeds for next weekend’s Kabeberi Sevens in Nairobi.

Homeboyz who lost last season’s final in Mombasa to Kenya Harlequins FC overcame stiff competition from Nakuru RFCin the final before winning 17-7.

Paul Murunga, the Homeboyz coach was delighted with his side’s performance, attributing it to experience.

“Nakuru was a very tough team but at the end of the day what ensured we won was the experience. I am happy with our performance throughout the tournament and though we still need to work on few things especially our attack, it is an impressive start to the season,” Murunga said.

He believes winning the season opener sets them up perfectly for the next five stops of the circuit.

Last season, they reached all the Main Cup finals winning three and losing a similar number, but this time, Murunga wants his charges to maintain the same form of reaching the final but win more.

Leonard Mugaisi, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player said they will head into the next leg in Nairobi with caution.

“Most teams will now look at us. They know how we play so it is not going to be easy. This tournament was a tough one especially getting the game to flow with the new rules especially at the breakdown, but we managed to hold our own and win,” he stated.

Few changes

Heading into the next leg, Murunga has admitted he will need to make a few changes to the squad to keep his players fresh and give others a chance.

It was a tough final for Homeboyz having come from 7-0 down to drive in three tries, one which was converted. Momaye Akweyi opened the account for Nakuru, pulling his way across the try line in the process having his jersey torn to pieces by Cyprian Kuto.

Captain Geoffrey Ominde booted home the conversion to give Wanyore a 7-0 lead.

But Homeboyz raced back with Mugaisi drawing them to within two points, touching down after an offload from Michael Wanjala.

At the start of the second half, Mugaisi completed his brace with a superb burst of pace, kicking the ball upfront and chasing before dotting down after zooming past two Nakuru players.

His attempt at the conversion was wide but Homeboyz went10-7 up.

Keith Wasike ensured Homeboyz strode further away, touching down under the posts after noticing space in the Nakuru defense Humphrey Owuor added the extras for a 17-7 win.

Mitch Ochollah, the Nakuru RFC head coach was not disappointed with the loss in the final, saying his boys had surpassed expectation.

“We didn’t have any heavy pre-season build up match and coming here, we had targeted to get to the semi-finals. Reaching the final is a plus and seeing how the almost six new boys played, I am impressed. We can only get better from here,” Ochollah noted.

Nakuru had lost 14-12 to Homeboyz in their final group match on Saturday evening.

Nervous final minutes

In the semi-finals, both sides had to endure nervous final minutes with Homeboyz winning 10-5 against Menengai Oilers courtesy of a Leonard Mugaisi brace while Nakuru were 7-0 winners over Mean Machine.

Oilers almost caused an upset against Homeboyz and it only took a much concerted turnover for Jeff Oluoch to win the ball and kick out after the buzzer for the champions to survive.

Oilers had gone into a 5-0 lead after Erick Ombassa had touched down on the right after some patient build up.

Homeboyz were aided by a numerical advantage to draw level with Mugaisi converting his first of two after Sammy Muregi was sent to the sinbin.

In the second half Homeboyz looked to seal the deal early enough and Mugaisi once again found some space on the right before dotting down and his attempt at the extras going short.

They however had to deal with some nerves up until they had possession and kicked out.

Elsewhere, Menengai Oilers were in a class of their own in the play-off, ensuring they are seeded third for Kabeberi Sevens after beating another surprise package Mean Machine 21-0.

Meanwhile, ahead of their home tournament, Mwamba RFC put off their opening day performance to win the Champions Trophy with a 12-10 win over an under performing KCB.

Tournament top try and points scorer Ahmed Shabaan gave the bankers a 5-0 lead, but Matt Wanjia ensured the spoils were shared by halftime with a well taken try on the left after speeding away from a turnover.

Daniel Taabu’s try under the posts and Wanjia’s conversion gave Mwamba a 12-5 lead in the second half. KCB reduced the deficit late on with Jacob Ojee touching down from a Darwin Mukidza offload.

Day two results 

Main Cup Quarters results: Homeboyz 19 Nondies 7, Nakuru 12 Kabras 7, Kenya Harlequins 0 Mean Machine 7, Menengai Oilers 10 Impala 0; Semifinals: Homeboyz 10 Menengai Oilers 5, Nakuru RFC 7 Mean Machine 0; Final: Homeboyz 17 Nakuru RFC 7. 

Playoff: Menengai Oilers 21 Mean Machine 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.