Menengai Oilers under no pressure

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 23, 2017
  • Richard Sidindi will be one of the key players for Impala during the Prinsloo Sevens which kicks off on Saturday in Nakuru. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The availability of some national team players during the third leg of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit in Nakuru could change the dynamics.

Their entry is being viewed differently by the varios teams because they were absent from the opening rounds.

To some, it is a blessing while others are already looking at building solid sides because of the uncertainty of their presence.

"It depends on the different management set ups deals with players. The national players come with a wealth of experience and will definitely spice things up. How they are used at club level solely depends on the club needs," a coach of one of the top sides explained.

He added: "It will be interesting to see how they blend in the different squads. Stakes have certainly been raised."

The arrival has not caused much ripples atl Menengai Oilers, the Circuit leaders who are composed ahead of the kick off.

Gibson Weru, the Menengai Oilers head coach is under no illussion that the going will get easier. If anything, he maintains the Circuit is so competitive that it is almost impossible to predict the 'favorites' especially after the first two legs.

"The level of the competition is very high. You can tell by the score levels across the board. There are no big scores. Most of the top eight teams have been playing well. It will be a tight race at the end of the series," predicted Weru.

Tough pool

The former Kenya Sevens assistant captain asserted, "We are under no pressure whatsoever. We are in a very tough pool. We want to finish in the top half."

At Menengai Oil the secret to success has been hard work and a lot of planning. They have a talented bunch of guys who are willing to grow. "It's hard to pick any leaders. I have a good team that complements one another. But Harold Aduvate have been an inspirational captain leading from the front," the coach said.

Other key players are Erick Ombasa and Sam Muregi. "I am happy with my team's performance. Being first after two legs is a huge achievement considering that this is our second year since the club was established." 

What makes Prinsloo Sevens exciting besides the national team players is that teams are now match fit. At Kabeberi, Impala were rank outsiders and sneaked in.

"Menengai Oilers are a quality side that no one thought of but now they are holding their own. Strathmore punched above the weight. Kabras was at full strength. Expect different pairings in the finals at Prinsloo," another coach predicted.

This weekend, Kenya Harlequin FC will for the first time have their big guns. Patrice Agunda will play his first tournament. Frank 'Webuye Express' Wanyama, Eden Agero and Dennis Muhanji are also in Nakuru.

First appearance

Homeboyz also have Tony Onyango and Joshua Chisanga making their first appearance. They do not have Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo or Bush Mwale although coach Paul Murunga remain confident.

Brothers Geoffrey Ominde and Oscar Ouma will bulk up the hosts Nakuru who also have Nelson 'Wheels' Oyoo.

Impala, winners of the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens will be without Leon Adongo but Sammy Oliech and Sam Onsomu have been drafted in. Also making his first appearance is Derrick Mayar.

Brian Tanga, Dan Sikuta and Felix Ayange have been included in a solid Kabras Sugar side while KCB are happy to have Andrew Amonde, Jacob Ojee and Darwin Mukidza.

Fans will enjoy the remaining legs because teams have been watching one another so closely. This circuit is far from over. 

Prinsloo Sevens draw

Pool A: Impala, Nondies, Nakuru RFC, Blak Blad; Pool B: Menengai Oilers, Kenya Harlequin FC, Mwamba, Western Bulls; Pool C: Strathmore University, Homeboyz, Mean machine, Mombasa RFC; Pool D: Kabras Sugar, KCB, Catholic University, Mt. Kenya University (Thika).

Order of play, Day one

Impala v Nakuru (9.30), Nondies v Blak Blad (9.50), Menengai Oilers v Mwamba (10.10), Quins v Western Bulls (10.30), Strathmore University v Mean Machine (10.50), Homeboyz v Mombasa (11.10), Kabras v Catholic University (11.30), KCB v Mt. Kenya Univ, Thika (11.50), Impala v Blak Blad (12.10), Nondies v Nakuru (12.30), Menengai Oilers v Western Bulls (12.50), Quins v Mwamba (1.10), Strathmore University v Mombasa (1.30), Homeboyz v Mean Machine (1.50), Kabras v Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika (2.10), KCB v Catholic University (2.30), Nakuru v Blak Blad (2.50), Mwamba v Western Bulls (3.10), Mean Machine v Mombasa (3.30), Catholic University v Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika (3.50), Impala v Nondies (4.10), Menengai Oilers v Quins (4.30), Strathmore University v Homeboyz (4.50), Kabras v KCB (5.10).