Repeat of Kabeberi final as KCB face Quins at Dala Sevens cup quarters

By the punter
Aug 09, 2014
  • Darwin Mukida, the KCB captain passes the ball under pressure from Strathmore University. The bankers face Kenya Harlequin FC in the Dala Sevens quarters.

Kenya Commercial Bank and Kenya Harlequin FC face off in one of the Dala Sevens main cup quarter final on Sunday.

The match is a repeat of last weekend’s final of the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens at the Nairobi Railway Club which KCB won 24-0.

Darwin Mukidza, the KCB captain said they will use the same strategy against Quins which has always worked. “We want to win every match and get a better result than last year when we were knocked out of the semis. Against Quins, we shall use the same strategy we have been using against them. It has worked all along,” he confided without giving away much.

But, Mukiza admitted the matches on the opening day were quite tough “but we stepped up the task and came out of our pool. The good results were a result of good preparation and quick adaptability to different game situations from our opponents.”

On their way to the final, KCB beat Nondescripts RUFC 31-0, Technical University of Kenya 51-0 and Mwamba RFC 12-5.

Nondescripts RUFC breezed past an understrength Mwamba RFC 10-7 in Pool A and marched to the Cup quarter final of Dala Sevens, the second tournament of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit staged at Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu on Saturday.

In this match, the White Shirts were quick off the starting blocks with Teddy Salano crossing the chalk line. The lead was however cancelled by the on form Horace Otieno. Kevin Atandi converted for the lead to change hands 7-5 in Nondies’ favor at the end of the first half.

On resumption, Joel Maingi scored an unconverted try. Mwamba who had beaten TUK 26-0 in their opening match did not recover from the loss to Nondies and were beaten 15-5 by Kenya Commercial Bank in the last Pool A match.

They dropped to the Bowl which is a third-tier competition and will play against Daystar University.

The lineup for the main cup quarter finals of Dala Sevens looks familiar with Western Bulls gate crashing the party like Catholic University did at Kabeberi Sevens. Quins, Impala Saracens, Nakuru RFC, Nondies, Strathmore University and Homeboyz are the other teams which progressed to the quarters.

Scored twice

In the last match of the day, Richard Sidindi scored twice and Nato Simiyu converted to steer Impala Saracens to a narrow 14-12 win over Strathmore University in Pool D. The Red Shirts topped this pool and face Western Bulls in the quarters.

Nick Abok, a coach at Impala Saracens is not underrating Western Bulls. “It’s a good team. They are in the quarter finals. They have earned it and we will respect that. We just have to raise our game to come out on top,” he said.

Abok was satisfied with winning all the matches on the opening day. “We won three out of three which is a positive for the team,” he admitted. Nakuru’s 28-5 win over Quins saw them top Pool B, earning them a quarter final clash against Pool A runners up Nondies.

Homeboyz RFC finished top of Pool C and will meet Strathmore University in the cup quarters. In the meantime, various clubs will have to wait for at least one tournament before they have their national team seven-a-side players back on their ranks.

The players who completed their season by playing at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games are only available to play at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on August 23-24.

This means Strathmore University, the defending Dala Sevens champions are without Billy Odhiambo, Tony Owuor and Michael Wanjala. Mwamba’s Collins Injera, Dennis Ombachi and Michael Agevi are not available which already saw Mwamba from to the Bowl after being beaten by Nondies. Biko Adema can only play for Nondies at Driftwood Sevens.

Although the focus at Dala Sevens has been on the top teams, competition in Division II has been lively despite about five walkovers on day one. Kabras Sugar RFC were relegated and promoted to the top tier after Mean Machine failed to travel to Kisumu.

The two top sides at the completion of Dala Sevens will be promoted to Division One of the next competition, Driftwood Sevens to be hosted by Mombasa Sports Club on August 23-24.

Division one results

Pool A: KCB, Mwamba RFC, Nondescripts RUFC, TUK. KCB 31 Nondies 0, Mwamba 26 TUK 0, KCB 51 TUK 0, Mwamba 7 Nondies 10, Nondies 17 TUK 7, KCB 12 Mwamba 5; Pool B: Kenya Harlequin FC, Nakuru RFC, Daystar University, Egerton University. Quins 36 Daystar 5, Nakuru 19 Egerton 0, Quins 36 Egerton University 0, Nakuru RFC 32 Daystar University 7, Daystar University 19 Egerton University 19, Quins 5 Nakuru RFC 28; Pool C: Homeboyz, Catholic University, Western Bulls, Kisumu RFC. Homeboyz 22 Western Bulls 15, Catholic University 12 Kisumu RFC 19, Homeboyz 47 Kisumu RFC 0, Catholic University 5 Western Bulls 12, Western Bulls 15 Kisumu RFC 5, Homeboyz 35 Catholic University 5; Pool D: Strathmore University, Impala Saracens, Blak Blad, Kabras Sugar. Strathmore University 15 Blak Blad 12, Impala Saracens 19 Kabras Sugar 12, Strathmore University 33 Kabras Sugar 12, Impala Saracens 24 Blak Blad 0, Blak Blad 7 Kabras Sugar 26, Strathmore University 12 Impala Saracens 14.

Order of play, Sunday

Bowl quarter finals: Mwamba v Daystar University (9 am), Kabras Sugar v Kisumu RFC (9.20), Catholic University v Blak Blad (9.40), Egerton University v TUK (10.00); Cup quarter finals: KCB v Quins (10.20), Impala Saracens v Western Bulls (10.40), Homeboyz v Strathmore University (11.00), Nakuru v Nondies (11.20).

Past winners: Ulinzi (2003), Impala (2004), Quins (2005), KCB (2006), 2007-2008 (not played), Nakuru (2009), Mwamba (2010 and 2011), Quins (2012), Strathmore University (2013). Pool E: U0E, Bungoma Sharks, Stormers, MKU Titans.

Division II

Pool F: Eldoret RFC, Oyugis RFC, KCA University, Kericho; Pool G: Thika RFC, Moi University, Shieywe RFC, Kisii RFC; Pool H: Comras, JKUAT, Kakamega RFC, Homa Bay RFC; Pool I: Bungoma, Masaku, Masinde Muliro University, Siaya MTC.

Results: UoE 0 Stormers 20, Bungoma Sharks 0 Mt. Kenya University (Thika) 20, Eldoret RFC 20 KCA 0, Ayugis 0 Kericho 20, Thika 20 Shieywe RFC 0, Moi University 0 Kisii RFC 20, Comras 20 Kakamega RFC 0, JKUAT 5 Homa Bay 14, Bungoma 5 Masinde Muliro 22, Masaku 29 Siaya 0, UoE 26 Mt. Kenya University (Thika) 5, Bungoma Sharks 22 Stormers 5, KCA 19 Kericho 14, Shieywe 35 Kisii 0, Kakamega 10 Homa Bay 12, UoE 21 Oyugis 7, Thika RFC 12 Moi University 12, Comras 21 JKUAT 5, Bungoma 0 Masaku 5, Day two Spear semi-finals: Kisii v Siaya (8 am), Kakamega v Oyugis (8.20).

Order of play, Sunday

Bowl quarter finals: Masinde Muliro v Eldoret (8.40), Bungoma v Mt. Kenya University (Thika) at 9 am, Shieywe v JKUAT (9.20), Moi University v UoE (9.40).

Main Cup quarter finals: Masaku v Bungoma Sharks (10 am), Thika RFC v Kericho (10.20), Comras v Homa Bay (10.40), KCA University v Stormers (11 am).