Impala Retain Kabeberi Crown

Resolution Impala Saracens successfully retained the Kabeberi Sevens with a 22-5 win over plucky Menengai Oilers in the cup final at the RFUEA on Sunday 10 September 2017. Impala got off to a flying start, Mark Kwemoi’s initial break allowing Sammy Motari to receive the ball on the offload from Paul Mutsami to score at the corner.

Kwemoi landed Impala’s second, this try the result of a flowing counter attack after the Oilers lost possession deep in their opponent’s territory. The ensuing conversion seeing Oscar Osir’s charges up 12- 0. Mutsami, a handful all afternoon got his five pointer on the stroke of half time, Impala taking a 17-0 lead into the breather.

With the Sarries on the ropes, Ian Minjire intercepted and raced all of 75 meters to add Impala’s fourth try of the match, the Sarries with a commanding 22-0 lead over the Oilers.

Gibson Weru’s Oilers finally made possession count, slicing through the Impala defense to score at the death, a score that wasn’t enough as Impala mounted a successful title defense.

RESURGENT LEOS FINISH THIRD

Lucas Opal’s converted try put Strathmore 7-0 up but Brian Tanga exploited space, turning on the afterburners to score and convert.

Strathmore’s response was immediate, John Oduk with the converted try under the sticks, the Leos taking a 14-7 lead into the break.

Philip Wokorach, with his characteristic kick and chase, scored to cut the deficit for Kabras but a well worked try saw the Leos claim this one, 21-12 at the final whistle.

FIFTH PLACE FINISH FOR KCB

Leading 12-5 at the interval, KCB signed off the Kabeberi Sevens in style, posting a 24-12 win over Homeboyz.

NAKURU WIN CHALLENGE TROPHY

Top Fry Nakuru scored twice in the first half, Gramwell Bunyasi landing his brace after the restart for a 17-0 lead before Daniel Taabu responded for Mwamba. A converted try brought Mwamba to within five of Nakuru, too little too late as Nakuru held on for the win.

ORONJE STEERS DAYSTAR TO THIRTEENTH PLACE

Daystar beat Makueni 24-19 to finish thirteenth overall.It was deadlocked 19-19 between Daystar and Makueni at full time, Cedric Oronje landing in sudden death to claim the result for Daystar.

SARRIES BEAT KABRAS TO SET UP TITLE DEFENSE

Impala Saracens will defend their title at the Kabeberi Sevens after beating Kabras Sugar 24-17 in the semifinal. Mark Kwemoi’s converted try put Impala 7-0 up.Richard Sidindi soon made it 12-0 as the defending champions signaled their intent to keep a hold of the trophy.

Kabras hit back, Brian Tanga converting Phil Wokorach’s try as the sugarmen began to see more of the ball. They were unable to get more points on the board, the half time score 12-7.

Paul Mutsami’s converted try under the posts gave the Sarries a 19-7 lead. Fabian Olando barged over as Kabras chased the game, a cause not helped by Dan Sikuta’s dispatch to the sin bin.

Mutsami’s brace put reasonable distance between the Sarries and Kabras, Wokorach’s try and conversion at the death scant consolation for Kabras, Impala only too happy for the chance to defend their title at the Kabeberi Sevens.

OILERS REACH FIRST EVER CUP FINAL

Menengai Oilers edged Strathmore Leos 22-17 to reach their first ever cup final.Strathmore went ahead, Dennis Juma going over the chalk for a 5-0 lead but the Oilers, ever spritely with ball in hand, equalized moments later through Harold Anduvate. The Leos would score and convert but an unconverted Anduvate try at the stroke of half time saw them make it a two pointer, 12-10 to Strathmore at half time.

The lead would change hands in the second half, Oilers Sam Muregi with the unconverted try for a 15-12 score before Alex Olaba’s turn of speed set up Lucas Opal for the try that made it 17-15. Anduvate scored his hat trick at the death, the conversion good enough to see Oilers into their first ever cup final

Homeboyz and KCB set up a date in the fifth place final after winning their matches. Homeboyz were 10-0 winners over Quins while KCB overcame Nondies 26-12.

Homeboyz and KCB set up a date in the fifth place final after winning their matches. Homeboyz were 10-0 winners over Quins while KCB overcame Nondies 26-12.

CUP SEMIFINAL PAIRING COMPLETE

The cup semifinal pairing fell into place following completion of the cup quarters on Sunday morning. The Strathmore Leos set up a date with the Oilers as Impala paired Kabras.

IMPALA 17 KCB 0

Impala Saracens reached the cup semifinals with a 17-0 shut out of KCB.It was jittery between the two sides at the start, penalties and handling errors more frequent than actual play. Impala would open the score after a patient build up, Mark Kwemoi’s five pointer giving the Sarries the slender 5-0 lead at the break.

Attacking from deep, Richard Sidindi finished off a move he initiated, grounding at the corner to double Impala’s lead.

KCB’s composure was fast eroding, their error rate climbing exponentially, precious time ticking away. Their failure to deal with Robin Kiplang’at’s high ball gifted Anthony Nyandigisi Impala’s third try, Nyandigisi’s conversion more or less sealing the result.

Kabras Sugar overcame a shaky start to beat Nondies 29-10 in the third quarterfinal.

MENENGAI OILERS 31 QUINS 5

The Oilers raced into a 12-0 lead at the interval, and extended this after the restart with three tries for the 31-5 full time score. Gibson Weru’s side scored their tries through Dan Abuonji, Eric Ombasa, Amos Onyinkwa, Derrick Keyoga and Harold Onyinkwa, Abuonji adding four conversions. Aaron Oforywoth scored Quins’ consolation.

STRATHMORE 13 HOMEBOYZ 10

Lucas Opal’s sudden death penalty saw the Strathmore Leos reach the cup semifinals at the expense of favorites Menengai Cream Homeboyz in the first cup quarterfinal at the Kabeberi Sevens.
After a tentative start, it was the deejays who opened the scoring, Leonard Mugaisi touching down at the corner, his unconverted effort giving Homeboyz a 5-0 lead. The game ebbed and flowed, neither side creating anything further, the half time whistle soon sounding.
Alex Olaba restored parity after the restart, all square in early second half and was a constant thorn in Homeboyz flesh with his hard running. The Leos barging over for a second try, taking the lead for the first time in this game.
With the hooter sounding and Homeboyz cornered, Mugaisi, finding himself in possession, scored a coast to coast try to tie the game, Humphrey Owuor missing the conversion to take the game into sudden death.
It remained tense, the Leos attacking after the restart, but losing the momentum off a handling error deep in Homeboyz territory.
Opal kicked over a penalty to win the game for the Leos.

Challenge Trophy Quarter Final Results

Daystar 0 Machine 12
Blad 12 Nakuru 29
Mwamba 7 Makueni 0
Kisii 19 Catholic 24
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