Driftwood Sevens Day 2: As it Happened

WOKORACH WINS IT AT THE DEATH FOR KABRAS

Philip Wokorach’s try at the death guided Kabras to a 12-5 win over Resolution Impala Saracens and with it, fifth place. Aluda Beda put Kabras Sugar 5-0 up with a well worked try but Impala, after settling into the match, and finding themselves in possession, restored parity through Mark Kwemoi’s unconverted effort.  It would remain this way heading into the interval.

The arm wrestle continued into the second half, furious attacks, desperate defense the order of the day from both sides but points still hard to come by.

Beda should have done better with his decision making, his choice of taking the ball into contact vis-à-vis offloading to his support proving costly as the sugarmen fluffed a try scoring opportunity. They maintained the attacking impetus, Phil Wokorach scoring at the death to seal the result.

Aluda Beda put Kabras Sugar 5-0 up with a well worked try but Impala, after settling into the match, and finding themselves in possession, restored parity through Mark Kwemoi’s unconverted effort.  It would remain this way heading into the interval.

The arm wrestle continued into the second half, furious attacks, desperate defense the order of the day from both sides but points still hard to come by.

Beda should have done better with his decision making, his choice of taking the ball into contact vis-à-vis offloading to his support proving costly as the sugarmen fluffed a try scoring opportunity. They maintained the attacking impetus, Phil Wokorach scoring at the death to seal the result.

MWAMBA RALLY TO LIFT THE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Trailing 0-5 at the break, Mwamba beat KCB 12-10 in the Challenge Trophy final. Shaban Ahmed raced clear to score the game’s opening try. Mwamba, despite seeing plenty of possession, were unable to prize open KCB, the bankers taking the slender 5-0 lead into the interval.

Martin Wanjia left Ken Moseti for dead to draw Mwamba even after the restart.  Darwin Mukidza combined well with Jacob Ojee who, after bursting through the gap, offloaded to Ahmed who seemed not to anticipate the pass, the knock on seeing KCB cede possession. This was to be an expensive error as Mwamba scored under the posts to lead for the first time in this match.

Mukidza and Ojee would combine once more, Ojee racing clear to score under the posts, bringing KCB to within two points of Mwamba, an effort too short as Mwamba clinched the win…and the silverware too.

NAKURU, HOMEBOYZ TO MEET IN DRIFTWOOD CUP FINAL

Nakuru 5 Machine 0

A finely poised match this one, Nakuru’s finesse eventually too good for hard working Machine, nippy Crispin Onyango’s converted try putting the Wanyore ahead.  Machine would desperately chase after the game but were let down by poor decision making in the strike zone.

Homeboyz 10 Oilers 5

The Oilers took the lead through Sammy Murage but Homeboyz responded with structured phase play and a resultant try from Cyprian Kuto.

Leonard Mugaisi doubled the deejays lead after the interval as they began to assert themselves against the plucky Oilers, eventually claiming the result.

Kabras and Impala ensured a meeting in the fifth place playoff final, Kabras dimming Quins 14-0 as Impala registered a 20-0 win over Nondies.

KCB registered a 12-7 win over Blak Blad to contest for the Challenge Trophy final against Mwamba who were 24-0 winners over Strathmore.

BULLS, KISII TO DUEL FOR 13th PLACE

Western Bulls and Resolution Kisii set up a date in the 13th place playoff final after stopping their opponents in semifinal action.  Bulls were 22- 7 winners over Mombasa while Kisii posted a 33-14 result over KCA.

OILERS, MACHINE CRASH DRIFTWOOD CUP SEMIS PARTY

Quins 0 Machine 7

Machine took the lead with a converted try at the corner but were soon defending this score with their lives after losing a player to a yellow card, and when they were beaten, Quins fumbled in the try box, what a way to close the first half.

Machine, gritty all tournament, would continue to frustrate Quins, defending doggedly when not in possession and always potent with ball in hand.

They would hang on for the famous result and a semifinal date against Nakuru.

Kabras 5 Nakuru 12

Geoff Ominde put Nakuru ahead, stealing in from the blind to ground the ball. Kabras would attempt to ask questions of Nakuru but to no avail, Wanyore taking the 5-0 lead into the interval.

Kabras would regroup after the break, Felix Ayange levelling matters in this finely poised encounter. They continued to press Nakuru but were punished for losing the ball, Monate Akuei racing clear to score under the posts, Ominde with the extras to seal the result.

Impala 0 Oilers 10

Oilers took the game to Impala early on but were unable to breach the Sarries whitewash in what was an error strewn, scoreless first half.

The Nakuru lads would open their account after the restart, Javan Odhiambo’s opportunistic line break leading to his unconverted try.


They would continue to dominate possession and territory, Sammy Murage landing a second try to double their lead, a lead that they held to the end.

Homeboyz 19 Nondies 7
Jeff Oluoch raced clear to score the opening try for the deejays, the only score of what was a finely poised first half.


Retaining possession and building a momentum, the deejays surged,  Oluoch landing his brace with Mike Wanjala converting to extend the scores to 12-0. Nondies capitulated, conceding a third try, Wanjala sure with the extras.

James Odong’ scored and converted at the death, too little too late for Nondies

CHALLENGE TROPHY QUARTERFINAL ROUND UP
Leading 19-0 at the break, Blak Blad reached the Challenge Trophy semifinals with a 26-7 win over KCA. They set up a date with KCB who defeated Resolution Kisii in the second quarterfinal.  Strathmore and Mwamba completed the final four pairing with wins over Western Bulls and Mombasa respectively.

 Results
Blak Blad 26 KCA 7
KCB 22 Resolution Kisii 5
Strathmore 24 Western Bulls 12
Mwamba 36 Mombasa 5

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