Defending champions Impala Saracens needed a 15-12 win over the already qualified Menengai Oilers to reach the cup quarterfinals at the second round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Kabeberi Sevens at Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground.
The Sarries joined KCB, defending National Sevens Circuit champions Homeboyz, SportPesa Quins, Strathmore Leos, Kabras Sugar and Nondescripts in contention for the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens cup awarded to the overall winners.
Homeboyz will face Strathmore in the first cup quarterfinal, Oilers playing Quins, Kabras taking on Quins with KCB duelling Impala.
KCB TOP POOL B , KABRAS SECURE QUARTERFINAL SLOT
Ahmed Shaban scored and converted to give KCB a 7-0 lead but Kisii would respond with an opportunistic try, touching down off the kick and chase, the resultant conversion sailing wide, 7-5 the score.
Darwin Mukidza added a second for the bankers, Sahaban converting before Jacob Ojee, after doing all the hard work, offloaded to Shaban who knocked on on the tryline.
Shaban converted Stafford Abeka’s try after the interval, KCB going 21-5 up, Ojee continuing the try fest with his touch down, the result putting KCB top of the Pool. Kabras had earlier reached the cup quarterfinals with a 28-7 win over Strathmore Leos
BLAK BLAD, MAKUENI UPSET THE FORM BOOK
The upsets continued at the Kabeberi Sevens, Blak Blad registering a 21-7 win over Impala Saracens. It was the Sarries who opened the scoring through Ian Minjire’s converted try before Blak Blad drew level with a converted try before Franz Obudo and Steve Biko landed converted tries to seal the upset result. Impala must now win their final pool game against Oilers to book a cup quarterfinal berth.
KCB SHUT OUT QUINS TO REACH CUP QUARTERS
A 29 -0 win over SportPesa Quins saw KCB book a berth in the cup quarterfinals from a tricky Pool B, and with a game to spare. Stafford Abeka breached the Quins defense, setting up Ahmed Shaban for the try and conversion as KCB led 7-0. KCB went 14-0 up after being awarded a penalty try following a Quins infringement. Jacob Ojee skipped past his marker to put KCB 19-0 up at the break.
Martin Owilla barged over the chalk to go 24-0 before Arthur Owira piled on more misery, landing a fifth try, KCB 29-0 up, a lead they held to the end as they reached the cup quarters for the first time this season.
The bankers were joined in the cup quarters by Oilers who crushed Catholic Monks 47-7.
Kisii pulled off the day’s first upset, stunning Top Fry Nakuru 14-12. Nakuru took a 12-7 lead in what was a high octane first half before a lightning counter attack saw John Ochar score under the posts, the conversion seeing Kisii go 14-12 up after the interval.
Nakuru dominated the second half but were let down by poor finishing, the result seeing their cup quarterfinal hopes all but vanish.
NONDIES KEEP QUARTERFINAL HOPES ALIVE, MWAMBA DROP TO CHALLENGE TROPHY
Nondies edged out Mwamba 19-17 in an entertaining Pool A fixture that kept their cup quarter final hopes alive while consigning Mwamba to Challenge Trophy. Steve Sikuta opened the scoring after a patient build up split the Nondies defense, the successful conversion seeing the hosts got 7-0 up in mid first half.
What a game this has been!
Nondies beat Mwamba 19-17 with a last gasp James Odong’ try
With Horace Otieno’s dismissal to the sin bin, James Odong’ capitalized on the man advantage to score and convert for Nondies, leveling the scores, 7-7 at the break.
Ronnie Omondi’s touch down after the interval saw Mwamba retake the lead bur Nondies stayed in touch, Odong’s searching run creating an opportunity for Nondies to score under the sticks, the conversion seeing Nondies go 14-12 up.
This match continued to provide fireworks, Daniel Taabu touching down at the left hand corner, the conversion sailing wide with Mwamba 17-14 up, only just as Nondies, attacking from deep, built up, Odong scoring the match winning try.
A 22-0 win over Daystar saw Homeboyz become the first team to reach the cup quarterfinals.
WINS FOR OILERS, QUINS,IMPALA, STRATH & KABRAS
Menengai Oilers posted an emphatic 36-7 win over Blak Blad while SportPesa Quins overcame a spirited resistance from Resolution Kisii to register a 19-15 win. There were also wins for Impala, Strathmore and Kabras at the close of the opening round of pool matches.
KCB TOO STRONG FOR NAKURU
KCB started their campaign with a 29-5 win over last weekend’s losing finalists in Mombasa, Top Fry Nakuru.
Jacob Ojee put KCB ahead, played in by Ahmed Shaban who was sure with the conversion. Shaban would steal in from the break down, scoring and converting to put KCB 14-0 up. Arthur Owira landed a third to put the bankers 19-0 up at the break.
Monate Akwei scored off a patient Nakuru build up after the restart to bring the scores to 19-5. Ojee landed his brace after a patient build up, KCB going 24-5 up. Owira emulated Ojee in landing his brace.
Daystar went ahead with an unconverted try before James Odong replied for Nondies but the Falcons retook the lead, Silvester Miheso showing his marker a clean pair of heels to score under the posts for a 12-7 score.
Nondies frantically attacked Daystar, scoring at the death, Odong fluffing the conversion as the game ended all square, 12-12 at full time.
WINNING START FOR HOMEBOYZ
Menengai Cream Homeboyz started the Kabeberi Sevens with a 22-14 win over Mwamba.Cyprian Kuto’s brace put the deejays 10-0 up before Alex Aturo scored off the cross kick, Martin Wanjia converting for a 10-7 score at the break. Jeff Oluoch landed twice after the interval, Mike Wanjala slotting home one conversion as Homeboyz went 22-7 up.
Horace Otieno landed Mwamba’s second try, breaking through the tackle and barely maintaining his equilibrium before going over the chalk, Wanjia was sure with the conversion, a tad too late in the game as Homeboyz claimed the result.