We ‘re done with day one action at the last leg of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit, the Christie Sevens. This is how day one played out.
KCB finish top of Pool D, Leos sneak in
Strathmore Leos registered their second win of the day, beating Resolution Kisii 29-0 in their final Pool D encounter to reach the cup quarters. The second match between KCB and Nondescripts saw Oscar Dennis land a converted try to put Nondies 7-0 up. KCB’s Andrew Amonde responded with a long range try, racing almost 60 meters to score under the posts, Sam Asati converting to level up matters. The score would remain 7-7 at the interval. Ahmed Shaban gave KCB the lead with a try in mid second half, his unconverted effort taking the score to 12-7. It was Nondies turn to respond, Dennis Ombachi’s unconverted try restoring parity at 12-12. Nondies surged forward with KCB on the ropes, losing the momentum and possession due to a forward pass, the full time whistle soon sound, KCB topping the pool, Nondies dropping to the Challenge Trophy.
POOL D final standings
Uganda Emerging Sevens and Quins make the cut
Invitational side Uganda Emerging Sevens made the cut from Pool C, reaching the cup quarterfinals after defeating Northern Suburbs in their final pool encounter. They built on a 10-0 half time lead to beat Northern Suburbs 29-0. There was all to play for in the match between Resolution Impala Saracens and hosts Kenya Harlequin and it was the Sarries who went ahead through Sammy Motari’s unconverted try after George Okowa had gained the crucial meters. Solomon Okia replied with two tries, one of which was converted to give Quins a 12-5 lead at the interval. Impala pressured Quins after the break but were caught cold when Cyprian Kuto played in Okia for his hat trick, the ensuing conversion from Aaron Ofoyrwoth sailing over the bar for a 19-5 lead. Kuto soon got his name on the scorers sheet, touching down with Ofoyrwoth converting for a 26-5 lead.
Pool C final standings
Deejays top Pool B, Blue Bulls through to quarters
Blue Bulls TUKs registered their second win in Pool B, edging plucky Menengai Oilers 21-19 to reach the cup quarters alongside Menengai Cream Homeboyz who made sure of first place in the pool with a 43-12 win over Top Fry Nakuru.
Pool B final standings
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Machine secure quarterfinal berth, Mwamba top Pool A
Mean Machine raced to a 35-0 half time lead against Zastava in their final Pool A game. They would add a sixth converted after the interval before the Russians struck twice, Machine claiming the 42-12 result and a cup quarterfinal berth in the process. Stanbic Mwamba and Kabras Sugar went toe to toe in this thriller a minute encounter. Kulabu would eventually claim the 31-21 result to top the pool.
Pool A final Standings
Standings after Round 2
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Round 2 Recap
Leos revive their hopes, KCB reach quarters
Strathmore Leos revived their cup quarterfinal hopes with a comprehensive 31-12 Pool D drubbing of Nondescripts. KCB made sure of cup quarterfinal qualification from this pool with a 26-10 win over Resolution Kisii.
Pool C thrown wide open
Emerging Uganda Sevens pulled a shocker in Pool C, defeating hosts Kenya Harlequin 19-17 to throw Pool C wide open with a game to spare. Resolution Impala Saracens survived an early Northern Suburbs scare, conceding an early converted try before regrouping to shoot top of the pool with a 28-7 win.
The South Africans bounce back, Homeboyz make it two out of two
Blue Bulls TUKS bounced back in emphatic fashion with a 40-5 Pool B demolition job of Top Fry Nakuru. Menengai Cream Homeboyz reached the last eight with a 14-0 win over Menengai Oilers.
Mwamba seal cup quarterfinal berth, Zavasta edge Kabras
Zastava registered their first win of the tournament, defeating outgoing circuit champions Kabras Sugar 12-10 in the second round of Pool A action. Stanbic Mwamba built on a 19-7 lead at the interval to book a cup quarterfinal berth with a game to spare courtesy of a 31-12 victory over Mean Machine.
Standings after Round 1
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Round 1 Recap
Nondescripts started their Pool D campaign with a 36-5 victory over Resolution Kisii. Strathmore Leos and KCB faced off in the second Pool D encounter, the bankers rallying from a 5-7 half time deficit to claim a 17-14 win.
Quins too mighty for Suburbs as Impala held by the Ugandans
Hosts Kenya Harlequin defeated Northern Suburbs 48-0 in their Pool C opener, the highest score of the opening round. Resolution Impala Saracens and Uganda Emerging 7s played out a 5-5 stalemate in the other pool fixture.
Nakuru ease past Oilers, Homeboyz overcome South African challenge
Top Fry Nakuru started their Pool B campaign with a 24-12 win over cross town rivals Menengai Oilers. Guest side Blue Bulls TUKS combined rattled circuit leaders Menengai Cream Homeboyz early on, taking a 7-0 lead before the deejays landed twice in quick succession to take a 12-7 lead. The South Africans kept this half alive as a contest, asking questions of the deejays but unable to score heading into half time. It remained cagey in the second half, Homeboyz landing a converted try to go 19-7 up. The deejays killed off the game with a converted try at the death for the 26-7 result.
Mwamba ease past the Russians, Kabras edge Machine
Kabras Sugar started their campaign with a narrow 12-10 Pool A win over Mean Machine. The second fixture in the pool pitted Stanbic Mwamba against Russian side Narvskaya Zastava. Daniel Taabu scored and his and Greg Odhiambo’s try before landing his brace put Mwamba 19-0 up at the interval. Eliakim Kichoi’s converted try extended Mwamba’s lead to 26-0 before the Russians landed twice, first from a maul and second from an unforced Mwamba error to bring the score to 26-12. Two last gasp tries put daylight between Mwamba and the Russians, fulltime score 38-12.