It was double delight for Menengai Cream Homeboyz who celebrated winning the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit overall title by beating hosts Kenya Harlequin 24-19 in sudden death extra time at the Christie Sevens cup final in Nairobi on Sunday 16 September 2018.
Homeboyz Leonard Mugaisi was sin binned early, Quins going ahead moments later through Cyprian Kuto, the ensuing conversion from Aaron Ofoyrwoth taking the score to 7-0. Alex Olaba would set up Solomon Okia for his brace, Ofoyrwoth converting for a 14-0 lead.
Jeff Oluoch would race clear, fending off Kuto in the process as he touched down for the deejays with Johnstone Olindi converting to bring the score to 14-7 in mid first half. He would drop the ball with the try line in sight as Homeboyz began to grow in confidence. There were no further scores with Quins taking the 14-7 lead into the breather.
Homeboyz drew first blood in the second half, Oluoch going over, Olindi converting to level up matters, 14-14 and a cup final to play for. Leonard Mugaisi would kick over the Quins defenders, dropping the ball agonizingly short of the try line.
Ofoyrwoth would score on the counter attack to give Quins the lead, the tension felt across the stadium with the scores 19-14 to the hosts. Homeboyz went chasing the game, putting Quins on the ropes. Quins were reduced to six men when Okia was sent to the bin, Olindi with the equalizer for the newly crowned circuit champs, a very tense 19-19 score at full time.
Mugaisi would win it in sudden death for Homeboyz, successfully gathering his kick to touch down and bring matters to a close.
Blue Bulls TUKS defeated Strathmore Leos 31-5 to finish third.
Fifth Place Final
Tries from Davis Chenge and Jeff Okwacha gave KCB a 10-0 lead before the Ugandans hit back with an unconverted try for a 10-5 score. An Ahmed Shaban effort gave KCB a 17-5 lead at the break. Second half tries from Shaban and Okwacha secured the 29-5 win for KCB and fifth place at the Christies.
Challenge Trophy Final
Nondescripts 21 Top Fry Nakuru 14
13th place final
Menengai Oilers 12 Resolution Impala Saracens 5
Cup semifinal round up
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 41 Strathmore Leos 5
Strathmore went ahead with an early try against the deejays before Jeff Oluoch scored under the posts, Johnstone Olindi converting for a 7-5 lead. Alvin Otieno extended Homeboyz lead with a try at the left corner. Oscar Ayodi crossed over the chalk for Homeboyz third try, Olindi converting as his side took a 19-5 lead before Oluoch landed his brace to put his side 24-5 up at the break. Collins Shikoli’s brace in between Bush Mwale’s try took the deejays 41-5 up at full time.
Blue Bulls TUKS 5 Kenya Harlequin 10
Blue Bulls TUKS and Kenya Harlequin met in the first cup semifinal and it was Quins who asked all the questions of the South Africans, pinning them deep in their half for large spells. The first half would end scoreless. Cyprian Kuto would break the deadlock with an early second half try.
Quins doubled the lead through Alex Olaba before Louis Sargeant scored a long range try for the TUKS. The hosts would hold out for the result, reaching the cup final at their home tournament
Fifth place semifinal Round Up
Mean Machine 5 Uganda Emerging Sevens 17
The Ugandans landed three tries and one conversion to take a 17-0 lead into the interval. Machine scored an unconverted try after the restart as the scores remained this way until full time.
Stanbic Mwamba 0 KCB 24
KCB scored a try from kickoff, Davis Chenge going over to put the bankers 5-0 up. This would prove to be the only of the first half.Jeff Okwach doubled the bankers lead, scoring off a quickly taken penalty with Ahmed Shaban converting for a 12-0 lead. Everything was going KCB’s way in terms of possession and territory and it inevitable that they would score a third try, Andrew Amonde beating his defenders to score for a 17-0 lead. Samuel Asati soon added to this tally, his converted try putting KCB 24-0 up and with it a berth in the fifth place final.
Challenge Trophy Semifinals
Kabras 12 Nondescripts 24
Top Fry Nakuru 26 Resolution Kisii 7
13th place semifinals
Oilers 31 Suburbs 5
Zastava 10 Impala 31
Quarterfinal Round Up
Homeboyz claim circuit title
Menengai Cream Homeboyz reached the cup semifinal with a 29-5 win over Mean Machine. The result also saw them claim the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit title following Mwamba’s quarterfinal exit. Strathmore Leos set up a semifinal date with the deejays after beating Uganda’s Emerging 7s 29-17 in the final quarterfinal fixture.
KCB 14 Kenya Harlequin 22
KCB went ahead with a converted try but Quins worked their way back into this fixture, scoring two unconverted tries at the stroke of half time to lead 10-7 at the break. A try and conversion after the restart following a red card to KCB’s Francis Mwita saw Quins go 17-7 up. Jacob Ojee would score under the posts to bring KCB to three points of Quins. This match was not over yet, Quins landing their fourth try to go 22-14 up, a lead they held to the end.
Stanbic Mwamba 14 Blue Bulls TUKS 22
Blue Bulls TUKS scored two tries against the run of play to go 10-0 up. Mwamba would ask questions of the Bulls, eventually getting a reward when Greg Odhiambo went over, Daniel Taabu adding the extras for a 10-7 half time score. The South Africans landed a converted try after the restart to go 17-7 up. Taabu would slice through the Bulls defence like a hot knife on butter, scoring and converting to make it 17-14. Bulls responded immediately, the try taking them 22-14 up
Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal Results
Kabras Sugar 17 Menengai Oilers 12
Nondescripts 19 Northern Suburbs 14
Top Fry Nakuru 43 Narvskaya Zastava 7
Resolution Impala Saracens 21 Resolution Kisii 26 (after extra time)