Stanbic Mwamba beat Menengai Cream Homeboyz 17-0 to claim their first cup title of the season at the Dala Sevens, the fifth round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit.
The two sides were meeting in their third cup final this season and the game began with much pep and vigor, each side prodding the other. Daniel Taabu would leave his defenders for dead to score the game’s opening try.
The deejays would go in pursuit of the leveler but were let down by an Oscar Ayodi handling error with the line inviting him to touch down. It remained a fair contest but there were no further scores heading into the break, Mwamba with the narrowest of leads.
Kevin Wambua’s charges would continue to have the better share of territory and possession, putting the deejays on the backfoot but with nothing to add to the score. Collins Injera would attack space, accelerate and go over the chalk for Mwamba’s second try.
Things were not going right for Homeboyz, Mark Wandetto soon sent to the sin bin after an indiscretion that cost his team possession deep in Mwamba territory. Eliakim Kichoi killed off the game with a captain’s try at the death, Taabu converting as Mwamba won their first cup title of the season.
Third Place Playoff
Resolution Impala Saracens 12 KCB 7
Resolution Impala Saracens and KCB met in the third place playoff. Sammy Motari scored a converted try to see Impala go 7-0 up before the bankers were reduced to five men after successive yellow cards to Jeff Okwach and Brian Omondi. The bankers held firm and scored at the stroke of half time when Shaban Ahmed landed a converted try as the teams were tied 7-7 at the interval. Motari’s second try after the interval handed the lead back to Impala. Discipline or the lack of it was KCB’s bane, Francis Mwita visiting the sin bin for a two minute second half spell as the Sarries held on for the result and third place in Kisumu.
Fifth Place Final
Kenya Harlequin 7 Nondescripts 19
Challenge Trophy Final
Mean Machine 19 Menengai Oilers 14 (after extra time)
13th Place Final
Blak Blad 12 Masinde Muliro 19
Homeboyz, Mwamba set up cup final gig
Menengai Cream Homeboyz and Stanbic Mwamba set up a cup final for the third time this season on the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit after winning their semifinal fixtures at the Dala Sevens.
Stanbic Mwamba 20 KCB 7
The second cup semifinal saw Stanbic Mwamba take on KCB. This match was again a cagey affair, the deadlock only broken late in the opening half through Greg Odhiambo’s try after the two sides had engaged in a physical sparring session. The response from the bankers was swift, Andrew Amonde racing clear to touch down, the try however rescinded following a call for cynical play. Eliakim Kichoi’s try against the run of play put Mwamba 10-0 ahead going into half time. Odhiambo landed his brace to put Mwamba 15-0 up before KCB responded through Francis Mwita’s long range try that Shaban Ahmed converted to bring the score to 15-7. Daniel Taabu then extended Mwamba’s lead, attacking from deep in his half to score his side’s fourth try, Mwamba all but sure of a place in the final.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 19 Resolution Impala Saracens 12
Menengai Cream Homeboyz and Resolution Impala Saracens dueled in the first cup semifinal and it was Homeboyz who staved off Impala’s early pressure to open the scoring, Mike Wanjala converting Leonard Mugaisi’s try for a 7-0 lead. The Sarries were guilty of spurning gilt edged opportunities, camping in the deejays 22 but unable to translate this territorial dominance into points. They would eventually benefit from a penalty try after Mugaisi was binned for the high tackle on Harritone Munai, the teams tied 7-7 at half time. Having had time to reflect on his indiscretion, Mugaisi raced the length of the field to add his and Homeboyz second try, Olindi converting for a 14-7 lead. Derrick Mayar would pick the loose ball from the breakdown, sprinting 63 meters to score as the Sarries now trailed by two points. This tie was frenetic towards the end, the hunger for the cup final evident in the frantic play from both sides. Olindi stole in from the blind to set up Richard Alai for the buzzer beating try that saw Homeboyz through to the cup final.
Fifth Place Semifinal Results
Kenya Harlequin 33 Kabras Sugar 0
Top Fry Nakuru 12 Nondescripts 24
Challenge Trophy Semifinal Results
Resolution Kisii 14 Mean Machine 38
Menengai Oilers 24 Northern Suburbs 5
13th Place Semifinal Results
Blak Blad 15 MKU Thika 10
Masinde Muliro 22 Silverstone Kisumu 5
Cup Quarterfinal Round Up
The cup semifinal pairing fell into place in interesting fashion at the Dala Sevens. There was a mix of grit, drama and one way traffic across the four quarterfinal fixtures.
KCB 12 Nondescripts 7
The last cup quarterfinal pitted serial semifinalists KCB against a tenacious Nondescripts. It was cagey, as we have come to expect from any KCB fixture during the knockout stages of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit. Nondies asked questions of the bankers, enjoying large spells of possession but nothing to show on the scoreboard, the two sides going into the interval deadlocked 0-0. Nondies would lose Moses Begi to the sin bin, KCB capitalizing on the extra man advantage to attack and go ahead through Shaban Ahmed, Isaac Njoroge adding the extras for a 7-0 lead. Ahmed would soon visit the bin. It remained a scrap heap of contest, Oscar Dennis racing clear to score for Nondies, Daniel Okito converting to tie up the scores and serving up a session of sudden death extra time. Andrew Amonde would soon set up Jeff Okwacha to seal the result for KCB.
Stanbic Mwamba 24 Top Fry Nakuru 12
The third cup quarterfinal was a repeat of the Driftwood Sevens final, Stanbic Mwamba taking on Top Fry Nakuru. Mwamba took the early initiative, attacking and getting the game’s opening try through Greg Odhiambo. Alex Aturo doubled the lead with Daniel Taabu converting for a 12-0 lead as Kevin Wambua’s charges looked to make the cup semis in Kisumu. Taabu sliced through the Nakuru defense to score and convert for a 19-0 lead at the interval. Nakuru responded with a try from Nelson Oyoo. Geoff Ominde converted Gramwell Bunyasi’s try to see Nakuru needing a converted try to tie up the match and send it into extra time. Billy Odhiambo would set up Collins Injera to score under the posts, sending Mwamba into the semis.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 33 Kabras Sugar 7
Defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz and Kabras Sugar faced off in the second cup quarterfinal. The deejays seized the lead when Alvin Otieno went over with Mike Wanjala converting for a 7-0 lead. Kabras would patiently work their way into Homeboyz territory, Philip Wokorach completing the long and drawn out process by scoring a converted try to restore parity. Leonard Mugaisi scored at the stroke of half time with Wanjala adding the extras for a 14-7 lead at the interval. Johnstone Olindi converted Augustine Lugonzo’s try to see the deejays go 21-7 up and it was soon out of Kabras’ reach when Otieno went over for his brace. Richard Alai piled on the misery with a late converted try to secure a result for Homeboyz
Kenya Harlequin 12 Resolution Impala Saracens 17
Kenya Harlequin and Resolution Impala Saracens met in the first cup quarterfinal. It was Quins who pinned their Ngong Road rivals in their half early on, Willy Ambaka going over the whitewash for the game’s opening try. Cyprian Kuto added a second try, Eden Agero converting to see Quins go 12-0 up at the interval.
The Sarries got back into it after the restart, referee Victor Oduor awarding them a penalty try after Kuto’s high tackle on Sammy Motari. A two minute spell in the sin bin the reward for Kuto. Mark Kwemoi would tap and go over the chalk, his subsequent conversion sailing wide as the teams were tied 12-12. Motari would score at the death to give Impala the victory and a semifinal berth.
Challenge Trophy Quarters
Resolution Kisii 24 Blak Blad 7
MKU Thika 17 Mean Machine 22
Menengai Oilers 35 Masinde Muliro 19
Northern Suburbs 7 Silverstone Kisumu 5