Sepetuka Sevens Day 1 Round Up

Masinde Muliro registered a second successive win, beating Mean Machine 26-12 to reach a first cup quarterfinal since 2009. Their cause was helped by Menengai Cream Homeboyz who topped the pool with a 31-10 win over Menengai Oilers.

POOL A

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Homeboyz 3 3 0 0 91 32 +59 9
MMUST 3 2 0 1 53 52 +1 7
Oilers 3 1 0 2 41 48 -7 5
Machine 3 0 0 3 24 77 -53 3

Mwamba finish top of Pool B
Stanbic Mwamba topped Pool B with a 19-7 win over defending champions Kabras Sugar. Strathmore Leos 17-0 win over Kisumu saw them finish third in the pool.

POOL B

P W D L F A PD Pts
Mwamba 3 3 0 0 71 19 +52 9
Kabras 3 2 0 1 38 38 0 7
Strathmore 3 1 0 2 43 38 +5 5
Kisumu 3 0 0 3 5 62 -57 3

Impala top Pool C
Resolution Impala Saracens finished top of Pool C with a 26-7 win over Top Fry Nakuru. Blak Blad finished third in beating Catholic Monks for their first win of the day. Both teams however dropped to Sunday’s Challenge Trophy quarterfinals.

POOL C

  P W D L F A PD Pts
Impala 3 3 0 0 67 19 +48 9
Nakuru 3 2 0 1 76 45 +31 7
Blad 3 1 0 2 50 50 0 5
Monks 3 0 0 3 14 93 -79 3

Pool D

Kenya Harlequin dominated KCB but were forced to settled for a 12-12 draw that placed the bankers top of the pool. Nondescripts finished second with a 29-5 win over Resolution Kisii.

POOL D

  P W D L F A PD Pts
KCB 3 2 1 0 56 22 +34 8
Nondies 3 2 0 1 51 20 +31 7
Kisii 3 1 0 2 33 58 -25 5
Quins 3 0 1 2 12 52 -40 4

Cup quarterfinal line up takes shape


Top Fry Nakuru secured cup quarterfinal qualification with a game to spare with a 26-19 win over Blak Blad. Geoff Ominde scored and converted to seal the win as the teams were tied 19-19 with precious little to play. Joining them in the last eight were Impala who stopped Catholic Monks 24-7, Kabras Sugar who edged Kisumu 7-5. Stanbic Mwamba edged Strathmore Leos 14-12 to become the fourth team team through. Hosts Homeboyz made sure of a berth in the last eight with a routine 27-5 win over Mean Machine.

KCB beat Nondescripts 15-10 to post a second successive win and with it cup quarterfinal qualification. Tries from Brian Amaitsa and Benjamin Marshall gave Nondies a 10-0 lead at the interval.Ahmed Shaban chased and gathered his kick over the Nondies defense to touch down and half the deficit.Essau Otieno levelled when he dived over for KCB’s second try.Jeff okwach’s try at the death won the game and cup quarterfinal qualification.

DOUBLE SHOCKER
Kenya Harlequin had no answer for Resolution Kisii, conceding four converted tries, two in each half as they crashed out of the cup competition, going down 28-0. Ian Amara, Aggrey Kitonyi, Isaac Wafula and John Ochar were Kisii’s try scorers.

SHOCKER!
Masinde Muliro pulled off a shock 10-7 win over Menengai Oilers. MMUST led 10-0 through tries from Nobert Makhakha and Timothy Mmasi and despite a late Derrick Keyoga try for the Oilers,MMUST held out for the upset result.

Routine win for KCB
KCB beat Resolution Kisii 29-0.Tries from Issac Njoroge and Ahmed Shaban gave KCB a 10-0 lead. Shaban would then convert his own try to see the bankers hold a 17-0 lead at the interval. Shaban then converted Brian Omondi’s try after the restart to take KCB 24-0 up.Jeff Okwach added a five pointer to give KCB the win and pole position in Pool D.

Nondies shock Quins
Nondescripts shocked Kenya Harlequin 12-0 in their Pool D opener. Playing in borrowed kit after their kit failed to arrive on time, Nondescripts scored first against Quins through Saidi Sumba’s converted try. Benjamin Marshall added a second to see Nondies take a 12-0 lead at the break ,a lead that they held to the end. First upset of the day? Perhaps

Deejays overcome plucky MMUST
Menengai Cream Homeboyz outlasted a plucky Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology 33-17. Kelvin Abuga stunned Homeboyz with a breakaway try. The lightning quick Abuga scored in similar fashion to put MMUST 10-0 up. Johnstone Olindi responded with a well worked converted try for the deejays to bring them to within three of MMUST before Leonard Mugaisi’s try gave Homeboyz a 14-10 lead at the break. Mark Wandetto’s effort under the posts took the deejays further clear of the plucky students and by the time he was landing his brace, it was clear that any ideas that MMUST harbored of pulling off an upset were fading away. Ian Mukanzi would score and convert before the deejays’ Brian Juma scored at the death to secure the result.

Menengai Oilers earlier beat Mean Machine 24-7. Tries Peter Wanjala, Harold Anduvate and Derrick Keyoga’s brace alongside Amos Onyikwa’s two conversions while Mean Machine got their only try of the game through Victor Shavia.

Stanbic Mwamba open account with big win over Kisumu
Stanbic Mwamba started with a 38-0 win over Kisumu. Tries from Daniel Taabu and Ronnie Omondi’s converted effort put Mwamba 12-0 up at the interval. Omondi struck after the restart, Taabu with the extras to extend Mwamba’s lead. Martin Wanjia then converted Eliakim Kichoi’s try before Taabu’s twos from Joel Inzuga’s try and Wanjia’s try secured the big result for the former National Sevens Circuit champions.

Winning start for Kabras
Defending Sepetuka champions Kabras Sugar began their campaign with a 24-14 win over Strathmore Leos. Strathmore mounted the early pressure but were caught napping when Paul Abuto scored a long range try, Dominic Osino converting to put the sugarmen 7-0 up. Owen Otieno responded with a converted try for the Leos but Osino scored to give Kabras a 12-7 lead at the break. Dennis Juma’s converted try after the restart took Strathmore ahead for the first time in this match. Aluda Beda, on as a second half substitute, raced clear to score at the corner, restoring Kabras’ slender lead in the process. Fabian Olando’s converted try made the score line safe for Kabras.

Impala overcome slow start
Trailing 0-5 barely seconds after kickoff, Resolution Impala Saracens were made to work for the 17-5 win over Blak Blad. Blak Blad drew first flood through Archadius Khwesa but Mark Kwemoi’s brilliant individual effort and conversion took the Sarries 7-5 up. The Sarries would lose Harritone Munai and Ishmael Mokaya to the sin bin moments to the interval.Ian Mabwa’s try took the Sarries ahead for the first time in this match. Munai atoned for his first half indiscretion by scoring his team’s third try, making the victory safe.

Nakuru crush the Monks
Top Fry Nakuru started their campaign with a 43-0 win over Catholic Monks. Gramwell Bunyasi’s first half treble, Steve Wamae’s solitary try and Geoff Ominde’s two conversions saw Nakuru take a 24-0 lead at the break. Charles Odongo added a second half brace with Crispin Onyango landing once as Henry Ayah drilled home two conversions for the big win.

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