Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit: It’s a race to the finish

Five tournaments down, three different winners and three teams still in with a realistic  chance of winning the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit which draws to a close with the Christie Sevens at Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz Leonard Mugaisi in action during the fifth round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit, the Silverstone Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu on Saturday 8 September 2018

Menengai Cream Homeboyz were quick off the blocks, winning the opening three tournaments in Nakuru, Eldoret and Machakos before letting slip in Mombasa where they exited at the cup semifinal stage, allowing Top Fry Nakuru to claim top honors in Kenya’s second largest city. They would then fall in the cup final at the just concluded Dala Sevens in Kisumu but having put in the hard work early on, they sit atop the circuit log with 100 points, eight clear of second placed Stanbic Mwamba.

Stanbic Mwamba’s Billy Odhiambo beats his opponent during the fifth round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit, the Silverstone Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu on Saturday 8 September 2018

Mwamba have been equally consistent, playing in four cup finals and on 92 points, they do stand a chance of claiming the overall title. This would depend on them repeating their Dala Sevens exploits by winning the cup final in Nairobi while counting on Homeboyz to finish fifth or below. Such a scenario would see Homeboyz finish with 113 points, one short of Mwamba’s  projected 114 in the event of a cup title win.

KCB’s Francis Mwita in action against Northern Suburbs during the fifth round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit, the Sliverstone Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu on Saturday 8 September 2018

KCB have been this season’s serial semifinalists and sit third on the log on 81 points. Winning the overall circuit is a long shot for them…but still a shot anyway. They would need to lift the Christie Sevens cup title while counting on calamitous performances from Homeboyz and Mwamba in the form of failure to secure  cup quarterfinal qualification.

It should be an interesting end to the circuit, will it be a straightforward conclusion or will we wait with bated breath?

Well, the best way to find out is by attending the Christie Sevens this weekend as we await the coronation of the new Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit champions.

View the standings here

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