NATIONAL SEVENS CIRCUIT

Homeboyz win 2022 Dala 7s

Homeboyz Rugby huddle in a past event. Photo Courtesy/Homeboyz Media

Homeboyz are the Dala 7s Champions after edging Menengai Oilers in the final played on Sunday at Jomo Kenyatta Stadium in Mamboleo.

Oilers have now lost in five National Sevens Circuit finals and will have to wait longer for the 7s Cup win.  Gibson Weru, who led  Nakuru RFC to their lone National 7s Circuit title in 2015, headed to this hoping to break the Oilers’ final curse. The last time Oilers had won a final match was in the 2019’s Great Rift 10s beating Homeboyz 10-5.

Prior to this Dala final, they had fallen to Mwamba Rugby Club in Driftwood 7s final a fortnight ago.  The defeat to Mwamba in  Mombasa was their fourth final loss in the 7s Circuit. Oilers had previously reached the 2017 Kabeberi 7s final, as well as the 2019 Kabeberi and Dala 7s finals, but had all lost.

The Deejayz on their part were featuring in the first final this season and were seeking to emulate the 2016 and 2017 squad which managed back-to-back Cup wins in Dala.

Kenya 7s  youngster Amon Wamalwa went on to score the opening try for Homeboyz to lead  7-0 after Mike Nyakundi converted. Oilers, featuring in the second consecutive final, pulled back through Amos Onyinkwa who touched down under the sticks.  Mark Kwemoi banged in a conversion for a 7-7.

Leonard Mugaisi restored Homeboyz lead after a try at the left corner for a 12-7 halftime lead. Kenyan International Collins Shikoli scored the third try that was converted Brian Juma for a 19-7 lead.

Oilers scored a late try through Kenya Simbas winger Beldad Ogeta’s try  and Kwemoi converted but could not stop Homeboyz from reclaiming the title they last won in 2017.

 

KCB Rugby edged Mwamba 10-7 to finish third for the second time in a row.  Chrispin Onyango’s converted try gave Mwamba a lead and KCB fought to respond back through skipper Michael Wanjala after he sprinted over 50 metres to score a try for KCB.

Andrew Amonde scored the winning try after a powerful run to give the bankers a podium finish. Strathmore Leos beat Nondies 17-12 to finish fifth in the competition.

Kabras RFC won the Challenge Trophy after a 14-10 win over Nakuru RFC as Kenya Harlequin edged hosts Kisumu 12-7 to finish 13th.

Challenge Trophy
 
Nakuru RFC 21-7 Daystar Falcons
 
Kenya Harlequin 12-15 Impala  Saracens
 
Kabras RFC 14-24 Kisumu RFC
 
Blak Blad 17-14 Zetech Oaks
 
Cup Quarters
 
Mwamba RFC 24-5 MMUST Rugby Club
 
Homeboyz 12-7 Strathmore Leos
 
Menengai Oilers 12-10 Nondies
 
KCB Rugby 40-7 Catholic Monks
 
13th place semis
Daystar  Falcons 12-22 Kenya Harlequin
Kisumu RFC 20-7  Zetech Okas
 
Challenge Trophy semis
Nakuru RFC  19-14 Impala Saracens
Kabras RFC 21-7 Blak Blad
 
5th place Semis
MMUST Rugby Club 12-22 Strathmore Leos
Nondies 26-5 Catholic Monks
 
Cup semis
Mwamba Rugby Club 10-14 Homeboyz
Menengai Oilers 14-12 KCB Rugby
13th  place Final
Kenya Harlequin 12-7 Kisumu  RFC
Challenge Trophy
 
Kabras RFC 14-10 Nakuru RFC
Fifth place 
Strathmore Leos 17-12 Nondies
Bronze 
Mwamba Rugby Club 7-10 KCB Rugby
Final 
Homeboyz 19-14 Menengai Oilers

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