Menengai Oilers Head Coach Gibson Weru says hunger to win after Dala 7s disappointments led to their Prinsloo 7s victory.
Oilers made history at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Sunday 10 June when they defeated Strathmore Leos 12-7 in a fiercely contested final to be crowned Prinsloo 7s winners. Weru’s side finally broke the jinx, winning their first sevens trophy since their inception. The side had reached the final stage during Driftwood 7s and Dala 7s but failed to sparkle.
In an interview with the Scrummage after the match, Weru said “The Boys were hungry. We were very disappointed last weekend after losing a second-time final.”
“I think the home advantage has worked. It is a Nakuru RFC home, we had a tough game with them yesterday (Saturday), but the whole of Nakuru supported us (On Sunday) and I am very happy. It is sweeter when you win at home,” remarked Gibson Weru.
According to Weru, they came into this circuit with a winning mentality. “Our goal coming into this series was to win the series. So we will try and give it a good shot and see if it is possible. But we have a very good chance.”
Oilers are top of the log, ahead of KCB. They will be hoping to maintain the gap come Kakamega sevens to claim the overall title.
The former Kenya sevens star also praised Ominde’s leadership abilities which he believes helped the team achieve a long-awaited victory.
“Ominde is an experienced player. He was available for this tournament and brought his leadership to the team. When things were tough, he showed the boys how to calm things down. He was able to uplift us.”
Gibson Weru also lauded Steven Arunga’s remarkable performance, describing it as exceptional. “But the other guys stood out. Arunga was exceptional.”
This season, Steven Arunga has been included in the dream team twice. He made his maiden appearance in the dream team during Driftwood sevens when Menengai Oilers impressive run was cut short by Mwamba.
The final leg, Kakamega sevens will be hosted by Western Bulls at The Bull Ring on July 16 and 17.