KCB Rugby, Kabras RFC, Menengai Oilers, MMUST Rugby and Nakuru RFC started off the Kakamega 7s on a winning note in round one matches played on Saturday 16 July.
MMUST, Oilers win Kakamega 7s Pool A
MMUST started the day on a high, seeing off Nondies 14-12 in the Day one opener match. MMUST came into this final leg having achieved another quarterfinal appearance in the Prinsloo 7s. Two converted tries were enough to guide the students past Nondies keeping their quarter’s dream alive.
Prinsloo 7s winners Menengai Oilers held down Vihiga Granites 39-7. Gibson Weru charges are eyeing the maiden National Sevens Circuit and understand that winning the pool will boost their chances. Granites made their debut Division 1 appearance during Prinsloo. The side has since been doing well.
Catholic Monks, Strathmore win
Blak Blad, who were moved to this Pool after Mwamba pulled out, started off on a wrong footing, narrowly losing 10-7 to Catholic Monks. William Motto’s side will have to put up a spirited fight in the final matches to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Strathmore Leos, now under the stewardship of Louis Kisia who is back after a two week ban, overpowered Kisumu RFC 27-7 in the chilly Kakamega weather. Strathmore Leos who are also in the race for the title will be keen to do well in this tournament to boost their chances.
Nakuru shock Homeboyz
Kakamega 7s hosts Western Bulls lost the round one match going down 14-7 to Kenya Harlequins. Kenya Harlequins managed a two tries, one from Dennis Nyongesa. Dominic Osino added the extras to put Quins ahead of their opponents.
Nakuru RFC struck in the second half to overpower a resilient Homeboyz side. Nakuru failed to sparkle in their home tournament, Prinsloo, and headed into this circuit eager to bounce back.
They scored three tries in the final half. Samuel Mwaura scored a brace while John Ochar also added five points. Only one conversion was successful. The game ended
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KCB and Kabras win Pool D
The first game of this pool saw Kabras RFC thrash Kabarak University 42-7. The students were promoted to this Pool after Impala confirmed they will not be attending the final leg. Braces from Brian Tanga and Malik Habil were enough to take the lead for the Sugarmen.
Jone Kubu and Barry Robinson’s magical feet drilled in three conversion in the second half. Kabarak managed a full mark try and conversion. The Sugarmen are hoping to reach the finals stage this time.
Defending Champions KCB rugby started off with a narrow 19-12 win over Daystar Falcons. Fresh from the World Cup qualifiers, Jacob Ojee and Samuel Asati respectively scored the tries in the first half.
One conversion was successful but the other was off the target of Brian Wahinya.
At half-time, the Bankers were leading 12-0. From the break, Daystar scored their opener try through Dennis Oliele. The conversion went wide. Patrick Odongo, who made his debut during Kabeberi 7ss and made an impressive performance and joined the score sheet with a five-pointer which Floyd Wabwire converted to equalise the scores.
Ojee was back to the scoresheets again for a 19-12 score before Geoffrey Okwach was sent to the naughty chair.
Kakamega 7s Round One Results
Mmust Rugby 14-12 Nondescripts RFC
Menengai Oilers 39-7 Vihiga Granites
Catholic Monks 10-7 Blak Blad RFC
Strathmore 27-7 Kisumu RFC
Kenya Harlequins 14-7 Western Bulls
Nakuru RFC 17-14 Homeboyz RFC
Kabras RFC 42-7 Kabarak University
KCB Rugby 17-12 Daystar University