Kabras RFC beat Oilers in sudden death to win Driftwood 7s

Contest between Kabras and Kenya Harlequin. Photo/Dave Mwaura

Kabras RFC emerged as the champions of the Driftwood 7s tournament after a sudden-death 10-7 victory over Menengai Oilers in the final held at Mombasa Sports Club on Sunday.

The Sugarmen, determined to bounce back from their previous final loss to KCB, showcased their resilience throughout the competition.

Having reached back-to-back finals this season, Kabras RFC secured their spot in the ultimate showdown with a hard-fought 12-7 victory over Strathmore Leos.

Meanwhile, the Oilers, aiming for redemption after their loss to Mwamba in last year’s Driftwood final, displayed their strength and determination by defeating KCB 17-12 in the semifinals to advance to the final in Mombasa.

The match kicked off with the Oilers taking an early lead when Kenyan International Denis Abukuse evaded his markers and crossed the try line, converting the try for a 7-0 advantage.

However, Kabras RFC swiftly responded with a try from Kenyan International Kevin Wekesa, levelling the score at 7-7.

With no clear winner in regulation time, the game progressed into extra time, intensifying the battle between the two teams. Despite the Oilers’ persistent attacks, Kabras RFC showcased their defensive prowess and denied their opponents on two occasions.

In the second half of extra time, Kabras RFC was awarded a crucial penalty, which Jone Kubu successfully converted, securing a hard-fought victory and clinching the championship title.

In the third-place playoff, KCB Rugby displayed their dominance with a convincing 29-12 win over Strathmore Leos. Mwamba, on the other hand, secured a fifth-place finish by defeating Kenya Harlequin 12-7.

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