Western Bulls and former giants Mean Machine, relegated after finishing in the bottom two positions during last season’s Kenya Cup will be keen to start life in the second tier on a high.

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A battling Simbas fell 40-30 in an entertaining match at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong on Saturday evening.

Conor Hartley’s third minute try put Hong Kong 5-0 up. Toby Fenn added a converted try four minutes later to see the hosts go 12-0 up.Roslee then added a penalty for 15-0, summing up a torrid opening quarter of an hour for the Simbas who had to deal with the ealry injury enforced loss of Peter Karia, Philip Ikambili making an early start off the replacements bench.

A Kenyan foray into HK territory saw them get a penalty,Mukidza’s with the successful goal attempt for a 15-3 score. A second Mukidza penalty brought the score to 15-6 before Lex Kalika’s converted try put HK 22-6 up.

The Simbas would get a try,Ikambili going over with Mukidza converting for 22-13, the Kenyans would end the half stronger, unable though to turn possession into points heading into half time.

A patient build up after the restar saw Sam Onsomu go over, Mukidza converting for a 22-20 score.

A Yiu Kam Shing try saw Hong Kong go 27-20 up before Vincent Mose was played in by Leo Owade to score and bring the Simbas to 27-25,two shy of Hong Kong.

Hartley landed his brace,Roslee converting o see HK go 34-25 up but Oliver Mang’eni responded straight from the restart,34-30 with little left on the clock. The hosts added two penalties at the death to hold a ten point cushion to full time.

Comment

Impala Saracens and KCB have both revealed their respective squads that will face off in the finals of this year’s Floodies, a match slated for Saturday November 18 at the Impala Club.

Comment

Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has ringed six changes in the side that lost to Russia ahead of their final fixture of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Hong Kong set for Saturday 18 November at 12.00pm EAT (5.00pm HKT).

Sam Onsomu, Nato Simiyu, George Nyambua and David Ambunya, who all came in as substitutes in Tuesday’s 31-10 loss to Russia have been included in the starting lineup as Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango join them.

Peter Kilonzo, Alex Olaba and Joshua Chisanga have been reposed for this final game.

Kenya's Squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Owade, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Martin Owilah

REPLACEMENTS 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Elkeans Musonye, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Biko Adema, 23. Vincent Mose

Comment

Simbas will have to do without Joshua Chisanga in their final match of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Hong Kong scheduled for Saturday November 18, 2017.

This was revealed by head coach Jerome Paarwater, who said, “Joshua will be out on Saturday…this is a big blow for us. His knee doesn’t look too good and he may be out for a while. It’s unfortunate to lose him but we are fortunate enough not to have too many injuries. This boils down to how we have managed the squad and used the guys off the bench.”

This is a setback for Simbas, who are yet to register a win following 3-23 and 10-31 losses to Chile and Russia respectively.

The clash against Hong Kong will be the third this year for Kenya, having played them in two test matches back in August in Nairobi which ended in a19-19 draw and a 43-34 win for Hong Kong.

 

Comment

The Shujaa select side are this year's Safland sevens champions following a 19-12 win over South Africa Select on Saturday evening in Namibia. The Kenyan representatives got a perfect revenge for the side which had beaten them in the group stages.

Sammy Oliech, Willy Ambaka and Sam Muregi scored for Kenya with Oliech making the conversions to lift a trophy which they lost in the finals of 2016.

To reach the cup final, Shujaa had beaten Namibia Academy 38-0 after finishing second in pool A. They had also beat Namibia 12-0, Zambia 31-0 and Bulls 49-0.

The national sevens side now turns focus to the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series opener, Dubai 7s where they seek good displays.

 

Comment

Shujaa kicked off their Safland7s campaign with a 12-0 win over hosts Namibia. Herman Humwa was first on the scoreboard as he landed Shujaa’s first try at the corner of the pitch. Oliech missed the extras and scores remained 5-0 at the stroke of half time in favour of the Kenyans.

Second half Ambaka played in Oliech who went over the whitewash for the second try; sure with his boot, he split the posts extending Shujaa’s lead to 12-0. Namibia’s effort to score a last minute try were halted following a miss pass that saw the ball find touch and the referee ended the match.

Shujaa's next assignment is against Zambia at 7:40 PM.

Comment

The Simbas campaign of this year's  Regal Hotels Cup of Nations started on a terrible note, going down 23-3 to Chile in the first game of the tournament played on Friday November 10 at the Kings Park Ground in Hong Kong.

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The semifinals of this year's Impala Floodlit tournament take place on Saturday November 11, 2017, with a total of five matches set to be played for the longer version of the game.

The fixtures will get underway with the varsity category, red hot Blak Blad taking on the Catholic Monks at the RFUEA Grounds from 13:45 while Champions Menengai Oilers face Technical University of Kenya in the other semifinals at the Impala Club at the same time.

Blad reached the varsity semis with a 57-0 blitz of MKU Thika while the Monks posted a 15-8 victory over the Daystar Falcons. On their part, Oilers were too strong for Mean Machine II, cruising to a 39-3 win while TUK edged Strathmore Catulus 16-8.

Following the varsity category semis will be the plate semifinal clash pitting SportPesa Quins against Resolution Kisii. This match is set to commence at 15:30 at the Impala Club where winner will earn the right to play the Strathmore Leos in the plate final at the same venue on Saturday 18 November.

The first main cup semifinal will then kick off at 17:00, Hosts and defending champions Resolution Impala Saracens taking on Mean Machine RFC who edged Strathmore Leos 11-6 to reach the semis.

The last match of the day will then see last year’s beaten finalists KCB face Homeboyz from 19:00. The two sides reached this stage in contrasting fashion, KCB putting in a sketchy performance that at times had their fans’ heart rates oscillating before claiming a hard fought 20-14 win over Kisii while the deejays staged a stunning second half comeback, recovering from a 3-16 half time deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points en route to a 20-16 win over Quins.

UNIVERSITIES CATEGORY SEMI FINALS

1.45 PM at the RFUEA: BlakBlad RC vs CUEA Monks

1.45 PM at the IMPALA CLUB: Menengai Oilers vs TUK

CLUBS CATEGORY PLATE SEMI FINAL – IMPALA CLUB

3.30 PM: SportPesa Quins vs Resolution Kisii

CLUBS CATEGORY MAIN CUP SEMI FINALS – IMPALA CLUB

5PM: Resolution Impala Saracens vs Mean Machine RFC

7PM: KCB vs Homeboyz Rugby

 

Comment

The Simbas have opted for a starting lineup made up of largely experienced players for their opening match in the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations against Chile set for Friday November 10  at the King’s Park Ground in Hong Kong.

Wilson Kopondo skippers the side from the second row, partnering up with Oliver Mang’eni while Nato Simiyu starts at fly half, pairing up with scrum half Sam Onsomu whileGeorge Nyambua starts ahead of Eric Kerre at blindside.

Martin Owillah, Alex Olaba and Elkeans Musonye are rested for this tie.

The match will be played at 5.00pm Hong Kong time (12.00pm East African Time) and will be streamed live on the Hong Kong Rugby Union Facebook

Simbas squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Curtis Lilako, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Dennis Karani, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Lyle Asiligwa, 21. Biko Adema, 22. Peter Kilonzo, 23. Vincent Mose

 

Comment

Kenyan participants Shujaas have been alongside hosts Namibia, S.A Select, Bulls and Zambia in international section X of the Safland Sevens which is scheduled to take place from 10th to 11th November in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Shujaa will start their campaign against Namibia at 5.20pm on Friday evening before playing Zambia at 7.40pm. They will then complete their round robin fixtures with two matches on Saturday, facing their first opponent, Bulls at 11.00am before playing S.A Select at 2.00pm.

The other section, Y, features Botswana, Dukla from the Czech Republic, Namibia Academy and Lesotho.

Advancing to the cup semifinals will be the top two teams in each section.

Shujaa’s fixtures

Friday 10 November

v Namibia 5.20pm EAT

v Zambia 7.40pm EAT

Saturday 11 November

v Bulls 11.00am

v S.A. Select 2.00pm

 

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The Kenya Sevens squad that will take part in this year's Safland Sevens in Swakompund, Namibia has been named.

Making their first representative appearances in the sevens version of the game are Menengai Oilers duo Eric Ombasa and Sam Muregi, who shone during the just concluded national sevens circuit.

Other players who have made the cut are Frank Wanyama, Brian Tanga, Dan Sikuta Sammy Oliech, Oscar Ayodi, Nelson Oyoo and Eden Agero.

Assistant coach Will Webster has been handed the mandate of spearheading the team in Namibia for the tournament that will take place on 11th  and 12th November.

The selected team departs on Wednesday morning.

Squad to Safland Sevens 

Frank Wanyama, Dan Sikuta, Brian Tanga, Samuel Oliech, Oscar Ayodi, Nelson Oyoo, Herman Humwa, Charles Omondi, Jeff Oluoch, Eden Agero, Eric Ombasa, Sam Muregi 

Management: Will Webster, Lamech Bogonko, Erick Ogweno

 

Comment

Top Fry Nakuru RFC have released an official statement on Mike Okombe. 

In the statement authorized by the club chairman Mwangi Mucemi, it has emerged that Okombe, who until his demise on Saturday November 4 was a Nakuru RFC player, had held successful talks with the club management over a switch to former Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar.

The chairman also called on the public to refrain from coming up with pre-determined causes of Mike's death as the matter is currently being handled by the relevant authorities. He however urged those with any information on the incident to come forward and present it to the police.

Below is the full statement from the Nakuru RFC Rugby club:

 

Nakuru rugby family is at great loss with the sudden passing of our brother Mike Okombe.

As we mourn we would like to state the following.

Mike Okombe had come for an official meeting with Top fry Nakuru RFC management regarding finalization of his transfer to Kabras Sugar Rugby club. A successful meeting was held  between him and Nakuru rugby representatives on that Friday 3rd November 2017 evening.

On Saturday 4th November 2017, Topfry Nakuru rugby management received news that Mike had beenrushed to Valley hospital Nakuru in a critical condition. After receiving the news  management ,  players and some members of the coaching staff rushed to the hospital to ascertain Mike’s condition.

After getting to the hospital, the people who had rushed there were informed by the hospital  management that Mike had succumbed and passed on due to some serious injuries caused by a stab on his chest .

Due to the nature of the injuries(stabbing)the matter was reported to the police who have commenced investigation to ascertain the cause.

Today (Sunday)we met with the family representatives, Mike's father, brother and uncle.

Mzee acknowledged the efforts that Nakuru rugby has done for Mike over the last 6 years and prayed with us.

We the management of Top fry Nakuru rugby club together with the family are requesting that  members of the public should stop speculating as to the cause of Mikes Death as this matter is  being handled by Police and other relevant authorities. Anyone with information regarding the  incident should report to the nearest Police station to help to the speedy conclusion to the matter .

Once more the management, players, coaching staff and fans of Top fry Nakuru Rugby club do send their sincere condolences to the family of Mike and tell them that they are in our prayers and thoughts at this time of grief.

Regards

Chairman Nakuru rugby

Mwangi Mucemi

 

Comment

The Kenya Rugby Fraternity has in recent days come together to mourn and reflect the rugby impact of Simbas back row Michael Okombe Shitindo following the player's demise on Saturday November 4, 2017.

Okombe was a regular in the Simbas squad, making 17 test appearances since his debut in June 2013 where they only lost on six occasions. The 27 year-old established his rugby club career at Western Bulls before joining Top Fry Nakuru where he won back to back Kenya Cup titles during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Having been out of action due to a knee surgery that he had undergone, he was on the edge of completing a switch to Kabras Sugar for the upcoming season.

Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela, paid tribute to Okombe, saying,“ Mike was uncompromising on the field,but quiet, unassuming and loved off the field. His death is a big blow to the Kenyan rugby fraternity.”

“It is a very devastating loss, the squad is still coming to terms with the news of Mike’s death. He was an instrumental part of this team and will surely be missed. We had intended for him to join up with the team after our tour of Hong Kong but tragically this will not happen. Every game we play in Hong Kong will be in Mike’s memory,” said Simbas Team Manager Simiyu Wangila.,

His Simbas team mate Darwin Mukidza said, ” He was very dependable,fierce and loyal. We were looking forward to his return but have been hit hard by the news of his demise. While its hard to comprehend, it fires us up to work hard and dedicate every performance to our fallen lion because Mike was the kind of person who gave his all whenever he was called upon.”

Kenya Sevens stalwart Andrew Amonde eulogized Okombe, saying” I am absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news about Mike Okombe. Deep in our hearts we will treasure all the memories we shared, go well soldier, legend and brother.”

“Michael was a rugby player of great repute and a bright future. He worked his way quietly through the ranks and was destined for a long bright future as a Kenyan international. Even though he is gone today, he will always be remembered by the Kenya U20 management team for being a source of inspiration to many of our young players who aspired to be like him,” added Kenya U20 Head Coach Paul Odera.

 

Comment

The quarterfinals of this year's Impala floodlight tournament took place on Saturday November 4 at the Impala Grounds, with three teams booking their tickets for the semis slated for Saturday November 11.

KCB dispatch Kisii

In the first match of the day, 2015 champions KCB trounced Kisii RFC 20-14 to reserve a spot in the last four.

Essau Otieno’s penalty grabbed the lead for KCB in the early moments of the game before Boaz Ombura busted with a run between the posts to take Kisii infront.

Felix Ojow then restored the lead for the Bankers to take them leading 10-7 at the break.

On resumption, Marlin Mukolwe added the scored for KCB following a scrum inside Kisii’s 22 which was followed by Bonab Were's try to make it 20-7.

Alvin Maube’s converted try reduced the deficit for Kisii but were unable to stage a full return, with the match ending 20-14 in favour of KCB.

Machine overweigh Strathmore

Mean Machine also announced their semifinal arrival with an 11-6 win over Strathmore Leos in what was the second clash of the evening.

Machine needed only fifteen minutes to take the front through Eric Muthuma's well-taken penalty, which was added onto by James Olouch's try to make it 8-0.

With Machine penalized, flyhalf Ian Lumwaji drove the ball between the sticks to give inspiration to his teammates but the eight-point gap was soon restored by Muthama through a penalty.

Substitute Gideon Makumi's penalty in the last ten minutes of the game sealed off an 11-3 victory for Machines to set them up with  Impala Saracens in the semifinals.

Homeboyz outrun Quins

In the last match of the day, Homeboyz staged an incredible comeback under the flashing light to dump out Kenya Harlequins 20-16.

Quins had taken a comfortable lead early on through touch downs from Isaac Adimo and Pius Shiundu which were successfully converted by Eric Shikuku. Masai then registered a drop-goal for Homeboyz for  his team's first points.

Homeboyz after that started the comeback, Masai sending home the conversion after Kenyan international Steve Otieno has scored from a maul.

Quins' Pius Shiundu was then caught off guard deep in his side's 22 by substitute Cyprian Kuto who overwhelmed him to increaese Homeboyz' tally.

Mohamed Omolo capped off the inspiring comeback with a penalty late on to shut a 20-16 win for Homeboyz.

Semifinals fixtures

Homeboyz vs KCB

Mean Machine vs Impala Saracens

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

Ticketing information for this year's Impala Floodlit tournament programmed for 4th ,11th  and 18th November at the Impala Grounds has been released.

On Saturday November 4, there will be three quarterfinal matches starting from 15:00 and ticket prices for the day will retail at Kshs. 300. The semifinals will then take place on Saturday November 11, with the tickets going for the same Kshs. 300.

Saturday November 18 will be the final day of the tournament, with tickets for the last day retailing at Kshs. 400. One can however purchase a season ticket for Kshs. 600, which will cover them for the entire tournament.

Tickets can be bought from www.mtickets.co.ke or just by dialing *299*99#.

 

Comment

Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has asserted that his team will be going for victories and that they are sure of a splendid performance in the upcoming Hong Kong Cup of Nations, which will take place from 10th to 18th November 2017 in Hong Kong.

Speaking during the team announcement on Friday, The South African tactician thanked the Rugby Union for the support and assured them of good performances in Hong Kong.

``I want to thank the Kenya Rugby Union for all the hard work and also to the players for the commitment they have.  Last year, we were fortunate to go to Brazil and also get an invitation to the Four Nation (tournament) because we know Namibia and Zimbabwe are always going there, '' said Paarwater.

``I am confident we will go there and do the business. Our first game is against Chile. It’s going to be tough but I am confident. The next game is against Russia…we all know they are big boys…they’re our biggest challenge. We have played against Hong Kong…we know what to expect from them though it will be different playing them away, ” he added.

Simbas open their campaign against Chile on Friday November 10, before facing Russia in their second match on Tuesday November 14. They will then wind up their games with a clash against hosts Hong Kong on Saturday November 18.

Simbas squad to Hong Kong

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Wilson K’opondo (SportPesa Quins/Captain), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owillah (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos)

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nato Simiyu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leo Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)

 

Comment

Sportpesa Harlequins and Homeboyz have each named their respective squads that will take part in the quarterfinals of the Impala Floodlit tournament scheduled for  Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Impala Club. The match is expected to commence at 19:00.

Homeboyz

For Homeboyz, the squad consists of four debutants, with former Quins winger Brian Wandera being one of them and has been included in the starting lineup. Israel Soi is another debutant who is in the starting 15, with Mohammed Omollo and Kevin Ochami getting places on the bench.

Quins

Joseph Kangethe, a player/coach at Quins, will start as the loose-head prop for thesecond time since January 2016.

Ex-captain Tony Mutai, Edward Oseko, Ronald Musajja, Isaac Adimo, Kevin Kimweli and Alex Mutune are some of the other players in the starting lineup.

Sportpesa Quins squad

1. James Kangethe 2. Edward Oseko 3. Joseph Kangethe 4. Tony Mutai 5. Lewis Olaka 6. Peter Misango (c) 7. Benard Nyambok 8. Ronald Musajja 9. Kevin Kimweli 10. Alex Mutune 11. Brian Onyiego 12. Isaac Adimo (vc) 13. Max Theuri 14. Pius Shiundu 15. Eric Shikuku

Replacements

16. Brian Obwaya 17. Melvin Thairu 18. John Kiilu 19. Victor Odera 20. David Ahawo 21. Kevin Njugi 22. Edwin Okemwa 23. Brian Beckham.

Homeboyz squad

1.Thomas Okidia 2 Aaron Khalechi 3 Patrick Ouko 4 Emmanuel Mavala 5 Roy Wesonga 6 Dalmus Chituyi 7 Elisha Okello 8 Steve Otieno 9. Brian Gisemba 10 Kelvin Masai 11 Brian Wandera 12 Kevin Ochami 13 Israel Soi 14 Collins Shikoli 15 Nelson Sangura  

Replacements

16 Stanley Isogol 17 Abel Matanda 18 Elphas Etemesi 19 Polycarp Odhiambo 20 Keith Wasike 21 Mohammed Omollo 22 Haroun Lubisia 23 Cyprian Kuto

 

Comment

The fifteens season kicks off this afternoon with the pre-season Impala Floodlit tournament at the Impala Club off Ngong Road.

This tournament, played every year since 1983 acts as a build up to the Kenyan league season, teams trying out new tactics while using the opportunity to try out their latest signings or players returning from injury or work related layoffs.

The tournament this year will be played over three weekends starting with today’s cup quarterfinal action before the semifinals are played on 11th November with the lights going out on the event on 18th November.

Champions Resolution Impala Saracens have a bye in the clubs category and will not be in action today but there are still some exciting match ups to look  forward to. Last year’s losing finalists KCB, will get action in the clubs category underway with a match against debutants Resolution Kisii before  the Strathmore Leos duel a team that simply loves the Floodies, Mean Machine. The night’s last encounter pits SportPesa Quins against Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

There will also be action in the varsity category starting with Blak Blad taking on MKU Thika in the day’s first quarterfinal before the Menengai Oilers duel Mean Machine with Strathmore Catulus facing TUK. The last match in the varsity category will see the Daystar Falcons square it out with the Catholic Monks.

 

CLUBS COMPETITION:

Quarters: 4th November 2017 Venue: Impala Club

3 PM: KCB vs Resolution Kisii

5 PM: Strathmore Leosvs Mean Machine

7 PM: SportPesa Quins vs Menengai Cream Homeboyz

 

Semis: 11th November 2017

1. *Resolution Impala Saracens have received a bye & will face the winner from the Strathmore vs Mean Machine Match

2. The winner from the KCB/Resolution Kisii match will face off with the winner from the SportPesa Quins/Menengai Cream Homeboyz match

 

UNIVERSITY COMPETITION:

Quarters: 4th November 2017

11 AM: BlakBlad RC vs MKU Thika

1 PM: Menengai Oilers vs Mean Machine RFC – Venue: Impala Club

1 PM: Strathmore vs TUK – Venue: RFUEA

3 PM: Daystar vs CUEA Monks – Venue: RFUEA

Comment

Kenya Lionesses utility back Janet Okelo is the sports personality for the month of September.

Okello, who plays her club rugby at Northern Suburbs becomes the third recipient of the monthly award which is a partnership between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and pay television channel StarTimes to reward all deserving sports personalities on a monthly basis in a bid to bolster the general performance of sport in the country as well as whipping up the enthusiasm of Kenya’s sports men and women in the country.

Okello was a star performer during the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens in Tunisia in September where the Kenya Lionesses qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the first time as one of top two ranked African Commonwealth nations.

She was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens and also emerged the second highest try scorer behind team-mate Sinaida Aura.

The Kenyan international was instrumental in Kenya Lionesses qualification despite losing 17-12 to South Africa in the final of the tournament. Lionesses finished second.

The 25-year-old faced competition from team mate Sinaida Aura who was the top try scorer at the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens, Joyceline Jepkosgei who broke the world 10km record at the Birell Prague Grand Prix posting 29:43 for victory. That was Joyceline’s fifth world record of the year having broken -10km, 15km, 20km and the half marathon– en route to her victory at the Prague Half Marathon. Berlin Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge was on the list too.

“I am truly honored to win this award, my first ever award on home soil. I am surprised to be the winner as I did not ever expect to be awarded. This is a good motivator as we prepare for the Commonwealth games, thank you StarTimes for standing with sportsmen and women in Kenya. I dedicate this award to the entire Kenya Lionesses team and technical, we are one unit, I succeed because we are a team,” said 25-year-old Janet who is one of fastest rugby players on the continent.

Okello’s other achievements include being the top try scorer during the 2015 and 2016 Women’s KRU 10 League. During the 2016 season she had 41 tries. Janet was also the first player to score a try in the World Rugby sevens for Kenya Lionesses Rugby team.

“Congratulations Janet Okello having been picked as Kenya’s best sports personality for the Month of September. She has been outstanding in her exploits and for sure she deserves this special recognition. As a brand, StarTimes will endeavor to encourage our sports men and women through these monthly awards as a way of recognizing their dedicated efforts on the field,” noted StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Japhet Akhulia.

Okello walked away with a trophy, 42-inch StarTimes digital television set and 100,000 shillings. Janet is the third recipient of the monthly award after Simon Cherono and Hellen Obiri.

Comment

Twenty six players have been named by head coach Head coach Jerome Paarwater as part of the contingent that will fly to Hong Kong  to take part in this year's Hong Kong Cup of Nations scheduled for between Friday 10th November and Saturday 18th  November.

Simbas open their campaign against Chile on Friday November 10, before facing Russia in their second match on Tuesday November 14. They will then wind up their games with a clash against hosts Hong Kong on Saturday November 18.

The team has a handful of regulars such as KCB'S trio of Darwin Mukidza, Oscar Simiyu and Oliver Mangéni.

Having been out of the national team for over a year, fly half Nato Simiyu makes his way back into the squad alongside Biko Adema who has made full recovery since limping out during Simbas 19-19 draw against Hong Kong in a friendly match played at the RFUEA Grounds back in August this year.

 

 Simbas squad to Hong Kong

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Wilson K’opondo (SportPesa Quins/Captain), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owillah (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos)

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nato Simiyu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leo Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)

 

Simbas fixtures

V Chile – Friday 10 November, 12.00pm EAT

V Russia – Tuesday 14 November, 12.00pm EAT

V Hong Kong – Saturday 18 November, 12.00pm EAT

Comment

Head coach Innocent Simiyu has named a 16 man Kenya Morans travelling party  that heads to Southern Africa for the Assupol International Sevens in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 28/29 October and the Safland Sevens on 11/12 November in Swakompund,Namibia. The team leaves Nairobi on Friday morning.

The squad, which is a mix of old and new players selected from the just ended National Sevens Circuit will also hold a 10 day training camp in between the two events.

These two tournaments will form part of Kenya’s preparations for its upcoming assignments before a final squad selection from the 43 players after the National Sevens Circuit is made ahead of the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai.

The Morans are in Pool A for the Assupol Sevens with South Africa, Scotland and England Academy.

Morans

1. Arthur Owira (KCB), 2. Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz), 3. Harold Anduvate (Oilers), 4. Herman Humwa (Quins), 5. Frank Wanyama (Quins), 6. Derrick Mayar (Impala), 7. Charles Omondi (Homeboyz), 8. Samuel Oliech (Impala),9. Eden Agero (Quins), 10. Sam Muiregi (Oilers), 11. Brian Tanga (Kabras), 12. Collins Injera (Mwamba), 13. Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), 14. Dennis Ombachi (Nondies), 15.Dan Sikuta (Kabras), 16. Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru)

Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Geoffrey Kimani (Conditioning Coach), Will Webster ( Assistant Coach), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Erick Ogweno ( Team Manager)

 

Comment

The 2017 national sevens circuit came to a close on Sunday October 22, 2017 with the Dala Sevens being the last tournament where Homeboyz RFC retained the trophy with a 12-10 win over KCB.

After lifting the Christie and Sepetuka 7s titles capped off by a 19-7 third place playoff win over Blak Blad saw, Kabras won their maiden National Sevens Circuit overall title with 102 points. Trailing them closely at second place were Homeboyz who managed 100 points.

Impala came in third with 93 points while KCB, Nakuru RFC and Menengai Oilers finished fourth (86), fifth (73) and sixth (68) respectively. The biggest losers in this year's edition were SportPesa Quins, who experienced a massive drop in rankings from second (in 2016) to a low seventh place with only 57 points.

Final Standings after six rounds

1.Kabras 102

2.Homeboyz 100

3.Impala 93 

4.KCB 86 

5.Nakuru 73

6.Oilers 68 

7.Quins 57 

8.Strathmore 50 

9.Mwamba 43 

10.Blak Blad 41

11.Western Bulls 39 

12.Nondies 32

13.Machine 31 

14.Catholic 17 

15.Makueni 13

16.Daystar 11 

17.Kisii RFC 10 

18.Webuye 10 

19.UoE 5 

20.Kisumu 3

21.MKU Stingerz 2

22.Mombasa 2 

23.MMUST 1 

24.Egerton 1 

25.KCA 1

 

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Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has revealed that they plan to use Ausopul 7s and Safland 7s as training for the upcoming Dubai Sevens which is due in December.

Speaking after the draw where Kenya was placed in Pool A alongside South Africa, Canada and Uganda, the coach said that he believes that they can top the Pool and mentioned that they will be using the two tournaments to prepare adequately.

``Our preparations are going on well and the boys are also playing in the local circuit, where we will be selecting the team for the year 2017-18. We are planning to use Ausopul 7s in South Africa and Safland 7s in Namibia as build ups to Dubai,” he said.

The Safland sevens takes place in Namibia on the weekend of 10th and 11th November 2017 in Swakopmund while the Ausopul sevens will be in South Africa.

 

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After fine displays over the weekend which saw them retain the Christie Sevens crown, Kabras Sugar claimed the majority share as the team of the tournament was announced.

The Sugarmen asserted three out of the sevens available slots in the team of the tournament, with lock Dan Sikuta, Osino and Philip Wakorach make their way in.

Wakorach was also named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while KCB youngster Mike Kimwele walked away with the most promising Player accolade. Dennis Ombachi was the tournament's top scorer.

Christie Sevens team of the tournament

Sikuta (Kabras)

Sidindi (Impala)

Owila (KCB)

Osino (Kabras)

Kwenoi (Impala))

Wakorach (Kabras)

Ombachi (Nondies)

 

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After retaining the Christies Sevens title on Sunday October 15 at the RFUEA Grounds, Kabras Sugar have opened a five point gap at the top of the National sevens series table standings.

The Sugarmen overcame Resolution Impala Saracens 19-7 in the finals of the Christies to bag their second straight title following victory at the Sepetuka Sevens, against the same opponents.

Kabras now have 85 points, five more than Impala who are second with 80 points. Defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz slipped to third with 78 points after falling at the cup quarterfinal stage at the Christies.

The grand finale of the National Sevens Circuit is The Dala Sevens which will take place in Kisumu City on 21st and 22nd of October 2017.

Standings after Round 5

Kabras 88

Impala 80

Homeboyz 78

Nakuru 73

Oilers 68

KCB 67

Quins 57

Strathmore 50

Mwamba 43

Nondies 32

Machine 31

Bulls 27

Blad 26

MKU Thika 9

Kisii 9

Catholic 9

Daystar 4

Makueni 3

Mombasa 2

KCA 1

 

 

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Sugar successfully retained the Christie Sevens with a 19-7 win over Resolution Impala Saracens. Leo Seje’s converted try put Impala 7-0 up but Philip Wokorach stepped his way to the tryline, Tanga missing the conversion with Impala leading 7-5 at the break.

Kabras came into the second half guns blazing, Dan Sikuta going over after sustained pressure with Wokorach converting for a 12-7 score before Malik Habil reacted quickest to the loose ball, touching down with Wokorach converting for the result, their second successive cup win on the National Sevens Circuit.

Nakuru beat Quins to finish third

12-5 win over Quins saw Nakuru finish third. Nelson Oyoo’s converted try was the difference between the two sides at the interval.Joseph Aredo responded with a try that saw Quins trail by two points before Don Aluoch won it for Nakuru

Mwamba finish fifth

Mwamba finished fifth with a 21-10 win over KCB.After a tentative start, it was KCB who went ahead through Essau Otieno’s try but Mwamba went ahead through Ronnie Omondi’s converted try.

Humphrey Kayange’s converted effort under the posts saw Mwamba 14-5 up before Shaban Ahmed scored against his former club to make it 14-10 before Ronnie Omondi landed a converted try to secure the result.

Nondies beat Western Bulls 36-14 to lift the Challenge Trophy while MKU Thika won the 13th place playoff after beating Resolution Kisii 21-12.

 

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Shortly after learning the pairing of the Dubai Sevens, Shujaas Head Coach Innocent Simiyu is relishing the factor of facing two local opponents and is confident that they can top the group.

Kenya has been paired in Pool A alongside continental rivals South Africa and Uganda, with Canada completing the group.

``We have a exiting pool with two local derbies to sort out bragging rights. We will  have our mini ‘King of Africa 7s’ competition in the pool. I know we have enough firepower to top the pool,'' Simiyu was quoted by kru.co.ke.

``Uganda are the recently crowned African 7s champions and some of their key players are currently playing in our local sevens circuit. South Africa are the reigning World Sevens Series champions and we have come close to beating them last year on numerous occasions, losing by a conversion or a late try. Canada had a good season last year and play a well structured game. We have beat them a few times last year and we can't leave anything to chance,” he added.

The Dubai sevens, which is the season opener for the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series, will take place  on 1st and 2nd December at the Sevens Stadium.

 

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Kenya will have to face competition from continental rivals South Africa and Uganda after being paired alongside them in Pool A for the Dubai Sevens.

The Dubai sevens, which is the season opener for the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series, will take place  on 1st and 2nd December. Canada are the fourth team in Pool A.

Pool B has England, Scotland, France and the newly promoted Spain in an all-European affair while Fiji, Australia, Wales and Russia make up Pool C.

Men's Dubai Sevens

Pool A

South Africa, Canada, Kenya, Invitational side (Uganda)

Pool B

England, Scotland, France , Spain

Pool C

Fiji, Australia, Wales , Russia

Pool D

New Zealand, USA, Argentina, Samoa

 

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Ticketing information for the Christie Sevens that will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday  15th October at the RFUEA Grounds has been released.

Advance tickets for the tournament are retailing for Kshs. 300 while one will have to pay Kshs. 400 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.Quins.co.ke.

Below are the Christie Sevens Pools

Pool A: Kabras Sugar, SportPesa Quins, Strathmore Leos, Mombasa

Pool B: Resolution Impala Saracens, Top Fry Nakuru, Mean Machine, Resolution Kisii

Pool C: Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Western Bulls, Mwamba, Nondies

Pool D: Menengai Oilers, KCB, Blak Blad, Daystar

 

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Nondies reached the cup quarters at the expense of the Impala Saracens,top seeds heading into this tournament. The white shirts won this do or die clash 17-10,joining hosts Top Fry Nakuru in the business end of the tournament.

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A provisional Simbas squad has embarked on training ahead of November’s Cup of Nations in Hong Kong.  The Simbas, who finished second overall in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup, will face hosts Hong Kong, Russia and Chile in the tournament which runs from 10th to 18th November.

Provisional Simbas training squad: Moses Amusala, Curtis Lilako, Peter Karia (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins),Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge,Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu ( Resolution Impala Saracens), Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji, David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Levi Amunga (Blak Blad), Henry Ayah (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Jacob ojee (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Frank Khalwale (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba, Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Stephen Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Michael Wanjala (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens)

Meanwhile, a provisional 12 man Shujaa squad has also in been in non-residential training in Nairobi under Head Coach Innocent Simiyu ahead of the upcoming pre-season assignments in South Africa (Assupol Sevens) and Safari Sevens as well as a host international assignments which include the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series,the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The twelve players in training are Andrew Amonde (KCB), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama ( SportPesa Quins), Derrick Mayar, Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Bush Mwale ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz) and Collins Injera ( Mwamba).

A full squad selection will be done at the close of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit.

 

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The Kenya Rugby Referee Society has announced the panel of match officials for the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, taking place at the Nakuru Athletic Club on 23rd/24th September.The elite panel, which will officiate the top tier competition in Nakuru comprises ten match officials namely Victor Oduor, Emmanuel Marete, Linus Kinuthia, Peter Leo,Beryl Akinyi, Nobert Bonyi, Constant Cap, Moses Ndung’u, David Ng’etich and Brian Kipkoech.

Division Two Match Officials: Douglas Ngetich, Noreen Liyosi,Abel Lagat,Innocent Kimathi,Jones Njulu,Vincent Muiruri,Bonfotra Alumasa,Kelvin Ndirangu,Mercy Dudi,Lawrence Ishuga,Ronnald Rop,Jack Adembesa

Technical Zone Officials: Peter Waweru,Cassandrah Marsh, Olivia Igwada,Ali Shire Mohammed,Nelly Nereah,Beatrice Mong’ina

Match Official Coaches DV1: Godwin Karuga,Damas Ogwe,Amos Wamanga DV2 Robert Dol,Simon Kiarie,Sammy Kariuki

Referee Manager: Lameck Ongati

 

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High School student Lawrence Ishuga embarks on a groundbreaking journey when the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, kicks off at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday 23 September 2017.

The 16-year old form three student at Nakuru Day Secondary School  has been listed in the panel of  division two match officials for the two day tournament. He got involved with rugby six years ago as a player at the New Life School and was part of the TourAid U13 team that visited the United Kingdom a few years back.

His appointment is an almost unheard of feat given the fact that many of his peers would probably be jostling for positions on their representative school teams,watching the game from the sidelines or just engaged in routine teenage activity.

Ishuga comes highly rated, as illustrated by long serving match official and Nakuru rugby aficionado, Lameck Ongati, who says, “ Ishuga has come through the ranks, following through from the I also play referee  element of the Get Into Rugby program. He has embraced match officiating fully and continues to impress. He has attended officiating courses in Nakuru and Nairobi and possesses the temerity of referees way older than him. He will also start officiating schools fixtures in Nakuru, as well as conduct sessions with clubs within Nakuru. His future is bright.”

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union and Samurai have extended their kit deal for another three years, from 2017 to 2020.

Kenya Rugby Union CEO, Ronald Bukusi said “We are pleased to extend this important relationship with Samurai who are not just a sponsor but a real partner of the Kenya Rugby Union.”

 “Samurai are delighted that Kenya Rugby Union have decided to extend their contract with us and can’t wait to bring new and exciting designs to this well-respected union,”commented Samurai’s Executive Director Terry Sands.

The Multisport Teamwear brand's first partnership with the Kenya 7's team was signed back in November 2012.

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The Lionesses were seeded first at the close of the first day of the Africa Women’s Sevens in Monastir, Tunisia and will play Morocco in the first cup quarterfinal when day two action resumes on Sunday.

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Kenya women’s sevens head coach Kevin Wambua says his team will give it all they have got in the forthcoming Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship as they look to replace South Africa as the region’s representative on the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens stage.

A dominant South Africa have competed at the two Women’s RWC Sevens tournaments held to date, at the inaugural event in 2009 and again in 2013, and will start as favorites to complete a hat-trick of appearances by qualifying as African champions.

While only the winner of the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship will progress to San Francisco next year, the top-two Commonwealth countries will qualify for the rugby sevens tournament at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Lionesses report a clean bill of health going into the two-day tournament and Mwema is confident that they will put their “best foot forward” in the Tunisian city of Monastir.

“Preparations have been good. We’ve been training for the past 11 weeks, and the team has responded well to their KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and set targets and goals especially on skill development and strength and conditioning. We also had training camps to polish our patterns of play and technical approach. The girls are ready to take on the rest of Africa,” he said.

“Getting to the World Cup is very important to us, it’s the biggest sevens tournament there is and you get to rub shoulders and play with some of the best teams in the world”

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At this stage, Wambua is reluctant to look beyond Pool B games against Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar at the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens

“Our focus is to top our pool first. We can’t talk about South Africa if we don’t win against Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Senegal. That said, scores against Kenya and South Africa have been pretty close of late, especially the 2016 Africa Cup where we lost by five points,” he said.

“There is a good positive vibe in camp and we have worked hard to polish up on our technical approach and the conditioning aspect of our game. The girls are definitely up for the challenge this time round. We are going to put our best foot forward and go for the win.''

“Getting to the World Cup is very important to us, it’s the biggest sevens tournament there is and you get to rub shoulders and play with some of the best teams in the world,” he added.

“Qualification will help build capacity in terms of awareness and encouraging more younger players to take up the sport. Besides, which rugby player doesn’t want to play in the World Cup?”

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union has restructured and rescheduled the National Sevens Circuit to accommodate the remaining rounds before the repeat presidential election set for Tuesday 17 October 2017. Consequently, the remaining rounds will be played on the following dates.

Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru, 23/24 September

Round 4: Sepetuka Sevens, Eldoret 30 September/1 October

Round 5: Dala Sevens, Kisumu, 7/8 October

Round 6: Christie Sevens, Nairobi, 14/15 October

The Dala Sevens, originally set for 21/22 October will now be played on 6/7 October in Kisumu while the Sepetuka Sevens will now be played on 30 September/1 October at the Eldoret Sports Club in Eldoret as the original venue in Ngong was not ready at the time of the last inspection.

With four tournaments in four weeks, and the importance given to player welfare, the Kenya Rugby Union has considered an amendment to Regulation 8 (a) of the Sevens Circuit manual which allows teams to submit squads of sixteen players per tournament,and four officials, one of whom must be a doctor/physiotherapist or nurse.

Additionally,team managers will be required to submit a team of twelve players for every match from the larger pool of sixteen submitted to the tournament. This list of twelve can be changed for other matches in the tournament.

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Head Coach Kevin Wambua has named a final 12-member squad that will travel to Tunisia  for this weekend’s Women’s Africa Cup Sevens which doubles up as the African qualifying round for next’s year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA.

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Kabeberi Sevens champions Resolution Impala Saracens head into the third round of the National Sevens Circuit seeded first and headlining Pool A at the Prinsloo Sevens set for 23/24 September at the Nakuru Athletic Club. 

They will face it out with Nondescripts, hosts Top Fry Nakuru and Blak Blad for a berth in the cup quarterfinals. Current circuit leaders Menengai Oilers, beaten finalists at Kabeberi are in Pool B with SportPesa Quins, Mwamba and Western Bulls.

Pool C comprises Strathmore Leos, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Mean Machine and Mombasa. Kabras, KCB,Catholic Monks and MKU Thika, division two winners at the Kabeberi Sevens round off Pool D.

Prinsloo Sevens Division 1

Pool A: Resolution Impala Saracens, Nondescripts, Top Fry Nakuru, Blak Blad

Pool B: Menengai Oilers, SportPesa Quins, Mwamba, Western Bulls

Pool C: Strathmore Leos, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Mean Machine, Mombasa

Pool D: Kabras Sugar, KCB, Catholic Monks, MKU Thika

*The division two will be released in due course.

 

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After exiting the Driftwood Sevens at the quarter final stage, all eyes were on Impala Saracens heading into the Kabeberi Sevens, with fans waiting to see if they would retain the trophy they won in 2016. They managed to retain it, but not after an illustrious two-day fight.

Impala started the tournament on a high, speeding past Catholic Monks in a 26-0 win but were stunned 21-7 by Blak Blad. In the loss, it was the Sarries who opened the scoring through Ian Minjire’s converted try before Blak Blad drew level with a converted try before Franz Obudo and Steve Biko landed converted tries to seal the upset result.

The Sarries however redeemed themselves in their final pool game match, overcoming the Oilers 15-12 to book a cup quarterfinal berth.

Quarters

Impala were paired with KCB in the quarterfinals but that did not stop them from storming into the finals. Ian Minjire and Anthony Nyandigisi were all on target to help their side to a convincing 17-0 victory over the Bankers.

Semis

The gazelles then  stunned pre-tournament favorites Kabras Sugar 24-15 in the semifinals on Sunday September 10 to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive. The only barrier that stood between them and the Kabeberi Sevens title was Menengai Oilers.

Finals

Impala Saracens eventually successfully retained with a 22-5 win over plucky Menengai Oilers in the cup final at the RFUEA Grounds.

Impala got off to a flying start, Mark Kwemoi’s initial break allowing Sammy Motari to receive the ball on the offload from Paul Mutsami to score at the corner.

Kwemoi landed Impala’s second, this try the result of a flowing counter attack after the Oilers lost possession deep in their opponent’s territory. The ensuing conversion seeing Oscar Osir’s charges up 12- 0. Mutsami, a handful all afternoon got his five pointer on the stroke of half time, Impala taking a 17-0 lead into the breather.

With the Sarries on the ropes, Ian Minjire intercepted and raced all of 75 meters to add Impala’s fourth try of the match, the Sarries with a commanding 22-0 lead over the Oilers.

Gibson Weru’s Oilers finally made possession count, slicing through the Impala defense to score at the death, a score that wasn’t enough as Impala mounted a successful title defense.

Congratulations Impala Saracens!!!

Pool Stage

Impala 26-0 Catholic Monks

Impala 7-21 Blak Blad

Impala 15-12Oilers

Quarters

Impala 17-0 KCB

Semis

Impala 24-15 Kabras Sugar

Finals

Impala  22-5 Oilers

 

 

 

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In their first match of the Kabeberi Sevens, Homeboyz RFC made their intentions well known with a 22-14 win over hosts Mwamba RFC On Saturday September 9 at the RFUEA Grounds.

Cyprian Kuto opened the scoring for the Deejays, scoring two quick tries which were converted unsuccessfully. Mwamba reduced the deficit towards halftime through Alex Aturo and the scores changed to 10-7.

Shortly after the restart, Jeffrey Oluoch registered a try to stretch Homeboyz lead to 15-7. The utility forward then completed his brace with another wonderful touchdown and Michael Wanjala repaid his hard work with a conversion to make the scores 22-7.

Horace Otieno raced to the try line in the dying minutes but his efforts were not enough to save Mwamba, with the match ending 22-14 in favor of Driftwood Sevens champions Homeboyz RFC.

 

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