Monday 10 September 2012

Kenya Harlequins retain Kabeberi sevens trophy

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi
Lunch Bar Kenya Harlequins retained the Kabeberi Sevens  Trophy by
beating Christie Sevens champions  Kenya Commercial
Bank (KCB) 22-14 at the Rugby Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds.
   This was the second win for Quins in the penultimate leg of the Kenya
Rugby Union (KRU) National Sevens Circuit, hosted by Mwamba RFC  to
consolidate their lead in the standings.
Fresh from winning the Menengai Oil Prinsloo cup, the bankers trailed
Quins 10-7 at the breather.
    Harlequins scored through tries made by Wilson Kopondo,  Lyle Asiligwa
and national 15s captain Victor Sudi as Mark Theuri and Asiligwa
    KCB replied through Peter Kilonzo, Edwin Salamba's tries with Collins
Kimani converting.
Strathmore Leos blanked Kenya University's BlakBlad 19-7 for the plate
as Nondies edged out Mwamba to win the Bowl as Stormers settled for
the Shield with a 35-0 rout of Kimathi University.
The biggest shock of the tournament came when Blak Blad stopped hosts Mwamba
RFC 10-5, to have the hosts eliminated from the main cup.
Mwamba, the defending National Sevens Circuit champions dropped to the
bowl owing to a poor aggregate score.
This was the first time in the first three circuits that Mwamba had
not claimed the title are yet to win any
event this season.
The defeat came as no surprise for Mwamba, with the absence of their
key eight players being felt deep for the second time after they
missed the Menengai Oil Prinsloo Sevens where they also lost to Blak
Blad 12-14 in the Plate semi-final.
“It happens especially when your top creme is missing. I had to scrap
at the bottom and plough out waters boys to play. said Mwamba coach
Tito Oduk.
In the group stage, playing out of Pool A, KCB, who relinquished their
Christie Sevens title three weeks ago registered the day’s highest
score, defeating Mount Kenya University 61-0, following this up with a
47-5 win over Comras before dispatching  Western Bulls 36-0.
Quins thrashed Multi-Media 43-0 and Nondescripts 26-7 before
dismantling Impala 12-0 in the final Pool E match.
The George Mwangi Kabeberi Sevens tournament was a tournament in
memory of the former Mwamba RFC player who had passed away four years,
the hosts ended up on the top podium.

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