Semi-final showdown at Watamu as Kabeberi series kicks off 2014 Safaricom Sevens circuit at Railway Club today


Masaku take on Gede while Mombasa Technical University (MTU) lock horns with Malindi in Watamu Beach rugby tournament semis this morning at the Garoda Beach Resort in Kilifi County.

In yesterday’s encounters, Masaku whitewashed Watamu 35-0 with Geoffrey Mbaluka and Samuel Muregi scoring two tries each with Dominic Bosire, Hssan Sora and Dennis Oyombe touching down once.

Masaku hit Sultan 30-5 where Oyombe Muregi and Kevin Macharia scored two tries each while Etami Lari scored the consolation try for Sultan.

In the third match of group “B”, Masaku came from behind to hold MTU 15-15. Wellad Mugani, Kevin Ochieng' and Enock Bogongo scored a try for the university lads while Kevin Macharia touched down twice before Muregi added the third try.

In other matches, the university students humiliated Watamu 25-0 and went ahead to defeat Sultan 25-15. Omar Mohammed scored a hat-trick for Sultan while Enock Bogongo scored a brace with Joshua Adera, Wellad Mugani and Kevin Omondi touching down once.

Dede beat Sharks 10-5 and stopped Shaxx of Taita Taveta 15-5. However they lost their third match 5-10 to Malindi. Malindi drew 10-10 with Shaxx. The Taita boys hit Sharks 25-15 in their last match.

In the semis of bowl, Shaxx take on Watamu while Sultan clash with Sharks.

Notably, a combined team of journalists covering the 5-side tournament, take on a combined team of Airtel staff in a curtain raiser of final match of the Main Cup. Standard Group Limited and Airtel are among the major sponsors.

Meanwhile, The National Safaricom Sevens circuit will kick off today at the Railway club with the Kabeberi Sevens.

The Kenyan circuit is considered to be the most competitive sevens circuit and is renowned for churning out some of the biggest names such as Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange, Willy Ambaka and Innocent Simiyu. Overall defending champions of the circuit KCB have expressed confidence they will once again star at the end of the five legs.

Speaking to our sister publication ‘Game Yetu’, new interim sevens Coach Dennis Mwanja said, “We are looking forwards to the games and we trust that we will retain the title.”

KCB could be considered the most consistent team last season, where they won circuit and reached the finals of both the Enterprise Cup and the Kenya Cup.

This achievement, however, was under the stewardship of former coach Curtis Olago and it is yet to be seen if his parting with the club will have an impact on their performance.

The circuit goes round the country starting in Nairobi with the Kabeberi sevens, then Dala Sevens, Driftwood, Prinsloo and back to Nairobi for the Christie Sevens.