Deejays, Bankers sail to quarters: KCB registered two convincing wins in Pool B

By Rodgers Eshitemi: Sunday, September 10th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Rugby
home boys wins driftwood sevens rugby tournament Keith Wasike of Home Boys RFC out sprints Nakuru Top Fry RFC in the main cup final match during the 2017 Driftwood Sevens Rugby tournament at the MOmbasa Sports Club, September 03, 2017. Home Boys won this year's title. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

Homeboyz are enjoying a fine form after clinching Driftwood Sevens

National Sevens Circuit champions Homeboyz, Kenya Commercial Bank and Kabras Sugar yesterday booked their places in today’s Kabeberi Sevens quarter-finals with two group matches victories at RFUEA Grounds.

The Deejays, who recently clinched the Driftwood Sevens, continued from where they left off in Mombasa by beating hosts Mwamba 22-14 before mauling guest team Daystar Falcons 22-0 in Pool A.

Cyprian Kuto and Jeff Oluoch scored a brace of tries each to propel Homeboyz past Mwamba, who have been relegated to the Challenge Trophy for the second weekend in a row after losing their second match against Nondescripts (19-17).

Kabras defeated Strathmore 28-7 in their first Pool D match before humiliating Makueni RFC 24-0. Menengai Oilers were also in a pole position to sail through after registering wins over Blak Blad (36-7) and Catholic Monks (47-7).

Having disappointingly missed out on last weekend’s Main Cup quarter-finals, a rejuvenated KCB made a big statement by registering two convincing wins over their Pool B opponents 2015 series champions Nakuru (29-5) and Kenya Harlequin (29-0).

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Ahmed Shaban scored a converted try to put KCB ahead before they were awarded a penalty try following a Quins’ infringement.

Kenyan international Jacob Ojee would race past his marker to make the scores 19-0 before Martin Owilla and Arthur Owira grounded a try each to secure a quarter-final slot for KCB with a game to spare.

Hosts Mwamba were the biggest day one casualties as they were relegated to the Challenge Trophy for the second weekend in a row.

Mwamba suffered a 22-14 defeat to Driftwood champions Homeboyz before losing 19-17 to Nondescripts in a thrilling encounter.

Steve Sikuta scored a converted try for Mwamba, but Ugandan import James Odong’ capitalised on Nondies’ numerical advantage to draw level on the stroke of half-time after Horace Otieno was sin-binned.

Mwamba regained the lead through Ronnie Omondi’s try, but Odong made a magnificent run with Marvin Sumba’s try under the posts, handing Nondies a 14-12 lead. Danield Taabu would score a third try for Mwamba, only for Odong’ to cut his celebrations short with a match winning try.

Just like the opening leg, this weekend’s round has was characterised by upsets. Kisii stunned Nakuru 14-12 as Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad shocked holders Impala 21-7 in a Pool C encounter.

The Sarries went ahead through Ian Minjire’s converted try.