Rugby: After tasting Dala Sevens victory, Kulabu aim for Christie title

By Clement Wekulo: Wednesday, September 12th 2018 at 00:02 GMT +3 | Rugby
Joel Inzuga of Mwamba RFC running with the ball before scoring a try against Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC during the finals of Top Fry Prinsloo Sevens at Nakuru Athletics Club on July 22,2018.Homboyz won 22- 19.Photo:Kipsang Joseph/Standard

Mwamba ready to move in for the kill in final leg

Coach Wambua attributes Dala Sevens win to mental strength.

Mwamba rugby head coach Kevin Wambua said mental strength played a pivotal role in their Main Cup victory at last weekend's Dala Sevens in Kisumu.

The 17-0 triumph over log leaders Homeboyz in the final at the Mamboleo Showground was Mwamba's first win this season after losses at the Prinsloo, Sepetuka and Driftwood finals.

Speaking to Standard Sports, Wambua, who is also the Kenya Lionesses and Laiser Hill Academy coach, said their win was as a result of a solid defence and team belief.

"It was more of a mental thing because we knew we had the talent. Before Saturday's win, we had reached three finals, but lost. That proved we are a good team," Wambua said.

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"We also worked on our defence and that is why we conceded less in the entire tournament, and even Homeboyz barely had a sniff of our try line in the final. We had the belief that we could win and went out there and delivered."

The tactician was also full of praise for the team captain Eliakim Kichoi, saying he is an inspirational figure who leads from the front.

Kichoi's brilliant display in Kisumu earned him the Most Valuable Player accolade but was conspicuously missing from the team of the tournament released by the Kenya Rugby Union.

"He showcased his talent and led from the front just as a leader is supposed to. He has a bright future ahead and will go places," Wambua added.

Ahead of this weekend's season-ending leg, Christie Sevens in Nairobi, Mwamba are second on the standings with 92 points, eight adrift Homeboyz.

A Main Cup win at Christie could see them bag the overall title, but if Homeboyz fail to garner a minimum of 15 points at the final round.

Wambua, however, said their main focus is to win the Christie title.

"We don't want to be under pressure. We want to build on our performance at the Dala Sevens and hope to play much better. We intend to be sharper in attack and ruthless in defence," said the tactician.

"We want to do our part, which is getting maximum points at Christie. Our goal right now is to go all the way and win the tournament."

The side welcomes Michael Agevi from an injury layoff.

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