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Rugby: Strathmore Leos dethrone oilers to win 2022 Embu Sevens

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | May 9th 2022 | 1 min read
Strathmore Leos players celebrates victory against Homeboyz RFC opponents during their Kenya Cup match at RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi on January 29, 2022. Strathmore Leos won 30-24. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Strathmore Leos are the 2022 Embu Sevens champions.

The university side were crowned champions after defeating defending champions Menengai Oilers 19-12 in the final staged at Njukiri Showgrounds.

Embu Sevens returned after two years of absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Menengai Oilers defeated Nakuru 14-12 to win the title.

In the final, Brunson Madigu gave Leos a 7-0 lead before Steve Arunga replied with an unconverted try that reduced the scores to 7-5.

Strathmore stretched their lead with a try by Philemon Olang but the conversion went wide as the university students took a 12-5 lead at the break.

On return from the break, Amos Onyinkwa landed a try for Menengai Oilers to tie the scores at 12-12 after conversion by Davis Nyaundi.

Glory would however belong to Leos after Barnabas Owuor scored the winner which was converted for a 19-12 win.

Oilers eliminated MMUST 20-12 win in the semifinals to reach the finals while Strathmore Leos saw off Nakuru RFC.

 The tournament is being used by clubs as a warm-up for the National Sevens Circuit which is set to kick off later this month with Kabeberi 7s at RFUEA Grounds.

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