Strathmore Leos crowned Christie Sevens champions

Champions Strathmore Leos celebrate during the 55th Edition of Christie 7s at RFUEA Grounds on May 28, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Strathmore Leos were on Sunday crowned the 2022 Christie Sevens champions after they defeated defending champions KCB 15-10 at the RFEUA Grounds in Nairobi.

Leos ended the banker’s 11-match winning streak in the 2022 circuit series by winning the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit.

KCB had won the Kabeberi Sevens unbeaten and had reached the Christie Sevens final having won all their group and knock out matches.

In what was a repeat of the Kabeberi finals which Strathmore lost 12-10, the university students started strongly after Philemon Olang went over for Leos first try of the match minutes after kick off for a 5-0 lead with the conversion going wide.

Moments later Barnabas Owuor landed the second try to stretch the lead to 10-0 with the conversion sailing wide again.

KCB would respond through winger Geoffrey Okwach whose unconverted corner post try halved the scores to 10-5.

Strathmore would however head into the break with a comfortable 10-point lead after Mathew Mogaya’s try extended Leos’ lead to 15-5 at half time.

In the final half, Kenya Sevens international Levy Amunga brought KCB to within the grasps of the university side with an unconverted try that narrowed the scores to 15-10 but Leos would hold on to win the 55th edition of Christie Sevens.

Strathmore won the tournament unbeaten after winning all their six matches in the two-day event.

Strathmore went on a scoring spree with huge wins in Group B against Blak Blad (34-0), Impala (36-0) and Daystar Falcons (24-5) to reach the quarterfinals.

Leso proceeded to knock out Kenya Harlequin 17-10 in the quarters before seeing off Western Bulls 29-7 in the semis to reach the finals.

Menengai Oilers who lost to KCB in the semis finished third overall after winning the bronze match 12-7 against Western Bulls.

Mwamba finished fifth with a 26-5 victory over Kenya Harlequin as Homeboyz won the Challenge Cup trophy after a 26-14 victory over Daystar falcons.

 

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