KCB crowned Kabeberi Sevens winners

KCB Rugby exhibited great composure to beat Strathmore Leos 12-10 and lift this year’s Kabeberi Sevens title at the RFUEA ground on Sunday.

It was a tale of two halves as Levy Amunga converted Bob Muhati and Jacob Ojee’s tries for KCB to lead 12-0 at the break.

The Leos would turn on style in the battle of the Lions with Branson Madigu and Philemon Olang tricking back with a try each.

Perhaps what cost the Leos were the missed conversions.

“Composure and good management are what worked for us as we weathered the Leos comeback,” said KCB coach Dennis “Ironman” Mwanja.

Strathmore Leos coach Louis Kisia was graceful in defeat, saying his charges allowed KCB to have possession for long in the first half.

Strathmore Leos Half flyier Stephen Osumba reacts after being beaten by KCB in Kababeri sevens at RFUEA grounds on May 22,2022.PHOTO|SILA KIPLAGAT

“The defence got tired and that is what bogged us down, but kudos to my players who outdid themselves to reach the final,” said Kisia, adding that the failed conversions also cost them the duel.

“Sevens Series is a marathon and I won’t let that take it away from the boys, who performed well.”

Menengai Oilers crushed Homeboyz 26-5 to finish third in the opening leg of the 2022 National Sevens Series.

The bankers edged out a battling Menengai Oilers 17-12 to set up the Leos, who beat Homeboyz 15-10 in the other semi.

Jacob Ojee and Elphas Andunga touched down a try each as Levy Amunga made one conversion to put KCB 12-0 up.

Then Tyson Maina brought Oilers back to the game with a try as they trailed 12-5 at the break.

Michael Wanjala broke Oilers’ defence to land a try to stretch KCB’s lead to 17-5. Dennis Abukuse would convert his own try, but it was too little too late for the Oilers to overturn the deficit.

The second semi was a game of two halves when Festus Safari and Madigu put Strathmore 10-0 up at the break before Brian Mutugi and John Kibii struck to level for Homeboyz 10-10.

Nakuru women team celebrate winning Kababeri sevens at RFUEA grounds on May 22,2022.PHOTO|SILA KIPLAGAT

The Leos would roar in the dying minutes with a good flow before George Ooro rounded up the Deejays defence to land as the full time whistle blew.

Mwamba beat Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology 24-5 to finish fifth, while Nondies won the 13th place final after beating Impala Saracens 14-12.

Meanwhile, Nakuru stunned Mwamba 17-15 to lift women’s Kabeberi Sevens title.

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