Dominant KCB crush Oilers to clinch Dala Sevens title


Dominant KCB crush Oilers to clinch Dala Sevens title
KCB Rugby Brian Nyikuli in action against Nondescripts RFC during their Kenya Cup match at Ruaraka grounds in Nairobi on November 24, 2018.Nondescripts RFC won 27-22. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Serial winners KCB RFC made it two out of three in the National Rugby Circuit after beating Menengai Oilers 32-5 in an explosive Main Cup final of the Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu Sunday
  • KCB were the winners of the first leg of the Circuit, held in Kakamega about a month ago but lost out to Mwamba RFC who reigned supreme at the Kabeberi Sevens a fortnight ago

Serial winners KCB RFC made it two out of three in the National Rugby Circuit after beating Menengai Oilers 32-5 in an explosive Main Cup final of the Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu Sunday.

KCB were the winners of the first leg of the Circuit, held in Kakamega about a month ago but lost out to Mwamba RFC who reigned supreme at the Kabeberi Sevens a fortnight ago.

However on Sunday here at the lake side city of Kisumu, KCB, boasting in their ranks forwards such as the burly Andrew Amonde and star-man Jacob Ojee left no margin for error, sweeping all before them to cart the Main Cup title, making it two out of two.

Against the Oilers, KCB were hungry and did not hide their appetite for the gong, tearing the opposition into shreds.

Levy Amuya opened the scores for KCB with an opening try to give them a five-point lead but Oilers quickly hit back for a tie through Austin Sikutwa.

After tussling for about two minutes with Oilers the likelier side to take the lead, KCB lauched a speedy ruthless counter attack on the left wing through Vincent Onyala who went ahead to score on the right wing.

From here on it was a try galore for the Nairobi based with Davies Chenge, Michael “Kiongozi” Wanjala, Jacob Ojee and Andrew Amonde.

Interestingly, all the tries except one were converted as KCB who now top the standings shift their focus to Prinsloo Sevens set for Nakuru this coming weekend.

In all fairness KCB had made their intent known right from the preliminaries topping Pool D that had amongst others Cream Homeboyz, Blak Blad and Vihiga Granites.

At the quarterfinals they easily saw off Nondescripts 19-7 before breezing to a majestic 31-5 victory over Impala Saracens at the semis.

With the title in sight, and only 15 minutes standing between them and the gong, they made no mistake in the final.

Oilers had battled to the last drop of sweat in the semis to see off Top Fry Nakuru winning 22-21, – so close to call – and a nervy battle for that matter which left rugby enthusiasts at this venue yearning for more.

At the semis, KCB will have back Michael Wanjala and Levy Amunga to thank, the latter for his finesse with the conversions while Amonde, also deployed in the game as a forward was up to scratch, using his mountain of a frame to thwart the opposition.

But in all fairness, Nondies will take some credit from this match having taken the game to their more fancied opponents whom they pinned in their own half for the first three minutes of the game before Wanjala broke loose on the left flank to score an opening try.

Amunga missed the resultant conversion attempt but the psychological blow was already too much for them.

Mwamba, on their part, having been knocked to the Challenge Trophy in day one of action on Saturday made amends beating Kabras Sugar 19-15 to win the Challenge Trophy, it was a relieve of sorts having been the best team at the Kabeberi Sevens.

Meanwhile Kenya Harlequins have been promoted to the Division One of the Prinsloo Sevens set for the weekend in Nakuru after beating Egerton 22-0 in the Division Two final.

At a glance:

Top Positions at the Dala Sevens

1.KCB
2.Menengai Oilers
3.Impala Saracens
4.Top Fry Nakuru
5.Homeboyz
6.Nondescripts
7.MMUST
8.Northern Suburbs
9.Mwamba RFC
10.Kabras Sugar
11.Western Bulls
13.Mean Machine
14.Kisumu RFC
15.Strathmore Leos
16.Vihiga Granite

Challenge Trophy
-Champions- Mwamba RFC
-Runners up-Kabras Sugar

Division Two Final
Harlequins 22 -0 Egerton

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