Gallant Kabras retain Christie Sevens crown
Kabras Sugar on Sunday afternoon successfully defended the Christies Sevens title after thrashing an equally enterprising opponent in Impala Saracens, winning 19-07 in an enticing match at the RFUEA grounds that saw Philip Wokarach named player of the tournament .
Impala threatened to scuttle Kabras’ dream taking a 7-5 lead at the break but the indefatigable Wokarach side-stepped his opponent to go under the post to take the lead at 12-05, and thereafter Kenya international Brian Tanga converted to stretch the advantage to 14-5.
The win takes Kabras to the top of the National Sevens Circuit at the expense of Homebopyz who lost 17-12 to Nakuru at the quarter finals .
Kabras will now aim at qualifying for the Cup quarters at the Dala Sevens, the last leg of the circuit which takes place in Kisumu this weekend.
Should Kabras qualify for the quarters, they’ll be crowned champions of the 2018 National Sevens Circuit.This is after collecting 22 points and sit at the top of the log on 85 points in the just concluded Christies Sevens .
Impala Saracens, on the other, hand are second with 80 points followed by “The deejays” with 78 points. Nakuru and Oilers come in third and fourth with 73 and 68 points respectively.
At the RFUEA grounds, Impala paid the heavy price for two consecutive yellow cards before half-time which reduced them to six men.
Ian Minjire was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle as they battled it out with Kabras while Samson Onsom also suffered a similar fate in the second half which reduced them to five men, giving Kabras the advantage.
“We have been consistent throughout, qualifying for the Cup quarters in every circuit. Discipline and focus has been our main drive to success though in the final some of our players were over-excited hence the two yellow cards which cost us victory,” Impala coach Oscar Osir lamented after the defeat.
His opposite number, Charles Cardiovillis, formerly of Kenya Harlequins said that the inclusion of danger man Wokarach inspired fans to travel all the way from Kakamega to cheer them.
“We worked on our defence line and positive results have been seen. We played well in the circuit and we have proved that we are up to the task,”Cardiovillis said.
Meanwhile,Nakuru RFC came third overall after thrashing Harlequins 12-5 in the third place play off. Mwamba who had their best season managed to secure a fifth place play off by seeing off KCB 21-10.
Standings after Christie 7s
Report by Edwin Mbare
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