Mwamba crash out Dala Sevens Cup


Mwamba RFC players react after their loss to Impala RFC during their Kenya Cup match ...
Mwamba RFC players react after their loss to Impala RFC during their Kenya Cup match at the Railway Club in Nairobi, Kenya on December 12,2015. Impala RFC won 41-27. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • The usual suspects bagged tickets to the Main Cup quarters of the Dala Sevens as Kabeberi champions Mwamba RFC shocked the rugby fraternity and the games enthusiasts who thronged Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu bowing out of the race for the top honours
  • Mwamba reigned supreme at the Kabeberi Sevens a fortnight ago sweeping all before them including beating Menengai Oilers 27-7 in the final to lift the Main Cup but the script went horribly wrong

The usual suspects bagged tickets to the Main Cup quarters of the Dala Sevens as Kabeberi champions Mwamba RFC shocked the rugby fraternity and the games enthusiasts who thronged Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu bowing out of the race for the top honours.

Mwamba reigned supreme at the Kabeberi Sevens a fortnight ago sweeping all before them including beating Menengai Oilers 27-7 in the final to lift the Main Cup but here the script went horribly wrong in the hands of Northern Suburbs who beat them 12-7 under the scorching afternoon heat in the lakeside city to leave them limping into the Challenge Trophy set for tomorrow when the curtains will come down on the two-day action.

 Brian Omondi and his name sake Felix Omondi scored the tries for Suburbs while Willis Juma did the conversion. Mwamba on their part had Micheal Ogevi scoring their lone try with Tony Omondi converting but they failed to rise to the occasion when it mattered most.

Mwamba, in their second round match had lost 12-19 to Impala Saracens after winning the first match 34-14 to Kisumu and needed to win their final pool match against Suburbs to salvage the hopes of advancing to the Main Cup.

Meanwhile Suburbs and Impala proceeded to the last eight, the latter topping the pool – A.

At the same time Impala versus hosts Kisumu RFC was a gallant duel, the former prevailing 12-0.

Bill Omondi was in his destructive element with wit, power and pace scoring the lone first half try as Mark Kwemoi, entrusted with the kicking duties also being spot on converting to haul the advantage to 7-0 before Omondi extended the margin scoring yet another after the interval after wriggling his way past a body of markers to touch down at the far corner.

Kwemoi this time failed to convert, sending his kick wide. Unsatisfied with his double act, Omondi made a strong case for a third try with barely a minute left but he was brought tumbling down from a flying tackle by Kisumu utility player Brian Kipngeno.

Impala Saracens will meet Masinde Muliro in tomorrow’s Main Cup quarters while Menengai Oilers will face Suburbs.

Top Fry Nakuru, on the other hand, after topping Pool C will have a crunch date with Homeboyz  as KCB collide with Nondescripts.

Collated Results

Northern Suburbs 12-14 Resolution Saracens

Mwamba 34-14 Kisumu

MM University 29-10 Leos

Menengai Oilers 22-05 Western Bulls

Nnondies 19-7 Mean Machine

Top Fry Nakuru 19-7 Kabras

Homeboyz 24-14 Blak Blad

KCB 44-0 Vihiga Granites

Nothern Suburbs 28-5 Kisumu RFC

Stanbic Mwamba12-19 Impala Saracens

Masinde 26-12 Western Bulls

 Menengai Oilers 22-10 Leos

Nondies 12-10 Kabras Sugar

Tp Fry 14-0 Mean Machine

Homeboyz 31-0 Vihiga Granites

KCB 17-0 Blak Blad

Impala Saracens 12-0 Kisumu RFC

Mwamba RFC 7-12 Northern Suburbs

Leos 5-28 Western Bulls

Oilers 24 – 19 Masinde Muliro

Mean Machine 05 -27 Kabras

Top Fry 17 v 0 Nondies

Blak Blad 35 v 0 Vihiga Granites

KCB 14-12 Menengai

Pool A

Stanbic Mwamba RFC

Northern Suburbs

Resolution Impala Saracens

Kisumu RFC

Pool B

Menengai Oilers

Masinde Muliro

Strathmore Leos

Western Bulls

Pool C

Top Fry Nakuru

Nondescripts

Mean Machine

Kabras Sugar

Pool D

KCB RFC

Menengai Cream Homeboyz

Blak Blad

Vihiga Granites

*Bold means through to Main Cup quarters

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