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Not even Mwamba to halt rampant KCB; Under-19 Kenya side also praised for good showing in Namibia

The Black Shirts had looked spanking hot, cutting through every team over the two days until coming head on with KCB


KENYA Commercial Bank won the Prinsloo Sevens rugby tournament at Nakuru Athletic Club on Sunday by beating home side, Nakuru 26-10 in the Final but the bankers particularly emphasised their best-in-class-form by whitewashing Mwamba 20-0 in the semi-finals.

Mwamba brought together their best players for the first time after three rounds of the national Safaricom 7s series; and the Black Shirts looked spanking hot. They cut through every team over the two days until coming head on with KCB.

Possesion

There their wheels appeared to come off and were crucially denied possession by a KCB side that had won previous rounds at Kisumu [Dala Sevens] and in Nairobi — the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens.

The series end with the fifth round this weekend at the Christie Sevens hosted by Harlequins at the Rugby Union of East Africa [RFUE] ground on Saturday and Sunday.

The bankers [85 point] hold a seven-point lead over second-placed Homeboyz [68] and are well placed to win the Safaricom Sevens Series for the second year in a row. Nakuru are third on 61 points.

Junior World Cup

Meanwhile, the Kenya Junior Under-19 rugby side who reached the Final of the African Championship in Windhoek came up against the strong home side, Namibia, straight from the experience of playing in the recent Junior World Cup. The Kenyan boys lost 17-52 after trailing 10-35 at half time.

Earlier, for the second year in a row, the Kenyan boys had beaten 27-20 Zimbabwe in the semi-finals. Plenty of congratulations went out to the team despite the loss to a superior Namibia.

“It’s very important that the team keeps playing together and against quality opposition,” said Kenya Rugby Union [KRU] chairman Mwangi Muthee.

2014 PRINSLOO SEVENS

Nakuru Athletic Club:

Aug 30-31:

CUP FINAL:

KCB 26-10 Nakuru

BRONZE FINAL:

Mwamba 33-5 Western Bulls

Main Cup semi final:
KCB 22-0 Mwamba
Western Bulls 0-20 Nakuru

PLATE FINAL:
Harlequins 19-12 Kabras

Plate Semi final:
Strathmore 12-17 Kabras
Homeboyz 17-19 Harlequins.

Main Cup quarter finals:
Homeboyz 17-31 Western Bulls
Nakuru 12-5 Harlequins
Mwamba 12-5 Strathmore
KCB 14-10 Kabras

Bowl Final:
Nondies 14-22 Impala

Bowl semi finals:
Kisumu 5-37 Impala,
Catholic 7-22 Nondescripts

Shield Final:
Mombasa 0-12 Masaku

Bowl quarter finals:
Impala 36-0 Masaku
Kisumu 15-7 KCA
Catholic UEA 19-5 Daystar
Nondies 34-0 Mombasa

DIVISION II

Main Cup Final:
UoN Mean Machine 12-7 JKUAT

Plate Final:
Eldoret 17-10 Bungoma

Bowl Final:
MKU Thika 15-10 Comras

Shield Final:
Egerton University 24-12 Masinde Muliro University

2014 National Safaricom Sevens Series:

Standings after Round 4 – Prinsloo 7s [Nakuru Athletic Club]

1. KCB – (85 pts)
2. Homeboyz – 68
3. Nakuru – 61
4. Harlequins – 54
5. Strathmore University – 51
6. Mwamba – 49
7. Impala – 44
8. Western Bulls – 39
9. Nondescripts – 35
10. Catholic University of East Africa – 30
11. Kabras Sugar – 26
12. Kisumu – 19
13. Daystar University – 12
14. Kenyatta University Blak Blad – 8
15. Egerton University – 5
16. University of Nairobi Mean Machine – 3
17. Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University – 3
18. Masaku – 3
19. Mombasa – 2
20. Eldoret – 1
21. Technical University of Kenya [TUK] – 1
22. Thika – 1

2014 CHRISTIE SEVENS – (Harlequins):

September 5-6, RFUEA Ground, Nbi:

Pool ‘A’: KCB, Homeboyz, Impala, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology [JKUAT]

Pool ‘B’: Nakuru, Strathmore University, Nondescripts, University of Nairobi [UoN] Mean Machine

Pool ‘C’: Mwamba, Kabras Sugar, Catholic University of East Africa [CUEA], Mombasa

Pool ‘D’: Western Bulls, Harlequins, Kisumu, Masaku