Yurop…Done! So what stood out from the fourth leg of the 2022 National sevens series?
4 Legs, 4 Winners!
Homeboyz RFC became the fourth side to claim a leg title in the 2022 series, the Djs edging out Oilers 19-14 in the Cup final. If this trend were to hold to the end, this would be the first time that we would have a different winner from each leg of the series, right?
That stat is testament to the growing competition in the sevens game in the country, Can’t wait to see what the next two legs have in store!
The Jommo Kenyatta international stadium, played host to its’ first major rugby event and it did not dissapoint. The playing surface received great reviews as did the facilities, though the atmosphere did take a bit of a hit with the fans being so far away from the action. Great location all in all, we look forward to visiting the facility again and again!
The Magic of 7s Rugby
This will probably be the most used phrase in this series of articles, once again the magic of sevens rugby was on display in Kisumu. First up the Driftwood sevens Div II champions, the Catholic Monks, who started their Dala charge from Pool D, alongside eventual winners Homeboyz, Quins and Zetech Oaks.
The Monks kicked off with a 17 all draw against the Djs, before beating Quins 19-14, then edding out Zetech 10-7, to book a slot in the cup competition, eventually falling to Nondies in the 5th place semi final. MMUST, who only made the tournament via an invitation, made the most of the opportunity to progress from Pool B, at the expense of Kabras, MMUST also bowed out at the 5th place semi stage.
On the other end of the story, Quins who had hit some form of consistency in the last three legs, will have to play it out from the second division at Nakuru, unless they get an invite. The Daystar Falcons also found the going tough and like Quins have been relegated from the first division.
As far as new talent goes, we have to mention George Mola of Kisumu RFC, who was a gem for the home side, eventually picking up the most promising player award. The scoring machine that is Amon Wamalwa of Homeboyz and eventual MVP Mike Nyakundi also from the Djs had superb outings!
That’s that for Dala, up next Nakuru!