Despite losing the final, in their own backyard, to 2018 Stanbic Bank National 7s champions, Homeboyz Rugby, Kenya Harlequins speedster, Solomon Okia gave the hosts something to smile about as he was named Most Valuable Player.
Okia joined the Quins 7s campaign late (Dala 7s and Christie 7s) owing to a hectic international season which saw him feature for Uganda in San Francisco at the Sevens Rugby World Cup and Rugby Africa Gold Cup in August where he actually scored two tries against two different opponent in similar fashion, as a substitute.
Okia scored a try in the final as the Quins looked to win a sevens outing but Homeboyz Leonard Mugaisi’s late try denied them the Christie 7s crown.
Okia became the sixth and last MVP this season joining Philip Kwame of Nakuru RFC (Prinsloo 7s), Mark Wandeto of Homeboyz (Sepetuka 7s), Leonard Mugaisi of Homeboyz (Kabeberi 7s), Collins Injera of Mwamba (Driftwood 7s) and Eliakim Kichoi of Mwamba (Dala 7s).
Another Quins players, Cyprian Kuto, who crossed from Homeboyz, was joint top try scorer alongside Strathmore Leo’s Patrick Olang with 7 tries at the Christies. Strathmore Leos beat Uganda emerging 7s in the quarters before meeting more than their match in Homeboyz at the semis. They’d later finish fourth after losing the third place playoff to a combined side of Blue Bulls and University Of Pretoria.
Christie 7s Awards
Champions – Homeboyz
Runners up – Harlequins
Third place – Blue Bulls & University Of Pretoria
MVP – Solomon Okia (Kenya Harlequins)
Top try scorers – Cyprian Kuto (Kenya Harlequins) & Patrick Olang (Strathmore Leos) – 7 each
Most Promising – Johnstone Olindi (Homeboyz)