The game of rugby in Kenya draws more attention no more than ever as a number of the local boys have moved to play some professional rugby among the Elgon Cup champions.
The Stanbic National 7s circuit was having its penultimate series last weekend and it saw the resurgence of some Ugandan faces. Kabras Sugar welcomed back the reliable Phillip Wokorach, as Nairobi based Kenya Harlequins found space in their ranks for returning Aaron Ofoywroth and Solomon Okia.
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Kabras, who are the defending 7s champions, were put alongside Kenya Cup Champions, KCB, Mean Machine and Northern Suburb Cubs. The Sugar millers failed to win their opening group game for the third consecutive series, drawing 17-all with Cubs. They recovered in the second game to beat Mean Machine 24-12 before losing the final group game to KCB. Kabras advanced to the main cup quarters at the expense of Cubs.
Quins, who were also welcoming back new Simba, Willy Ambaka, were drawn against Driftwood Champs, Nakuru, MMUST and Kisii. They were on fire, winning all three of their group games to advance to the main cup quarters with a game to spare. Joseph Aredo and Solomon Okia were major contributors in the tries department as Aaron Ofoywroth made kicking his business.
Quarters saw Quins drawn against their Ngong Road rivals, Impala Saracens. Quins opened the scoring through Ambaka and Agero to lead 12-00 at the break. Impala fought back after the break, with Motari scoring at the death to win it for Saracens 17-12.
In their quarter finals against Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Kabras got an early sinbin and the DJz took advantage to take a 7-0 lead. Patience paid off for the Kabras with Philip Wokorach completing a well worked move to score a converted try and bring the score level. That was the last we saw of Kabras. The DJs went all out and ultimately won 33-07.
Kabras and Harlequins met in the semi-finals of the 5th place playoff and the Nairobi based Quins made an easy meal of their opponents winning 33-00. Owing to that win, the Quins advanced to 5th place playoff, but lost to Nondies 19-07.