Gibo Zachary @peoplesport11
Kabras Sugar clinched their first-ever Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) National Seven Circuit overall title after beating Blak Blad 19-7 in the Dala 7s third/fourth place playoffs played at Mamboleo Showground Kisumu yesterday.
Enroute to this historic and maiden victory, the sugarmen got a nerve wrecking defeat in the Main Cup semis at the hands of KCB but this was just but a delay of their fate since they had brushed aside Western Bulls 26-0 in the quarterfinal.
This was after they had laid strong ground on day one by emphatically winning all their matches to emerge top in Pool A with maximum 12 points and without conceding even a single point.
They opened the hunt with a laboured 12-0 win over Makueni before beating hosts Kisumu 24-0 and Daystar 26-0 to wrap up the pool matches and the win against Blakblad meant that they hit unassailable 102 points to claim National Sevens Circuit overall crown.
Besides Kabras two other teams, Impala Saracens and dethroned series champions Menengai Creame Homeboyz had hopes and in contention for the 2017 overall title but the Sarries could not believe it, falling wayward after their hopes of ending 13 years wait went into smoke after being stunned by Blakblad 17-10 in the Main Cup semis.
With now Saracens out, Homeboyz kept the faith by thrashing Makueni 15-5 in the quarter-finals and their hopes got a major boost as Kabras suffered a big setback and delay losing ground in the semis and eventually going down 12-5 to KCB.
Up to this stage (semifinals), it was all but calculations with Homeboyz to win the main cup and pray that Kabras lose to Blak Blad in the third-place playoffs, however, the deejaz hopes ended after learning that the sugarmen had outsmarted Blakblad in the third-fourth place playoffs.
Homeboyz, however, ensured that despite losing the overall Championship title, they Successfully defended their Dala 7s title by beating KCB 12-10 in a tightly contested final while Resolution Impala Saracens after failing to finally win the overall title, redeemed themselves by edging out Western Bulls 17-12 to win plate title in the 5th/6th place final.
Kisumu finished their home tournament in 13th place with a 12-10 win over MKU Stingerz while Catholic Monks after posting a resounding 17-0 win over University of Eldoret (UoE) to reach the Challenge Trophy final while Daystar defeated Kisii 15-10 to set a date in the finals, it was the Monks who had the last laugh, running away with the challenge trophy by outweighing Daystar.