Gibo Zachary @peoplesport11
Newly-crowned Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) National Seven Circuit champions Kabras Sugar are on a high after clinching their first-ever Sevens overall gong.
“I am over the moon, this is a dream come true!” Kabras Sugar head coach Charlie Cardovilis told People Sports after declared 2017 overall series champions.
Kabras claimed two circuits on their way to the crown, winning first, the Sepetuka Sevens and a week later scooped Christie Sevens, taking them 85 points ahead, going to the final circuit, Dala 7s and with second- placed Resolution Impala Saracens on 80 points and the then defending champions Menengai Creame Homeboyz third with 78 points, the sugarmen needed to make it to the finals to be crowned overall series champions.
Matters got murky a little bit with Impala falling wayward in the main cup quarters against Blakblad and Kabras losing to KCB in the semis. This left the title-holders Homeboyz purring and praying that Kabras again lose in the third-fourth place playoffs and they go on and win the Dala Sevens main cup trophy to successfully defend their title.
However, the title could shortly be settled early in the third-fourth place final race when Kabras knowing very well that it was the only chance to get the title, bounce back strong to beat Blakblad 19-7 and ensured that this year’s overall title was theirs, dethroning Homeboyz. “I am very happy for the players. They did well.
We wanted to win the tournament (Dala 7s), but did just enough to win series which was ultimate goal,” coach Charlie Cardovilis said. Kabras’ secret to winning the title was none other than players’ determination to do better in every game, said coach Cardovilis, “Players improved every tournament, team work and our defence, all combined won the series.” It never dawned on Kabras that they were in contention for the overall title until the third circuit, Nakuru Prinsloo 7s.