Kenya Sevens are confident of attaining their season’s target of 100 points after completing the third and fourth legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand last weekend. Shujaa, who returned home yesterday, had a fruitful tour Down Under where they collected 22 points (10 in Sydney and 12 in Hamilton) to sit eighth on the log with 35 points.
That means they will need to collect over 10 points in each of the remaining six legs to attain their target, making a Cup quarter-final a must in every round. “In Vegas, we have to achieve good results in our first match against France which will set the momentum for the rest of the tournament.
The key focus is to meet our targets as we build towards Commonwealth and that will only happen if we do well,” said head coach Innocent Simiyu, whose team will face France, Fiji and Russia in the next round in Las Vegas, USA next month.
Luckily for Simiyu, there were no serious injuries in their last tour with Brian Tanga and Jeffrey Oluoch picking up minor knocks and he hopes Collins Injera and Billy Odhiambo will recover in time for the Vegas assignment.
Meanwhile, Homeboyz RFC have displaced Kabras Sugar from second place on the Kenya Cup standings after ending the 2016 champions’ unbeaten run on match day eight last weekend.
The deejays now have 34 points, five behind leaders KCB while Kabras drop to third with 33 points. Homeboyz grounded five tries for a rare 30-12 bonus win over Kabras in Kakamega to stay in contention for a direct ticket to the semi-final play-offs.
Meanwhile, Kenyan international Peter Karia crossed over the chalk for a try at death as KCB picked a crucial 29-6 bonus point win over Nondescripts. KCB remain the only unbeaten side and needed more tries from Curtis Lilako, Stafford Abeka and Oliver Mangeni to pip Nondies.
The biggest surprise of the weekend, however, was witnessed in Kisii when the hosts shocked fallen giants Mwamba RFC 18-12 at Gusii Stadium for their first win of the season as Strathmore Leos showed little respect to visiting Nakuru, mauling them 29-13.
Leo’s now sit sixth on the standings with 21 points with a match in hand against Kisii as Nakuru drop to seventh with 17 points. Impala Saracens also posted a 29-16 win over Blak Blad to remain fourth on the log as their neighbours Kenya Harlequins hammered Mombasa 80-0 courtesy of 14 tries and five conversions to maintain their fifth place on the log.