Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) claimed their first title in this season’s National Sevens Circuit when they saw off Strathmore 24-10 in a gripping final to lift the Lunch Bar Christie Sevens at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds on Sunday.

Fabian Olando scored the bankers opening try, touching down after his side’s patient build up. Collins Kimani converted for a 7-0 lead.Strathmore would come back into the match, inching their way into KCB territory and reduced the deficit through Tony Onyango’s unconverted try. The match would remain a nervy affair, Strathmore enjoying more possession, putting KCB on the back foot. KCB’s Phil Wamae would break clear, against the run of play, scoring under the posts after a thirty meter sprint. Olando’s conversion saw KCB take a 14-5 lead into the breather.

 

Felix Ayange touched down for Strathmore upon resumption but unconverted tries from Kimani and Andrew Amonde, who was later named tournament MVP, saw KCB run off with the 24-10 result that saw them lift the Christie Sevens, the third leg of the National Sevens Circuit.

 

Speaking after the match, KCB coach Howard Okwemba said, ” It has been a very positive tournament. We set out to win this tournament and we achieved that.Our performance on the circuit has been gradually improving. We got to the main cup semis in Kisumu, won the plate in Nakuru. My young side is growing with every outing. With focus,determination and discipline,they can only get better. They expressed themselves today, I must commend them for their efforts.”

 

KCB beat reigning circuit champions Mwamba 24-14 in an exciting semi final while Strathmore rallied from 0-7 to emerge 27-7 winners over hosts and defending Christie Sevens champions Kenya Harlequin.Try scorers in KCB’s semi final win were Andrew Amonde who landed twice, Fabian Olando and Sebastian Shitambasi.Olando managed two conversions. Mwamba’s tries came from Collins Injera and Dennis Ombachi with Lavin Asego kicking over two conversions. Willy Ambaka opened the scoring for Quins with a converted try before Mike Wanjala (2), Felix Ayange (2) and Malik Ndemi each touched down with Peter Kepher managing one conversion.

 

Homeboyz beat Nakuru 7-5 to lift the plate with Impala registering a 33-7 win over Masinde Muliro to emerge the bowl winners. Bungoma won the shield with a 12-7 win over Catholic University of East Africa.

 

Collated Day Two Results

 

Main Cup Final

KCB 24 Strathmore 10

 

Plate Final

Homeboyz 7 Nakuru 5

 

Bowl Final

Impala 33 Masinde Muliro 5

 

Shield Final

Bungoma 12 Catholic University 7

 

Main Cup Semis

KCB 24 Mwamba 14

Strathmore 27 Quins 7

 

Plate Semis

Nakuru 24 Nondies 5

Homeboyz 26 Kisumu 5

 

Bowl Semis

Impala 12 Machine 0

Masinde Muliro 12 Blak Blad

 

Shield Semis

Catholic 12 KCA 7

Bungoma 14 Kenya Poly 7

 

Main Cup Quarters

Mwamba 24 Nakuru 5

KCB 26 Nondies 0

Quins 22 Homeboyz 12

Strathmore 17 Kisumu 0

 

Bowl Quarters

Machine 31 KCA 0

Impala 44 Catholic 0

Blak Blad 10 Kenya Poly 5

Masinde Muliro 10 Bungoma 7

 

 

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