The 2019 Stanbic 7s entered matchday two over the weekend with Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC hosting 16 teams at Kinoru Stadium in Meru from 27-28 July, 2019.
We captured a few moments to remind you on what really went down in Meru.
5. KCB downed by Oilers
After winning the opening leg of 2019 Stanbic 7s, Kakamega 7s, the bankers were in high spirit going to Meru but despite beating local side Meru RFC 32-0, they lost 10-12 to Menengai Oilers forcing them to wait for cup quarters qualification till the third round.
They faced Impala Saracens late on Saturday afternoon and managed a 28-7 win over Impala Saracens which meant the Ngong Road side missed cup quarters. Till the fall to Oilers, the Tellers had been on a seven straight winning run since the start of the 2019 Stanbic 7s circuit.
4.Struggling Quins not happy
Things moved from bad to worse for the struggling mighty Harlequins as they suffered two defeats in three matches played on Saturday. They had suffered five in five matches played at Kakamega 7s and added another two against Stanbic Mwamba (17-12) and Nondies (26-24) to make it seven straight losses into this years series. The streak ended when they reversed a 10-0 loss over an out of sorts Egerton Wasps in Kakamaga with a 24-0 triumph at Kinoru
On Saturday evening the club released a statement on what they called “consistent questionable officiating.”
“The referee officiating body has been consistently tone-deaf to the growing concern regarding the state of its core of referees and their competence in game situations,” they said.
Sunday morning they suffered yet another defeat and second relegation of the season as they went down 12-17 to Strathmore Leos.
Quins however managed something later in the afternoon beating Meru RFC 17-5 (for the second time at Kabeberi 7s btw) in the 13th place semis and eventually beat Catholic Monks 26-17 in the shield final.
3. Deejayz ‘left’ the group, again
A cup final without Homeboyz in the last two seasons seemed like a joke. Well, this season they seem to be far from the best.
Another gig, another defeat. This time round at Cup quarters as they were stripped off their title won in Machakos in September 2018. Looks like they need to recall more experienced Deejayz.
Homeboyz once again lost out to KCB , this time 12-5 – the same side that beat them in the final of Kakamega 7s last weekend – but went all the way to win the Plate because you know by the end of it all the points matter a lot.
Let’s wait to see what they bring to the dancing floor at Dala 7s in two weeks time.
2.Perfect weekend for youngins
Kabeberi 7s was a good outing for young sides Menengai Oilers and Northern Suburbs Cubs.
Suburbs won the Kakamega 7s second division title to earn promotion heading to Kabeberi and they didn’t come to joke.
They beat two Kenya Cup sides (Strathmore Leos 26-10 and Blak Blad 21-0) in pool matches to qualify for cup quarters.
This was quite an achievement as a number of div II teams in the past circuits don’t make it to cup quarters. Dala 7s promises a lot for the young Lions.
Menengai Oilers bounced back to cup quarters after a disappointing outing in Kakamega last weekend. They won two matches and were held to a draw by Impala Saracens to qualify for cup quarters from a group that had Kakamega 7s champions KCB.
In Cup quarters they beat MMUST 19-0 and Nakuru 12-7 in cup semis before falling 27-7 to Mwamba in the Cup final.
Relatively a young side, this Menengai side will be Oiling Kenya 7s in the near future. Two of their relatively ‘unknown’ players gave reason why they should not be ignored as Davis Nyaundi was named to the 2019 Kabeberi 7s dream team and Austin Sikutwa was joint top try scorer (with Mwamba’s Billy Odhiambo)
1.Stanbic Mwamba triple delight
Everyone involved with Stanbic Mwamba is super happy after one of the best weekends. Kulabu hosted a successful sevens tournament for the first time in Meru, won Division II and Division I. What a weekend!
Mwamba’s Vumbi edged out Vihiga Granites 10-7 in the Div II final. For a place in the final a vastly improving Vihiga Granites beat Shamas 17-12 as Vumbi had a narrow 12-10 win over Daystar Falcons.
After losing in cup semis last weekend, Stanbic Mwamba went to Meru knowing the needed to amend a few things to do what KCB did at Kakamega 7s. They were the only side to win six out of six matches. Saturday’s wins were 17-12 over Quins, 53-0 over Egerton Wasps and 29-0 over Nondies. Sunday was the same story as they worked on teams properly. 43-0 over Northern Suburbs in quarters, 21-7 over KCB in semis and 27-7 over Menengai Oilers in the final.
Hosting of a successful tournament aside, the title win on Sunday confirmed Stanbic Mwamba as the most successful club at Kabeberi 7s as it was their historic seventh title, one more than Quins has won. Top of all, five of their players made the Kabeberi 7s dream team; Steve Sikuta, Billy Odhiambo, Greg Odhiambo, Collins Injera and Tony Omondi.
Billy Odhiambo was named the tournaments MVP as well as joint top
Kulabu are surely one of the favorites to win the 2019 Stanbic 7s!