Mwamba in cruise control


NAIROBI, Kenya, September 6- Mwamba’s quest to regain the Western Union National Sevens title remains on track after opening an eight point lead at the top of the circuit standings.

The Blackshirts collected the 38 points on offer after beating Kenya Harlequins in the main cup final of last weekend’s Dala sevens in Kisumu.

Kenya sevens international Horace Otieno was in belligerent form to help his side beat Quins 15-12 at the Kenya Polytechnic grounds for the second week in a row.

The match started on a slow note, Quins taking the early initiative, asking all the early questions and seemed to be in the ascendency when Sidney Ashioya broke through the Mwamba rearguard.

He played the ball to Naftali Bondo who dropped the ball with the try line in sight.

Collins Injera picked up the ball, accelerating to score the game’s opening try. Lavin Asego missed the conversion as Mwamba led 5-0.

The game remained tight, both sides giving as good as they got. Otieno would extend Mwamba’s lead with a try midway through the first half and would crown his Man of the match performance  by  taking out Leon Adongo, gaining a good thirty or so yards before offloading to Collins Injera who grounded for  a 15- 0 lead.

Second half action saw Quins quick off the blocks, young David Ambunya breaking free before playing in Leon Adongo who touched down. Bondo would miss this conversion but there was a game on our hands.

It remained as finely poised as ever, Quins seeing more of the ball, Mwamba intelligently keeping them at bay. Quins pressure bore fruits when Bondo scored a try under the posts. He converted his own try for a 15-12 score line.

Both sides would push for more points, making for a pulsating end to the match but Mwamba eventually held out.

KCB won the Plate title with a 22-0 win over Strathmore Leos. Tries from Dennis Mwanja, Fabian Olando and an Andrew Amonde brace peppered with a Peter Mutai conversion saw the bankers defended their Dala Sevens Plate title and gain ample revenge over the students who beat them in the Prinsloo Plate.