Rugby Rugby

Quins roaring to sustain title push in Nakuru


NAIROBI, Kenya, August 30- Series leaders Lunch Bar Quins head to this weekend’s Prinsloo 7s, the third leg of the national circuit with the sole aim of sustaining their charge for the title.

Head coach, Charles Cardovillis told Capital Sport that his team was brimming with confidence after winning the first two legs namely the Christie and Dala 7s with convincing Main Cup finals victories over bitter rivals and titleholders Mwamba.

“We are currently leading in the series and seeded first in Nakuru which gives us the morale to keep going particularly after seeing off Mwamba thrice including the Masaku tournament.

“With this trend, we are slowly making steady progress towards lifting the series title but we are taking it game by game, watching the opposition and strategising as events unfold,” he asserted.

Quins are drawn in a relatively easy Pool A alongside Kakamega, Daystar and Eldoret RFC with the tactician playing down the notion that it will be a walk in the park for his charges.

“Many will obviously regard it as an easy draw but you never know since the game of sevens is quite unpredictable with small teams likely to pull an upset.

“I always insist to my boys that we must take every game as a final, push our bodies to the limit and get the best results but we can only talk of the nature of the pool after we go through,” he modestly pointed out.

Having lost a substantial number of players to the national team, Cardovillis reckoned he had to restructure his tactics which have seen emerging players display their prowess.

“We have lost about ten from our 26 strong group that we brought together at the start of the season, but luckily we have a strong policy here of making every player count.

“With the main ones missing, we are slowly blending in new blood with four fresh players tasting victory in the last outing and hope to keep the formula working,” he added.

Experienced regular 15s player, Victor Sudi is set to make a return to the shorter version in Nakuru, with Brian Nyikuli back from injury to partner with Naftaly Bondo, Peter Abwoga and Nick Baraza while youngster Arthur Ochieng will be making his debut.

Cardovillis admitted that the situation at the moment puts them under a lot of pressure but they owe it to their ardent supporters who ensure that the team remains consistent.

“Our fans are very knowledgeable about the game and will even attend training sessions and ask questions regarding decisions made at club level which keeps us focused,” he revealed.

Mwamba head Pool B where they will face Stormers, Thika and Molo while hosts Nakuru will have to marshal their home advantage in a tough Pool F that includes Nondies, Mean Machine and Homeboyz.

Kisumu, Main Cup semi finalists at their home tournament, will fight for Pool D supremacy against Strathmore, Masaku and Bungoma while KCB are in Pool C together with KCA, Blak Blad and late entrants Multimedia.

Quins are at the top of the standings with 52 points, eight clear of champions Mwamba (44) while KCB lie third on 37 with Strathmore Leos (28) and Kisumu (23) completing the top five.