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Homeboyz open nine point lead at 7s series

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Former Prime minister Raila Amolo Odinga presenting the Dala 7s trophy to Main Cup champions Homeboyz. PHOTO/KRU
Former Prime minister Raila Amolo Odinga presenting the Dala 7s trophy to Main Cup champions Homeboyz. PHOTO/KRU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5- Homeboyz RFC are on the verge of a first ever National Sevens Series title after their Dala 7s triumph over the weekend earned them a nine-point lead heading to the penultimate leg in Nanyuki this weekend.

The Deejays were in devastating form in Kisumu, beating Kenya Harlequin 48-5 in the final at the, revenging the 19-14 loss they suffered in the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on August 21.

Homeboyz added a second Main Cup title after winning the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru to move on 82 points, ahead of Quins who are on 73.

Captain Leonard Mugaisi, who was elated with the side’s weekend win, said they want to ensure they carry on the form to the next series stop in Nanyuki.

“The boys learnt from their mistakes after losing at the Kabeberi and Driftwood Sevens cup finals, we focused on this tournament with the aim of winning it. I’m glad to be part of the winning team,” Mugaisi, who has had stints with the Kenya 7s, said.

Homeboyz taking on Kenya Harlequin in the final of the Dala 7s played at the Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu on September 4. PHOTO/ KRU
Homeboyz taking on Kenya Harlequin in the final of the Dala 7s played at the Mamboleo Grounds in Kisumu on September 4. PHOTO/ KRU

His opposite number at Kenya Harlequin Felix Ayange was distressed; “We just didn’t come to the party.  We have to go back to the drawing board, see what didn’t work for us and bounce back stronger in Nanyuki.”

The Nanyuki leg which will be the penultimate stage of the series this year will be making its debut and is expected to define the championship race with Homeboyz and Kenya Harlequin being the front runners.

“The Nanyuki Sevens will be hosted in the same manner the Dala Sevens was initiated by the KRU in its mandate to spread the game across the country. The Nanyuki Sevens remains a part of the National Sevens Series, and we indeed have confirmations from all teams, including Kenya Cup clubs, that they will participate in the tournament,” Kenya Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusi said.

Homeboyz have made it to all the finals and will be looking to get into a fifth, with the title not far off in sight.

Defending champions Nakuru RFC have been disappointing this season and are eighth on 38 points, way off the pace of the leaders.

Behind Homeboyz and Kenya Harlequin, Impala Saracens are third on 65 points as Strathmore Leos stay fourth on 64. Kabras Sugar RFC round up the top five on 55 points.

Kabras’ John Aluda Beda sits top of the try scorers’ chart having dotted down 18 times in the opening four legs of the series, three ahead of team mate Brian Tanga who is however the top points scorer with 129 so far, 39 clear of team mate Beda.

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