ICYMI : National 7s champions, Betway Kobs, have been invited to take part in the 52nd edition of the Christie 7s hosted by the Harlequins at RFUEA grounds on 17th-18th September, 2016. The Christie 7s will serve as the last edition of the six series 7s rugby journey in the Kenya rugbt calendar.
The back-to-back Ugandan 7s champions had already won the 15s crown earlier, in May and are now looking to broaden their horizons and experience chest by taking on Kenya's most ruthless. The master betters have been seeded in pool B and will go up against KCB, Kabras Sugar & Catholic Monks with hopes of making it to the knockouts on Day 2 of the Christie 7s.
Let's take a quick study at who they'll clash with in Pool B at a deeper depth.
Previously dubbed the "plate specialists," after falling off at the quarter finals of all the first four editions of the 7s calendar, they learnt their lesson, showed major fight and progress to make it to the finals of the recently concluded Nanyuki 7s which they lost 10-00 to overall table topping Menengai Cream Homeboyz. The bankers, owing to that feat, climbed up the overral table into fifth place. They are the four highest try scorers with 88 in total.
The masquerading religious clerics are looked at as the whipping boys of the group and truthfully so, they're amongst the lowest ranked teams in Kenya's premium 7s rugby division. They managed to secure top flight 7s rugby at the Nanyuki 7s after seeing off Kiisi RFC in the quarterfinals. They eventually lost the Bowl final 21-05 to Blakblad. They're shy scorers having scored only 16 tries. Overall on the table, they lie in 12th place.
The sugar boys are the reigning Kenya Cup Champions and are currently haranguing in sixth overrall on the 7s table. They'll be without superstar fullback, Jone Kubu who picked up an injury while crossing for the try that levelled their quarterfinal game against Mwamba RFC in the recently concluded Nanyuki 7s. They went on to lose that game. Kabras is now home to several Ugandan contingent like James Odong, Charles Uhuru and formerly Cyrus Wathum who now turns out for the Betway Kobs Outfit. In Kabras, Kobs will line up against their former crossroad nemesis in Phillip Wokorach who played for Hima Cement Heathens. Phillip loved to torment Kobs and it's good to hear he's already scoring, having crossed twice in their 45-00 win against Kiisi RFC. Just behind Homeboyz and Harlequins, they've racked up 89 tries this season.
The Kenya 7s crown is all but already won by the Menengai Cream Homeboyz. The music jockey kings have made it to the main cup finals on all 5 editions of 7s rugby this season and have won 3 i.e at Nakuru's Prinsloo 7s, Kisumu's Dala 7s and the Nanyuki 7s accumulating 114 points. Close in second are the Christie 7s hosts, the Quins and they will need all the Mathematics heads they can get their hands on if they're to upset the Homeboyz. A place in the quarterfinals in enough to cement 1st position and win the 7s crown for the superstar DJs.