MKU Thika praying for Dala Sevens luck
MKU Thika captain Lebanese Chege is hoping good results and a little bit of luck can help them sustain their top tier status as the Stanbic Bank National Circuit enters its penultimate leg, the Dala Sevens.
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) nationwide side earned promotion into the premier division after defeating Daystar Falcons 27-0 to win the second-tier but a face a stiffer opposition for the final two legs of the local circuit.
MKU are underdogs but can come out with something from an otherwise fair Group D which features overall circuit leaders Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Nondescripts RFC and hosts Silverstone Kisumu.
“It’s going to be tough but we have one week to prepare adequately for this opportunity and be able to showcase our skills and talents. Hopefully we can upset a few teams,” Chege told Citizen Digital.
“It’s a competition that we know well, and have experienced a lot of good moments in,” said Chege, “and again the quality of teams littered throughout the competition makes it, a very exciting challenge for us.”
“We were disappointed with the way the competition ended last season for us but now we can look at the new competition with a lot of confidence.”
Driftwood 7s champions Top Fry Nakuru are seeded first for the penultimate round of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit and are in Pool A with Resolution Kisii, Kenya Harlequin and season surprise Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
Due to a minor accident that occurred at the Mtito andei forest that forced University sides Blak Blad and Mean Machine out of the tournament at the just concluded Driftwood sevens, both Blad and Machine have been pooled in the top tier division of the fifth leg of the national sevens circuit.
Mean Machine is in pool C with Driftwood 7s bronze medalists KCB, Kabras Sugar and nationwide side Northern Suburbs Cubs, Blad on their side are in pool B with three-time losing finalists Mwamba RFC, Menengai Oilers, and Impala Saracens.
The Sevens circuit moves to Kisumu for the Dala 7s at the Mamboleo showground, which will be the fifth leg of the circuit before concluding in Nairobi with the prestigious Christie 7s.
Homeboyz RFC leads the local circuits log with 66 points heading to the penultimate round of the tournament.
DALA 7s POOLS
Pool A: Nakuru RFC, Kisii RFC, Kenya Harlequins, MMUST
Pool B: Mwamba RFC, Menengai Oilers, Impala RFC, Blak Blad
Pool C: KCB RFC, Kabras Sugar, Northern Suburbs, Mean Machine
Pool D: Homeboyz RFC, Nondescripts, Kisumu RFC, MKU Thika.
- Homeboyz 81
- Mwamba 70
- KCB 66
- Nakuru 63
- Kabras 48
- Harlequins 39
- Nondies 38
- Impala 37
- Oilers 36
- Kisii 32
- Machine 23
- Blad 20
- Strathmore 16
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