KCB Wins 6th National Title as Kenya Grabs Silver at World Rugby Sevens
By Kenya Rugby Union with Abdi Ali
Published March 29, 2018
KCB, that has remained unbeaten throughout the 2017 season, beat a fighting Kabras Sugar from Kakamega in western Kenya 29-24 on home ground at KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi, on March 24, 2018.
Though Kabras edged forward in terms of possession and territory, they were down 19-13 at first half of regular play time.
The match restarted for the second half with KCB camping in the Kabras 22 but the visitors started inching forward, drawing a penalty from a KCB infringement. Wokorach drilled home the penalty to cut the deficit to 19-16, a crucial score for the side from Kakamega.
Kabras huffed and puffed, looking for the game levelling try and winning conversion under the posts with KCB on the ropes and time on the ticker up.
Felix Ayange spurned a try scoring opportunity at the death, KCB only too glad to hear the full time whistle, claiming a sixth Kenya Cup title after wins in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015 and 2017.
Meanwhile, Kenya has taken silver at World Rugby Sevens in Canada after beating England and France. The result sees Kenya stay eighth on the Sevens World Series standings with 64 points.
Kenya 7s rugby team finished second overall after a 31-12 cup final defeat to Fiji.
Nelson Oyoo started Kenya’s first attack with an excellent turnover at the breakdown. Quick hands kept the ball moving at pace and a final overhead pass out to Willy Ambaka ensured that he had the time and space to surge over the line. Samuel Oliech added the conversion.
Eroni Sau’s offload off the deck was absolutely outstanding and it found Josua Vakurunabili who didn’t need to break his stride to score. Vatemo Ravouvou added the conversion to tie the match at 7-7.
Kenya knew that they had to be so clinical in this final and they were certainly doing that. Oliech produced a monster fend and touched down at pace. This time the conversion didn’t have the distance and Kenya had to settle for five points.
The last word of the half went to Fiji after a Kenyan error off the restart. Sevuloni Mocenacagi plucked the ball athletically out of the air, went through the gears and levelled the scores going into the break, all square at 12-12 with all to play for in the second half.
Fiji enjoyed a purple patch after the restart and took their output up a gear. Mocenacagi soon added his second, Amenoni Nasilasila and Alasio Naduva then provided electric impact off the bench before Naduva added their fourth try to go 26-12 up.
It was soon 31-12 to Fiji. They kicked for the corner off a penalty and went to the short side of a well-taken lineout. Paula Dranisinukula had his eyes firmly set on the line and Kenya’s final defenders just could not stop him.
The Kenyans were still fighting, staying hungry and tenacious despite the score. Ambaka flew down the left-wing and looked like he was to go over to give Kenya the last say on the scoreboard. However, the determination of Jerry Tuwai was shown in full force. Tuwai bundled his opponent into touch and after that his side controlled possession until the hooter sounded.
The full-time whistle signaled Fiji’s victory and as a result they became the first team to record two tournament titles this season.