All roads led to Nakuru this past weekend for the Prinsloo sevens in the penultimate leg of the Safaricom Sevens series. After Homeboyz won the Driftwood leg in Mombasa rugby fans were wondering whether KCB’s dominance had finally been broken. There was also the added twist of Nakuru RFC aka Wanyore who were the home favourites and had always put in a good shift while playing at home.
Homeboyz kicked off the action by beating Impala 12-7 to set the mood for an exciting run up of games. There were wins for likes of Kabras, Nondies, Mwamba, Quins, Nakuru and Strath. Impala’s struggles were somewhat shocking as they lost their second game to Kabras but they gained some lift by demolishing Mombasa RFC 41-0 in their final group match. The group matches ended with Nakuru edging Strathmore’s Leos 15-12.
The stage was set for some exciting match ups in the quarters with Homeboyz facing Bulls, Nakuru versus Quins, Mwamba versus Strathmore and KCB versus Kabras. The shock of the round was Homeboyz falling prey to the Western Bulls as Nakuru, Mwamba and KCB made their way to the semis.
It seemed bound to be that the tournament favourites would clash with the home favourites and fate did not disappoint as she set out a mouth watering clash between KCB and Nakuru RFC.
Nakuru were first to draw blood but KCB quickly responded with two tries to take a 12-5 lead going into the break. Nakuru cut the deficit to 12-10 at the start of the second half but nothing seemed to stop the KCB rugby juggernaut as they soldiered on to a 19-10 lead a few minutes after. The final nail on the coffin came with the tournament favourite’s fourth try to win the game 26-10 and lift the Prinsloo cup.
The win meant that KCB edge every bit closer to clinching the series title with 85 points with Nakuru and Homeboyz now left battling for the second place spot as they stand only 7 points apart.
Next up is the Christies leg of the series taking place on the 6th and 7th of September.