Mwamba RFC are the 2015 Driftwood 7s winners after thrashing a hapless Nakuru 29-0 in the Main Cup finals played on Sunday evening at Mbaraki Sports Club, Mombasa.
Mwamba RFC had earlier seen off a gritty Western Bulls 15-5 in Main Cup quarterfinals and edged out a hard fighting Strathmore Leos 17-12 after extra time.
Buoyed by the return of experienced duo of Humphrey Kayange and Collins Injera and the return to fitness to exciting youngsters Brad Owako and Martin Wanjia, Mwamba was unstoppable in Driftwood 7s.
In the Main quarterfinals, Injera opened the scoring but Wanjia failed to kick over the conversion. Bulls stung immediately with a try of their own tying the score at 5-5 heading into the break. After the restart, Hyke Otieno dived in the corner to bring the scores to 10-5. His older brother Horace completed the scoring with his own try in the opposite corner for a 15-5 final score.
In the semis, Mwamba raced into an early lead with a Brad Owako try converted by Martin Wanjia. The students would score at the breather to make the score 7-5 at the break. Injera scored a second try in the second stanza to bring the scores to 12-5. referee Victor Oduor sent skipper Dan Sikuta to the bin by for cynical play at the breakdown. Strath took full advantage of their superior numbers to score a converted try to tie the game and send it into extra time.
Leos had a chance to kill off the game in extra time after winning a penalty 30 metres infront of the sticks. They fluffed the kick. Injera would break on the wing but was tackled into touch a few metres from the try line. Leos again butchered that line out gifting Kulabu a free kick.
A quick tap would see Kayange through only to be stopped a few meters from the white wash. He off loaded the ball to an on rushing Sikuta to land under the post. Game over. 17-12 the full time score of a dramatic match!
In the final, Nakuru RFC’s Nelson Oyoowas sent off by referee Constant Cap for biting Injera on the wrist. With an advantage in numbers, nothing was going to stop Kulabu. Horace opened the scoring with a quick a tap and go.
Brad, Sikuta and Injera crossed the white wash pettily in control of the tie. In the second stanza, Nakuru came back stronger and hungrier and nearly scored but Injera’s brilliant tackle prevented a try. Kayange would score a late try bring the scores to 29-0 at the end of an entertaining tiet.
In pool stages, Mwamba survived a flight delay to see off Comras 46-0 before thrashing Kabras 26-5 and later edged out Nakuru 10-7.
Action moves to Nakuru for Prinsloo 7s this coming weekend.
Driftwood 7s Results:
Mwamba 46-0 Comras
Mwamba 26-5 Kabras
Mwamba 10-7 Nakuru
Mwamba 15-5 Western Bulls
Mwamba 17-12 Strathmore Leos
Mwamba 29-0 Nakuru RFC