After what seemed like an eternity (read a one week break) the Stanbic National sevens series is back this weekend at the Mambo Leo Showgrounds in Kisumu for the Dala Sevens.
A quick recap of how things have played out so far, KCB started off with a win in Kakamega, before Stanbic Mwamba came and blew the field apart at their home tournament in Meru. The black shirts sit two points above green ones at the top of the series standings, defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC are in 3rd, tied on 32 points with the 2016 series winners, Top Fry Nakuru RFC. More on this here
Series leaders and defending Dala champions Mwamba headline Pool A, where they will square it out against the Northern Suburbs, Resolution Impala and hosts Kisumu RFC. This should be a straightforward pool for Kulabu having already beaten the Suburbs convincingly in Meru, Impala should offer the biggest challenge here.
The impressive Menengai Oilers who bounced back in style in Meru after a faulty start in Kakamega will face off against MMUST, Strathmore and Western Bulls in what looks like a very tricky Pool B. The duo of MMUST and Strathmore have been very tricky customers in the series so far, expect a surprise from this pool.
Top Fry Nakuru RFC will be doing battle in Pool C, against Nondies, Mean Machine and Kabras Sugar RFC, in what is the tournament’s pool of death. Nondies have been consistently good so far in the series, they will be out to keep that form going and ensure Cup qualification, with Kabras making a return after pulling out of the Kabeberi 7s, they will want to make a statement here.
Machine are the dark horses in this one and while you cannot write off their chances of a cup quarter final, they will definitely have a say as to who makes that draw.
There are a two things that are certain in this series, somebody will complain about the ref and KCB will meet Homeboyz at some point. The two sides will square it out once again in Pool D, where they are joined by Blak blad and Vihiga Granites who were promoted from the second division after Kabeberi 7s.
The Lions will be out to consolidate the losses in Meru with a strong showing here, the same can be said of the DJs who have been lukewarm this far. The two seem like odd on favourites to make it to the cup draw, it will only be a matter of who finishes ahead of the other.
With the series now at the halfway point, this is where the wheat will be separated from the chaff, players will be battling for their individual places at the Kenya sevens as well as their team’s placing in the series table. In so many words, Kisumu biro bedo MALIET!
See you there!