By Tola Kofa [email protected]
A late try from the vibrant Cedric ‘Cedo’ Oronje gifted Daystar Falcons the Kabeberi Sevens Shield Cup in the ongoing National Sevens Circuit. The Falcons defeated Makueni RFC 24-19 in a game that was deadlocked 19-19 at full time, Cedo claiming the victory for Daystar in the sudden death period.
Falcons, who had been drawn with defending champions Homeboyz RFC, hosts Mwamba and Nondescripts in pool A, had an impressive start to the leg that saw them proceed to the Bowl quarters against University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine. However, they experienced a shocker as they lost to ‘Eschuma’ 12-0 in the quarters, settling for a place in the shield cup.
Rugby coach Caleb Bosire praised the team’s performance and their resilience to claim the shield cup, saying, “I’m proud of the team. We had a slow start into the season at the Driftwood Sevens and didn’t get to achieve our goal. The team, however, put that behind them at Kabeberi and impressed me.”
According to him, lack of training had affected the team’s performance but it managed to pick up.
“The players had just one week of training before they headed to Mombasa, forcing them to play while unfit,” Coach Bosire added.
The results place Falcons13thon the rankings with the chance of rising some places higher at the Prinsloo sevens.
“The break will help the team build up their momentum ahead of the next leg. We have a very young squad that is ready to take up the challenge,” said Coach Bosire.
Other results saw Resolution Impala Saracens successfully retain the Kabeberi Sevens title with a 22-5 win over Menengai Oilers. The Oilers continued their excellent form into the new season to finish top of the table with the upcoming break. Menengai Head Coach, Gibson Weru, warned that their side is one to watch as they look to take over Kenyan rugby by storm.