The third leg of the national sevens circuit,Prinsloo 7s will take centre stage this weekend and defending circuit champions Homeboyz RFC will be out to defend their Prinsloo crown after a heartbreaking quarter final exit at the Kabeberi 7s.
Mwamba RFC is the most successful club at Prinsloo 7s.They have won four titles (2007,2008 2010 2011). KCB has three titles while hosts Nakuru, Homeboyz Rugby and Strathmore Leos have a title each.
Last five finals
Homeboyz beat Impala Saracens 24-17 in last years final courtesy of tries from Jeff Olouch and Leonard Mugaisi.
The Deejays had lost to Nakuru in the 2015 cup final in a clash which saw Nakuru skipper Geoffrey Ominde score and converted for a 7-5 win.It was a historic win for Wanyore who had failed to win the home tournament in eight years.
KCB dominated the tournament as from 2012 to 2014.They won the main cup three times in a row.(They the only side to have managed three titles in a row at Prinsloo).
In 2012 they KCB beat Nakuru 36-0 for the first ever Prinsloo 7s title.Despite Ian Indimuli being sent off for sin bin in the opening minutes,Oliver Mang’eni scored while Darwin Mukidza added two tries.Indimuli, Dennis Mwanja (currently the sevens coach at KCB) and Francis Mwita also scored as went on to be crowned champs.
The side managed to defend the title a year later by beating Impala Saracens 26-7 courtesy of Jacob Ojee’s brace and one try each from Benjamin Ojema and Darwin Mukidza.
In 2014 they Bankers came from behind to beat Nakuru 26-10 in the finals. Philip Owuor gave the home side an early lead but Salamba Edwin cancelled the try minutes later while Peter Kilonzo extended the lead.Charles Odhiambo’s try got Wanyore back to the game but Jacob Ojee and Oliver Mang’eni widened the gap for KCB’s win.
Host Nakuru will be hoping to bounce back after a dismall performance in Nairobi during the Kabeberi 7s where they picked eight points only.
They have a date with Kabeberi winners Impala Saracens, Blak Blad, and Nondies who have registered consistent performances in the last two tournaments (got 10 point at Driftwood and Kabeberi).
Series leaders Oilers will be looking to better their performance as they play at Prinsloo. Gibson Weru’s side exited at the Semi final stage at Driftwood and later made Kabeberi finals.
The side will be seeking to win the main cup this time round. They are however in a tricky group that has Quins who will be keen to avenge the 31-5 thrashing at Kabeberi.
Struggling Mwamba and returning (from second division) Western Bulls are other teams in the group.
After ending Homeboyz’ nine match unbeaten run during the Kabeberi quarters, Strathmore Leos find themselves in the same pool with Deejays.
Will Paul Murunga’s charges get a revenge or Leos will stand tall for the second time in a row? Homeboyz’s aim will be to do well in the competition to increase their chances of retaining the overall title.
They are in the same group with Mean Machine. The University of Nairobi side started off well in Mombasa but could not sparkle at Kabeberi.Ramseyfield Matekwa’s side has a chance to redeem themselves in Nakuru.
For the third time in row Kabras will be in Pool D. Charles Cardovillis charges collected 13 points from Driftwood and got 15 at Kabeberi.They will battle KCB who also showed an improved performance at Kabeberi. The bankers have dominated the Sugarmen in the longer version of the game. Kabras will be seeking to dominate the shorter version.
Promoted Catholic Monks and MKU Thika will be hoping to make a mark in the top division.
Pool A: Resolution Impala Saracens, Nondescripts, Top Fry Nakuru, Blak Blad
Pool B: Menengai Oilers, SportPesa Quins, Mwamba, Western Bulls
Pool C: Strathmore Leos, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Mean Machine, Mombasa
Pool D: Kabras Sugar, KCB, Catholic Monks, MKU Thika