Topping Kenya Cup standings for the first time in history, a second place finish in the National 7s Circuit and a third place finish in the Impala floodlit tournament was how Homeboyz Rugby fared on in the 2017 calendar Year.
In the 15s version, the side played 20 matches, picked 16 wins (13 wins being in Kenya Cup matches), one draw, three losses. Only Kabras and KCB were able to beat Paul Murunga’s side in 2017. In those 20 matches the Deejays scored 593 points and conceded 374 points.
Their 2017 journey started at the Jamhuri Park where they edged Kenya Harlequins 15-10. Homeboyz then went on to beat Impala, Mwamba, Mean Machine, KCB (in Ruaraka), Blak Blad,Kabras, Western Bulls,Nakuru RFC for a nine match unbeaten run in Kenya Cup. The winning run came to an end when they were held to 28-28 draw by Nondescript.
The side topped the standing with 67 points and booked a slot in the Kenya Cup semifinals. In 2015/16 season they had finished fourth while in 2014/15 they finished eighth. In the Kenya Cup semifinals, Kabras RFC managed to outwit them for 22-17 win at Jamhuri Grounds. It was the first loss in 2017 for Paul Murunga charges.
Despite Kabras having ended their dream to win Kenya Cup, the side had a chance to cap their good run with a win in the Enterprise Cup. The Deejays beat Western Bulls 34-22 to keep the dream alive, got a walk over against Strathmore Leos. KCB however ensured that the Jamhuri based side ended the season trophy-less after handing them a 11-9 defeat at Ruaraka Grounds.
The Deejays shifted focus on defending the National 7s Circuit title which they had won in 2016. Flawless performance in Mombasa saw the side win the Drifwood 7s cup after beating Nakuru 17-7. At Kabereri 7s the side finished sixth before rising to the third position at Prinsloo 7s.
Final 7s journey
In their home tournament, Sepetuka 7s hosted in Eldoret, Homeboyz finished third to keep their title defence alive. Their campaign at Christie ended at the fifth place semis but they still had a chance to defend the title. With day one of Dala 7s being predictable due to withdrawal of big wigs, Kabras and Impala who were chasing the overall title topped their groups and booked a quarterfinal slot.
Blad Blad would then excluded Impala from the race by handing them a defeat at the quarters. Homeboyz chances to defend the crown received a major boost after they beat Blak Blad for a final slot while Kabras fell to KCB in the other semifinal. A win for Kabras against Blad in the third place clash meant that they had 17 points from the tournament and they were enough for them to dethrone Paul Murunga’s side. Homeboyz managed to beat KCB to win Dala 7s and 22 points gained earned them a second place finish just two points behinds Kabras who got 102.
Back to 15s
In the 15’s preseason, the Deejays beat Kenya Harlequins 20-16, lost to KCB 18-16 and beat Mean Machine 34-22 to finish third in the Impala floodlit tournament. The side has had an impressive start in the Kenya Cup 2017/18.
They have collected four bonus points, having beaten Kenya Harlequins, Nondies, Impala and Kisii RFC. They are placed second on the Kenya Cup standings with 20 points from four matches.
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