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First ever overall title in the National 7s Circuit,main Cup win at the Christie, Sepetuka 7s, an appearance in the Kenya Cup and Enterprise final. That was Kabras in 2017.

Out of 20 rugby 15s matches played in 2017, the Sugarmen managed 14 wins (12 coming from Kenya Cup matches). They side lost six in 2017. At Kakamega Showground the side played 10 matches, won eight and lost just two. Only Nakuru RFC and Kenya Harlequins managed to leave Kakamega with maximum points.

593 Points

The 2016 Kenya Cup champions scored a total of 593 points in 2017 and conceded 380. They commenced their 2017 matches with an away win against Mwamba RFC. Their second match was a narrow home loss to Nakuru RFC and suffered another loss to KCB at the KCB sports Club. The Kakamega based side bounced back to winning ways beating Nondies, Blak Blad and Strathmore Leos.

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Their winning run was however cut short at Jamhuri Park after Homeboyz outwitted them for a 34-22 win. Another loss came seven days later falling Quins in Kakamega. The side returned to winning ways as the hosted Impala and another win against Western Bulls ensured that they booked a playoff spot after finished fifth on the standings.

Double loss against KCB 

In the playoffs, the Sugarmen saw off Impala, sneaked to the final after a 22-17 win over Homeboyz at Jamhuri Park. Under the leadership of Coach Anthony Ogot the side was hoping to defend the Kenya Cup title but were outclassed by KCB who beat them 36-8 to be crowned champions. It was their biggest loss in 2017.

The side shifted focus on the Enterprise Cup and hammered Nondies in the quarters, narrowly beat Impala in Kakamega and got a date with KCB once again in the finals.  A spirited fight saw the side lose narrowly 27-23.

Kabras head coach Charles Cardovillis

Having ended the 15s season trophy less, the side brought on board former Kenya Harlequins coach Charles Cardovillis as their head coach replacing Ogot who had served in the capacility following the exit of Australian coach Mike Bishop. Cardovills first assignment was to lead the Kabras in the 7s Circuit.

Read:Kenya 7s 2017 report card

The first competitive assignment for Cardovillis was in the Driftwood 7s. Day one saw the side register a 100% win record beating KCA, Nondies and Strathmore. In those three games the side never conceded. Their fine run came to an end after they fell to rivals Nakuru in the quarters. The side however went on to beat Ngong based clubs Quins and Impala for fifth place finish. Seven days later the side went past the quarters In the Kabeberi 7s but missed a final slot after they lost Impala Saracens. A win against Strathmore Leos in the third playoffs ensured a podium finish for Kabras.

Another loss to Nakuru

In Nakuru, Wanyore denied the side a semifinals berth and they once again picked a fifth place spot. The side would put up an impressive performance in Eldoret and beat Impala Saracens 26-7 in the finals to be crowned Champions at Sepetuka 7s.

14 days later, Ugandan International Philip Wokarach scintillating performance helped Kabras to make a return to the main Cup final. In the finals beat Impala once again and won Christie 7s. The win meant that they had successfully defended the Christie 7s title which they won a year earlier. Cardovillis coached also became the first side to win back to back main cup finals in the 2017 season which was quite tough and unpredictable.

Philip Wokorach kick during Dala 7s. He played a major role as Kabras won Christie

The side travelled to Kisumu for Dala 7s (final leg), with 85 points, seven ahead of defending champions Homeboyz RFC and five more than what second placed Impala Saracens had. On the final day of the tournament, Impala Saracens bowed out of the race after suffering a defeat to Blak Blad. It became a two horse race following the exit of Impala. The race got more interesting when Kabras were locked out of the main cup title after falling to KCB in the semis. A main cup win for Homeboyz and fourth place finish for Kabras would see the sides tie at 100 points and the winner would be decided by the number of points scored.

It was not smooth for the Sugarmillers in the third playoffs, they had to play with five men at some point after Dan Sikuta and Philip Wokorach got sent off. The side managed to hold on for a 19-7 victory that earned 17 points. Their overall tally in all the legs was 102 points and Kabras were crowned overall winners of the National 7s Series. This was not only historic for the club which is just four years old but also for their boss Charles Cardovillis who just months old into the job the Kabras job.

Kabras players pose with the 2017 trophies.

In the transfer window the Sugarmen went on to sign 10 players among Uganda international Asuman Mugerwa,  Kenyan International Bram Mayaka, Kenya Harlequins fly half Kevin Keegan and Homeboyz lock Andrew Chogo to bolster their ranks. Despite not being active in the preseason the side has had a 100% win record in the 2017/18 season.

They started off with a 29-22 win over Mwamba, hit Strathmore Leos 44-13, beat Nakuru 30-6 while their final match of the year was an emphatic win over Mombasa RFC. From the four Kenya Cup played, the Kakamega based side has scored 180 points (only Quins has scored more, 181). They have conceded 44 points which places them second on the list of meanest side in Kenya Cup.

Kabras is placed third with 19 points.

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