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KUSA 7s: Machine thump DeKUT,book Strathmore date in semis

Mean Machine are through to the semi finals at the ongoing Kenya University’s Sports Association (KUSA)  7s after a 19-0 win over Dedan Kimathi in a quarter final clash played at the UoN grounds on Saturday 4 August. 
Buoyed by a partisan home crowd, Machine took the lead courtesy of a try by Edward Maroko which was converted by Valentine Odoyo.
Odoyo would soon afterwards convert his own try, extending Machine’s lead to 14-0 at the interval.
The script did not change in the second half with Machine enjoying the lion share of possession and they were rewarded as Charles Kinyanjui crossed the chalk for a try but Festus Shiasi’s attempted conversion sailed wide.
With the win, Machine have set up a mouthwatering semi final duel against Strathmore Leos on Sunday morning.
Strathmore survives 
Strathmore Leos had to come from behind to see off a resolute Kabarak outfit 28-5.
The Nakuru side had taken an early lead from kick off as Charles Shabaya won possession before sprinting to the whitewash for an unconverted try, handing his side a 5-0 haltime lead.
After resumption, Strathmore was awarded a penalty try following an infringement by a Kabarak player before Arnold Muita converted Brian Alukwe’s try to send Strathmore 14-5 up.
Richard Omedo then struck a brace to seal an emphatic comeback win for the Madaraka side.
MMUST,Blad through
Meanwhile, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) remained in contention for the overall title following a 21-5 win over Africa Nazarene University in the cup quarter finals.
MMUST took an early 14-0 lead thanks to two converted tries by Simon Wekesa before Kevin Kamau cut the deficit for Nazarene with an unconverted try.
The KRU Championship participants secured the win with a converted try in the second half.
Also through to the cup semi finals are log leaders Blak Blad who labored to eliminate Zetech 10-7 in the last quarter final .
Cup quarters 
Mean Machine 19-0 DeKUT
Strathmore 28-5 Kabarak
Nazarene 5-21 MMUST
Blak Blad 10-7 Zetech
Sunday 5 August
Cup semis
Mean Machine v Strathmore
Blak Blad v MMUST
Bowl semis
9:00am Co-operative v Catholic Monks
9:20am MMU v Meru
Shield semis
9:40am DeKUT v Kabarak
10:00am Zetech v Nazarene

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