Shaban saves KCB from Machine as Nakuru eliminates Mwamba to reach Kabeberi Semis

National 7s Series leaders Homeboyz will face off with  Kenya Harlequin in the Kabeberi 7s semis after winning their respective quarterfinal matches staged on Sunday at Machakos Stadium.
The second semi-final will see KCB tackle Nakuru who eliminated Mwamba. Shaban Ahmed’s late converted try saved the side who were on the brink of elimination. Ahmed gave the side an early lead but Mean Machine fought back and scored two tries to lead 12-7. Ahmed would land a try in the dying minutes and converted for a 14-12 win.
Mwamba stopped
Hosts Mwamba will not make a third straight appearance in the semis after they were eliminated at the quarters following a 22-17 loss to Nakuru.
Nakuru RFC scored first before Mwamba equalized with a try from Daniel Taabu. Matt Wanjia’s neck tackle on try box bound Nelson Oyoo saw them awarded a penalty try and Wanjia was sent off for a sin-bin. Geoffrey Ominde would then dance past Mwamba’s defence and send the side to 19-7 up.
In the second half, Nakuru hit the 22 point mark thanks to Donald Olouch’s try. Collins Injera’s introduction brought belief in Mwamba and Wanjia cut the scores with an unconverted try. Nakuru were reduced six men and Injera got his name on the scoresheet for a 22-17.
Kabras falls 
Kenya Harlequins ran over Kabras to reach the last four. Victor Sudi charges managed a 31-14 win over the Sugarmen. Frank Wanyama bagged two tries for Quins while Brian Tanga and Aluda Beda combined with the latter going over for a converted try. Quins held on to lead 12-7 at the break.

In the second half, Patrice Agunda’d big carry saw the Ngong road based side extend the lead with a converted try. Two more tries widened the gap for Quins. Wanyama was sin-binned after tackling Dan Sikuta who did not have the ball. Kabras only managed one converted try through Nick Baraza. It is the third time in a row that Kabras are falling at the quarters.

Homeboyz chase on

Series leaders Homeboyz beat spirited Blak Blad 24-12 in the first quarterfinal. The Deejays opening try was by Brian Wandera who paced down the right wing, fended off Brain Wahinya’s challenge and dotted to hand the side a 5-0 lead. The student’s reply came immediately with Arcadius Kwesa leaving Michael Wanjala well beaten to tie the scores. Wahinya’s conversion saw them lead 7-5.
Leonard Mugaisi restored the lead, while Johnstone Olindi’s conversion saw them move to 12 points. The Deejays would add two more tries in the closing half and while Blad managed one converted try.

Impala, MMUST, Nothern Suburbs and Kisumu have been relegated after dropping to the 13th place. They will be hoping to land an invitation in Mombasa’s Driftwood 7s.
Main Cup semis 
Homeboyz vs Quins
Nakuru vs KCB
Fifth place semis
Blad vs Kabras
Mwamba vs Machine
Challenge Trophy Semifinal
Oilers vs Nondies
Strathmore vs Kisii 
13th Place Semifinal
Kisumu vs MMUST
Impala vs Suburbs 
Main Cup quarters
Homeboyz 24-14 Blakblad
Kabras 14-31 Harlequins
Mwamba 12-22 Nakuru
KCB 14-12 Machine
Challenge trophy Quarters
Oilers 19-7 Kisumu
Nondies 14-7 MMUST
Strathmore 24-19 Impala 
Kisii  14-10Suburbs

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