The National 7s Circuit has always spiced up the Kenya Rugby season since its inception in 1999.
The six-legged competition has been played for 21 consecutive years before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 showpiece.
KCB are the defending Champions having reclaimed the title in 2019 after waiting for four years. The Bankers won the title after accumulating a total of 116 points.
Here, The Scrummage takes a look at the statistics from the past three seasons which have seen Kabras Sugar and Homeboyz also win titles.
Most final appearances
In the last three seasons, Homeboyz have made more final appearances (9) and have won the most Cup titles (6). Between 2017 and 2018, the Deejays, who were then under Paul Murunga, made it to seven finals and lost once.
Since his exit, the side managed just two finals in the 2019 National 7s campaign and won none. The performances under “Pau” see the side with a 66.67 % winning rate while in the finals.
KCB under coach Dennis Mwanja has had a good run in the finals in the last three seasons. The Bankers have been to six finals and lost once for a winning percentage of 83.33. Their last loss in a National 7s Circuit was on the final day of the 2017 National 7s Campaign where they narrowly lost 12-10 to Homeboyz during Dala 7s on 22 October 2017.
- 2019 Final National 7s Circuit Standings
- Past National 7s Circuit winners
- Longest winning streaks in Kenya Cup since 2014
- Longest winning streaks in KRU Championship since 2017
Earlier that season, they had won Prinsloo 7s and in 2019 they were into four finals (Kakamega, Dala, Christie and Driftwood 7s) and won all. In 2018, Mwanja’s charges failed to reach any final.
Mwamba have a 50% win record while in the finals, winning three of their last six final appearances. In 2017, they never made it to a final while in 2018 they played in four finals and won once. In 2019, Kulabu won all the two finals they played in.
Impala and Nakuru have been to four finals each, winning once while Oilers are still in search of the maiden win in a final having lost in the last three appearances. Kabras have 100% win record in the finals having won in their last two appearances (2017 Christie and Sepetuka finals).
Most Bronze wins
Impala, led by former Kenyan International Oscar Osir, have registered the most bronze wins in the last three seasons. They had two bronze medals in the 2018 season (at Prinsloo and Dala) and two more in the 2019 season (Dala and Christie).
All of KCB’s bronze medals in the last three seasons came in the 2018 season. They finished third in three consecutive tournaments (Sepetuka, Kabeberi, Driftwood). Nakuru have also had three third-place finishes, two of those came last season (at Kabeberi and their home tournament; Prinsloo).
Overall log after 18 tournaments
From the 2017 Driftwood 7s to 2019’s Driftwood, a total of 18 tournaments have been played. Homeboyz’ worst finish in a tournament in the last three seasons was during the 2017 season where they finished sixth at Kabeberi 7s. In the other 17 tournaments, they have managed at least a fifth-place or higher than that.
Their consistency puts them top of the overall log for the last three seasons with 314 points following 100 Points in 2017, 122 in 2018 and 92 in 2019. KCB occupy the second spot with 296 points from the last 18 tournaments while Nakuru and Mwamba have picked 243 and 237 points respectively.
Impala complete the top five with 230 points.
Most final appearances in the last three seasons:
Winning %: 66.67
Winning %: 83.33
winning %: 50
winning %: 25
Winning %: 0
Winning percentage: 100%
Most Third place finishes
Most fourth-place finishes