Homeboyz RFC have three chances to defend their Driftwood sevens title to claim their third National Sevens Rugby title series in Mombasa.
The champions will face off with Kisii in the quarter final while Mwamba are up against series champion Kabras Sugar, Nakuru play neighbours Menengai Oilers as Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) play Nondescripts in the Driftwood Sevens that enters the quarterfinal stage Sunday at the Mombasa Sports Club.
Top try maker Mark Wandeto touched down four tries as Homeboyz crushed Northern Suburbs 38-5 to top Pool “A”
However, it’s the Northern Suburbs, who drew the first blood when Wilson Juma outpaced his markers for the first try, which went unconverted.
Homeboyz came back strongly with Kenya Sevens skipper Oscar Ayodi and Jeff Oluoch scoring a try each. Wandeto would score a double for the Deejays, who led 26-5 at the break, before adding two more tries in the second half.
Earlier, Homeboyz had beaten hosts Mombasa 19-5 and Menengai Oilers 22-5 to win the pool. Oilers beat Suburbs 17-0 and Mombasa 12-5 to join the Deejays in the cup quarters from the pool.
Northern Suburbs were a late replacement from Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi, who were involved in a road accident near Mtito Andei, while travelling to Mombasa alongside Blak Blad from Kenyatta University on Friday night.
Blak Blad secretary Motto Williams disclosed that their bus rolled after being hit by a lorry that was being driven on the wrong lane.
Five players got major injuries and were taken to Mtito Andei Hospital before being transferred to Kibwezi Hospital and Nairobi for further medical attention.
Kisii stunned Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), who replaced Blak Blad, 17-5 before beating Kisumu 22-0 qualify for main Cup despite losing to Nakuru 12-0. Nakuru won the pool with Kisii finishing second.
Nondies shocked Mwamba 24-12 in their Pool “D” opener before beating Makueni 12-0 to qualify from Pool “D” despite losing to Kenya Harlequin 22-17. Mwamba defeated Quins 22-17 to sail through.
Nakuru, who lost to Homeboyz 19-7 at Kebebri Sevens final last weekend, are optimistic of winning Driftwood.
“My boys are playing very well and have all it takes to bag this year’s Driftwood Sevens which is our main target for now”, said Nakuru coach Mitch Ocholla.
In other matches at the same venue, Kenya Commercial Bank defeated Strathmore University 24-5, Kabras 24-0 and Impala 5-0 to top Pool “C” and sail through.
Challenge Trophy quarterfinals
Homeboyz v Resolution Kisii, Mwamba v Kabras Sugar, Nakuru v Menengai Oilers, KCB v Nondescripts.