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Kabeberi sevens: Impala Saracens defends title

Kabeberi sevens champions Impala Saracens successfully retained the trophy they won last year at RFUEA Ground over the weekend.

Impala won against first rising Menengai Oilers 22-05 to retain the trophy that memorises rugby players and officials who passed on while in line of duty.

Tries from Samuel Motari, Mark Kwemoi, Paul Mutsami and Ian Minjire were enough to see the Sarries, who led 17-0 at the break blow away Oilers. But not before Kwemoi converted his own try.

They might have scored only one try through Derrick Kimani but it was a great show from Oilers, who are just on their second season in the National Sevens Circuit.

Strathmore Leos, the 2009 National Sevens Circuit champions, finished third after thumping Christie Sevens champions Kabras Sugar 21-12 in the play-off.

Oilers had finished third at Driftwood Sevens, the opening leg of the National Sevens Circuit, the previous weekend where they beat Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi 21-5 in the play-off.

It was also a great improvement for Resolution sponsored Impala, who finished sixth at Driftwood Sevens.

Impala Saracens crushed Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) 17-0 in the quarters before edging out Christie Sevens champions Kabras Sugar 24-15 in the semis to set up an Oilers final showdown.

Oilers, who are handled by former Kenya Sevens player Gibson Weru, stopped Kenya Harlequin 31-5 in the quarters, before Harold Anduvate sealed a hat trick of tries at the death as Weru’s charges bundled out Strathmore Leos 22-17 in the semis.

Impala got off to a sterling start when Mutsami sliced through the middle before laying out Motari from a tackle to score. Kwemoi missed the conversion.

Mutsami was fouled by Hughes Anjera after some good exchange with Minjire and Davis Makori. Anjera was to be sin-binned.

The daring Oilers still launched their attacks with one man less but an awful intercept by Minjire in their 5metres area proved their undoing. Minjire sprinted all the way to score.

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