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Top universities in KUSA7s title chase at TUM

Top rugby universities will be battling for Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) rugby seven’s series title set for this weekend at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM).

After winning the Nairobi meeting last weekend, Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) will be hoping to earn the overall title.

CUEA defeated Kenya University (KU) side Blak Blad 17-10 to lift the title on Sunday in Nairobi and will be battling with series leaders Jomo Kenyatta University if Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for the title.

With the season facing challenges of coronavirus, KUSA only managed to stage four series across the country and a win for both CUEA and JKUAT will win them the title.

Other teams expected at the final round included Nairobi University side Mean Machine, who won at home in the 6th placed play-offs in the hands of Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) 29-05.

With three legs already played, Egerton, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) and UON, TUM will be facing challenges from top universities.

According to KUSA secretary general Joseph Sandagi, they have had a few universities competing in the series unlike in the past where they had almost all universities competing in all series across the country.

Sandagi said that this time, they only have four meetings across the country unlike in the past because of the coronavirus issue that has affected their plans.

“We have had a few universities competing but we are still hoping that in the last in Mombasa, we shall have the best teams competing for the top title,” said Sandagi.

“As we host such events, we also adhere to the COVID-19 protocols and that is why some universities have opted out of the championships to avoid overcrowding,” said the SG.

He added that in the last two events, they have had challenges with coronavirus and heading forward, they have managed to overcome them, especially with finances.

“In the last three events, we have seen a steady rise in participants and the TUM leg has a good turnout. We hope to have a good and successful event,” said Sandagi.

With sevens coming to an end, they will be having the 15s leg that kicks off in October.

“We are intending to have a good ending and in October, we shall have the 15s meetings and we shall launch it soon,” concluded Sandagi.

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