Mwamba edged series leaders Homeboyz 17-0 to win the Dala Sevens at the Mamboleo showground in Kisumu yesterday.
It was sweet victory for Kulabu after near misses in the last three legs. They lost twice to Homeboyz in the Prinsloo (12-7) and Sepetuka Sevens (25-0) respectively last month. Mwamba also lost to Nakuru 12-7 a fortnight ago in the Driftwood Sevens final in Mombasa.
In a tense final, both teams were evenly matched for long spells in the first half before this season’s sensation Daniel Taabu crossed the whitewash for a 5-0 lead. Kenya Sevens’ skipper Oscar Ayodi would have levelled matters for the Deejays but dropped the ball with the try line at his mercy just before the interval. Mwamba led 5-0 at the break.
On resumption, Mwamba stepped up a gear and were rewarded when Eliakim Kichoi found Kenya Sevens talisman Collins Injera, who darted in between two defenders to score at the corner for a unconverted try and a 12-0 lead. Kichoi then put the nail in Homeboyz’s coffin when he sprinted 50 meters unchallenged at the death to score Mwamba’s third try to seal the title.
In the semifinals, Mwamba edged KCB 20-7 with tries from Greg Odhiambo (double), Eliakim Kichoi and Daniel Taabu. Shaban Ahmed scored the lone consolation try for the bankers. Homeboyz edged Impala 19-12 in the second semi with skipper Leonard Mugaisi scoring twice and Richard Alai once for the Deejays. Impala were awarded penalty try with Derrick Mayar scoring in the second half. Impala edged KCB 12-7 to take third place with Nondies beating Quins 19-7 to finish fifth.