Kabras, KCB seeded top for Tisap Sevens as hunt for National Sevens Circuit crown heads to Eldoret

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RUGBY Kabras, KCB seeded top for Tisap Sevens as hunt for National Sevens Circuit crown heads to Eldoret

Joel Omotto 09:54 - 25.08.2023

The Sugar Millers and the Bankers appear favourites to claim the National Sevens Circuit title but will have to up their performance in Eldoret to fend off rivals

Kabras Sugar and KCB have been seeded top for the penultimate leg of the National Sevens Circuit, the Tisap Sevens set to take place in Eldoret from September 2-3.

With Kabras Sugar leading arch-rivals KCB by just two points in the standings, it promises to be a thrilling weekend of sevens rugby as the quest to be crowned Kenyan club sevens champions in 2023 goes a notch higher.

KCB, winners of the Christie Sevens two weeks ago play out of Pool A that also features Blak Blad, Homeboyz and Mombasa RFC.

Strathmore Leos, losing finalists at the RFUEA Ground headline Pool B and will contend with the challenge from defending circuit champions Menengai Oilers, Catholic Monks, and Masinde Muliro.

Circuit leaders Kabras Sugar have Kenya Harlequin, Daystar Falcons, and Kisumu RFC to deal with in Pool C while Nakuru leads the charge in Pool D which also features Mwamba, Nondescripts, and the University of Eldoret Trojans who will be playing in the top tier in their home town.

Kabras Sugar’s lead at the top of the National Sevens Circuit standings was reduced to just two points following their third-place finish at the Christie Sevens in Nairobi.

KCB claimed the Christie Sevens title following a 17-12 win over Strathmore Leos in the Cup final to cut the Sugar Millers’ advantage with the leaders now on 80 points while the bankers have 78.

Victory saw KCB return to the winners’ podium for the second time after their cup triumph in the season-opening Dala Sevens before following it up with back-to-back third-place finishes at Driftwood and Prinsloo Sevens.

It was a tough outing for Kabras who had come into the tournament as heavy favourites, having reached the final of the opening three legs of the National Sevens Circuit, winning the last two, in Mombasa and Nakuru.

The two appear favourites for the overall crown and the Eldoret tournament might provide a clear picture of where the title is headed.

Kabras will, however, have to do it without flyhalf Jone Kubu who is serving an 11-match suspension for stamping on an opponent at the Christie Sevens.