Leos Hold Off KCB To Clinch Historic Christie Stevens Title

Leos Hold Off KCB To Clinch Historic Christie Stevens Title

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,29TH MAY,2022-Strathmore Leos are the new Christie Sevens Champions after defeating defending Champions KCB RFC 15-10 in an epic final played at the RFUEA Grounds Nairobi. 

Victory saw Leos win the first ever piece of major since they were founded with Louis Kisia’s men scoring three unconverted tries against their fancied opponents who managed two unconverted tries.

On their way to the finals Leos outclassed Western Bulls 29-07 in the semifinals while KCB RFC narrowly edged Menengai Oilers 17-12 in their last four clash.

Oilers finished in the bronze position after defeating Western Bulls 12-07 in the third place playoff.

The final was delayed for an hour to allow other division two finals to be played but when the centre referee was ready for the finals all the stadium was up cheering their sides.

Leos hooker Philemon Olang who was later named as Christie sevens MVP rised to the occasion scoring the first try in the first seconds after kickoff when the ball was offloaded to him by Richard Omendo but

Festus safari missed the twos to give his side a 05-00 lead.

It was a speedy game from kickoff once again this time round Leos Captain Barnabas Owuor winning the ball after a successful pass from Olang to run to the furthest right corner to score their second try Safari missing the conversion to make it 10-00.

KCB’S Bob Muhati scored their first try after a well passing game from captain Jacob Ojee and Michael Wanjala, Levy Amunga missing the extras to bring the game to 05-10.

Leos continued looking the more organised team this time Mathew Mugaya scoring Leos third try Safari missing the conversion to make it 15-05 at halftime.

Second half was more tactical with Leos winning three scrums against four scrums won by the Ruaraka-based side.

Levy Amunga produced a magnificent run in the dying minutes of the game running through Leos defense to score KCB second try, missing the conversion to make it 10-15 at full time.

Leos Philemon Olang was named the most valuable player while Homeboyz RFC Hermon Wamalwa was the top try scorer and the player with most points 60.

Patrick Odongo from Daystar falcons was named the most promising player.

Challenge trophy

Homeboyz 26-14 Daystar falcons

5th place final

Mwamba RFC 26-05 Kenya Harlequins

Bronze final

Menengai Oilers 12-07 Western Bulls

Final

Strathmore Leos 15-10 KCB RF

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