Suffering Safari 7s?

After an emphatic rugby scene all through the year for the season 2015/2016 we are now done and dusted with the happenings of the same. We are just days away from kicking off the Kenya Cup 2016/2017 stretch, looking at the past season- things can only get better.

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But before I prod on about Kabras Sugar and their prospects or the Resolute Impala and of course the Kenya cup II, there is an elephant in the room that will not be done away with easily. The just concluded Safari Sevens, I would have added festival at the end but clearly things were more somber than what the name would suggest.

A number of things quite didn’t click as they should and tough lessons were learnt, whether or not the points got home I wouldn’t know. But as the respective persons go about collecting post-tournament sentiments on what went wrong, I retreated back to my shanty, some 200-300km away from the city of concrete and glass, bewildered, how a first live experience for me turned out to be a cold affair.

Two months of fantastic rugby action couldn’t possibly culminate to a skeleton of an event, attended by more tagged officials and vendors than there were fans. Well, quite a number of things went south prior to the event, completing a full list of issues would be tough. Conflicting interests, personalities and such are allowed for a variety, but I harnessed my points I thought were left in the gutter when all came down to preparations for the event.

Do not undermine the power of Marketing

There is a reason most banks still have stands in corporate events or in institutions albeit setting a footprint in the market. Competition is rife, and you need to be aggressive. So here is the scenario as painted by the Chair of the Kenya Rugby Union; they had Ksh. 5,000,000 for marketing and then it was a case of spending the money and not getting a return or keeping it and diverting the use.

Now that is somewhat a lukewarm reason to give, I have to say, considering you had all the money purposefully for marketing bit opted to divert all that to the bank, leaving pennies to do the job. You don’t take rugby fanatics at large for granted, that’s creating an assumption “They will come, like they always do- its Safari 7s, it always happened this time of the year, they know”

Invest in marketing; I’m no pro-marketer but it is basic that proper marketing sells a brand.

Check your schedule and invites too

The said weekend of the Safari 7s was also host to the classic cars event, Concurs de elegance (damn it, this name, lol). Being civic its common sense to know that we would have to struggle to get attendees with the latter. What to do to win, well point one was it, marketing, intense marketing!

It is quite a dilemma to choose between watching rugby and heading to the car section and mesmerize at the wonders of man, cars. They said well known staunch ones were at Concurs, right?

On matters invites, clearly what killed the weekend are the Africa cup games, half a century scores in a third of the games, plenty of one sided scenes. That’s boring. On to Safari 7s the blend wasn’t perfect either but at least there was some better display.

Look at the records and you will see that we are having a decline in the standards set, where are the regulars, Emerging boks? We had set a certain niche of teams to play and we are slowly going beneath it if we are not carefull

Play along the economy of the masses

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Ticket pricing was just fine for the weekend, with a season ticket going for 800/= and advanced at 300/= that was fair pricing. Now the issue is at commodities being sold at the venue and the villages, I wouldn’t blame the vendors they are just passing on the burden to the consumers.

Where it all starts? At the tendering end, vendors pay so much a fortune and pass on exorbitant prices of snacks and drinks to the attendees. Why charge so much that you scare people away?

Moderation at making profits please, take it old school first, get the crowds have them swell and then little by little up the stakes.

It might be or not be the locality

Kasarani  Stadium wasn’t a bad choice , as much as the major talk out there points at the venue, it really wasn’t the reason of the poor turnout. People were willing the see the stealth and skill of Aluda Beda, the fantastic display of Brian Tanga but they were just not convinced enough to pay.

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You have to know what your 500, 300, 800 is worth, right? That’s marketing failure. Kasarani has facilities we could hardly find in other venues, it has the capacity, for a World Rugby series but not local scene- before you smirk at that, the reality is,  we have failed to fill it up!

Someone should have counter checked at the previous numbers and trends before recommending Kasarani but then again, our sponsorship ties to Safaricom really had us swallow the hook, line and sinker.

Let us grow our game

I won’t lie that it has crossed my mind that having our games go live, has somehow played a bit in killing the norm. The norm being, attending the event itself, some enthusiasts have opted to rather seat at the comfort of their homes and flip the channels to watch games as opposed to tradition.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of them are part of the complaining group about the event, you didn’t attend now you are passing criticism, unless it is on the marketing and economy of tickets front, which I would understand. Let’s not kill our games and later on turn to gorge each other as we shift blame game on who did and did not do what, when and where.

In another parallel camp, the Floodies are about two days away, lets focus on that while we contemplate the Safari 7s

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Mid-Ego, Dala 7s

It has been an open season at the National 7s circuit, which has been a long time coming, I cannot recall the last time we had three different cup winners in the opening three legs. The impressive stats collection and a wider coverage, viewership of the games- thanks to Zuku and K24 Tv, the game is more at home and able stats on players, teams performance alike, are out of the unexplored foray.

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The fourth leg, Dala 7s, takes place this weekend at the lake side city of Kisumu, an action packed three days- four for Division 2 teams, full of Rugby, Sun and fish! That sums up our first weekend of September as rugby enthusiasts. Back in round two, if you were kind enough to go through my blog post, I did quite an impressive score with the Kabeberi 7s watch list, there might have been a few flaws on the results after the games, but I know you chaps are humane and would understand.

To err is to man

Moving on…

It has been a while since I featured a guest and this week I am ‘shaking things up’ a pence more.

Joining my esteemed line of guests at my ‘sideline bench’ is probably (well, arguably) your favorite chap at the rugby venues. You don’t have to know him, to like/love him, but anytime he directs his tool of trade at you, you sure curve a candid charmed smile.He is the chap that has you tagged to your browser, flipping things around to see if you have ‘one’ done professionally, to throw around your Instagram and profiles with subtle captions and exquisite tags.

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Credits to him too, for distinct pictures that end up as funniest of memes we see after every tourney. These chaps are a taciturn funny lot.

The Mid-Ego thoughts

Applause & drum rolls for Mid-Ego Photography’s finest, Eric ‘Chichi’ Onchiri  as he takes us through the sevens circuit, the past three legs , a tale or two on his fad for rugby photos and what he makes of Dala Sevens.

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Eric ‘Chichi’ Onchiri, mtu wa picha!

Here is what he had to say;

TB: You obviously cover many events and themes what’s unique about rugby photography in your profession?

Eric: When it comes to sports photography, every photographer has his own favorite sport. For me I just love rugby in so many ways, the anticipation, energy, action and the atmosphere that comes with it. The hand-offs, tackles, tries, side steps are some of the things that makes it unique in shooting the sport.

Three legs already played in the National 7s circuit, three different winners, what do you make of the 2016 season compared to last years’ (2015)?

The sevens circuit so far is competitive and I love the spirit of competition it instills in our teams. Seeing different teams stepping up and exchanging places at the podium shows the level of competition in the game has really grown. The most exciting thing about this season is the how most of the teams believe in the younger generation of players. The likes of Menengai Oilers, Blak blad, Daystar, Impala, Western bulls and Mwamba who have featured players who have played for the first time in the seven circuit.

The National 7s circuit has five stops this year; Nairobi twice, Nakuru , Kisumu and Mombasa with the addition of Nanyuki, what town sums up as your favorite?

Mombasa – it’s always that time of the year whereby I usually get the chance to tour the coastal side of Kenya. Last year I visited the south coast area to explore the beaches on that side. This year I was briefly attended the Mombasa festival which was taking place along Mama Ngina Streeet. The rugby pundits usually call this leg…Tuwaa ya Ubaba

Do you have that one or two or three memorable rugby fixture that was/is most thrilling you ever watched?

The Kenya Simba fifteens match against Uganda in the Africa Cup tier 1A (that doubled up as the second leg of the Elgon cup) is the ‘one’… it was a very thrilling encounter to watch.

What team do you vouch for to take the overall cup at the end of the six legs? Why?

By the look of things, Homeboyz have what it takes to claim the overall trophy. However anything can happen in the remaining legs with the inclusion of experienced players in some of the clubs.

Your pictures are widely used in media platforms, and some generate the funniest of memes around, do you have a favorite meme?

*laughs away*

The Bench thinks, they must be many.

Heading to Dala 7s at Kisumu, which teams do you think: Will make it to the top four (cup semis) & Will be a probable source of upsets?

Top four finishers will be Kenya Harlequins,Kabras, Homeboyz,Impala Saracens as for the upsets I highly tip  Menengai Oilers and Blak blad

Views from the Bench

Now that we have done digested sentiments from the man himself, I head out to draft a comparison sheet for the Dala 7s , just to give that photo guy a head-t0-head on the top four finishers…

Getting into the main cup quarters I fully agree on Kenya Harlequins, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Resolution Impala Saracens but just about a question mark on Kabras Sugar. A thing to do with the guts and ‘its feelings’, for their slot I would be jilted not to see KCB at the semis.

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Kabras’ Choke slums better not happen in Dala, lol. 

On the matter to d with up sets Blak blad is a good pick, from a different view I guess they have out grown the ‘minnows in division 1’ tag… I would choose the not-so-lucky Western Bulls instead. Menengai Oilers are just the perfect up-setters.

Now that we have cast our stones on Dala Sevens, how about we sort out hizo travelling plans… I mean, its Wadhi Dala, after all they also have sandy lake side beaches.

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Kabeberi 7s watch list

The shutters are done being rattled and the dust is nearly settled. It’s a petty excuse, but I had to wait till the first leg of the 7s circuit kicked off so that I can dent my thoughts around, irk a few chaps and sway a few others.

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Le Tour season is back!

Prinsloo Sevens set the ball rolling with a superb line of matches over at NSC, I would not bore my readers with reiteration of the happenings but hey, Resolution Kisii is that team to beat! Yes? Whatever happened to the crowd movers, Nakuru RFC, I expected a final cup show down for them. Tables turn at some point and with a slack start in the circuit, defending the title might prove to be a tall order- but then again, it is too early to cast bricks, sticks and stones.

The tit bits that matter

Here are the important details to mind as we head to round two:

There is a resurgence of the Resolution Group: Impala and Kisii RFCs have quite shown the grit, and that goes an extra mile to show you what a good sponsorship scheme and club management can do. Proper training regimes and player mentality too.

Are we headed for open season: I looked at the pools for Prinsloo, trust me, Homeboyz was in mind but not for a cup scoop, I didn’t think they would go that far and they did it. When was the last time the Deejays won the cup final, last season me thinks & it was once, correct me if I am wrong. Should we expect a new cup winner each weekend? With the emergence of Resolution group and also the new ‘fad in town’, upsets galore!

As much as it is pitch central, let’s keep the affairs of the fanatics at heart: A trip to NaxVegas is a usual schedule to many rugby enthusiasts and the ‘Social’ travelers. The few I have spoken too wouldn’t mind a gate ticket to go for 500, Great Rift 10s 2015/14 had the gate charges at that price but still the crowds were massive. For other legs it’s usually a paining situation to charge that much, low turnout numbers are registered on comparison to Nakuru. Well I am not advocating for ticketing prices change here but be economical and let the fans enjoy the worth of ‘damages’.  Quick one here, Kabeberi  7s will have a Kids corner… Well done! Very well done!

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Kulabu’s ad on Kids corner.

The Kabeberi Sevens, 12-13 August, RFUEA Grounds

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The Kabeberi 7s

With that said, heading to the Kabeberi 7s I sort to pick out a number of teams, precisely four to be on the ‘Watch list’, two ‘Upsetters’ & maybe a match or three under ‘MAKE-SURE-YOU-ARE-NOT-AT-THE-FOOD-STANDS’          when they kick off, be at the stands!

The Watch List

Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Top Fry Nakuru, Kabras Sugar, Resolution Impala Saracens & Kisii RFC.

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Homeboyz rugby celebrating the Prinsloo win, credits Ragahouse.com

The Deejays have an entourage of former Strathmore Leos players, majority that featured for the latter in the 2015 circuit. And going by Nakuru, they are doing just fine with a lead in the standings. Nakuru will seek to avenge their home ground under-performance and of course the aspect of Oyoo and Ominde to me! Impala Saracens- a very good 15s season and quite a start in the 7s season.

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Resolution Kisii RFC

Resolution Kisii RFC, the crowd movers so far in the circuit, and with such immense support they have an obligation to perform. They have a good track record so far in the season, stretching from Masaku 7s.

The up sets

Catholic Monks are that team, we all know what they did at Nakuru against Impala, and if they bring the same grit to Nairobi, expect some marvelous play.

Make sure you are at the stands when….

There are some matches you should not afford to miss for whatever reason, please make sure you be at the stands when matches are on, especially the following:

Homeboys vs Nakuru,

Resolution Impala vs Kabras Sugar

Catholic Monks vs Menengai Oilers

Strathmore Leos vs Resolution Kisii RFC – The rerun, derby kuruka!

There goes my two cents champs, see you at Kabeberi 7s. And what about the “Kenya 7s and other Short stories” book, have you read it? A post for another time.

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To use or not: Supplements

A few years back when I joined rugby, the sport was pure as a new born baby with un-relative little following around the world compared to the masses who keep up with the happenings of the sort today.

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The science of the sport back then was simple, it entailed a regime of training… training… and training hard, coupled with a lot of discipline and commitment. Much of the principles have been the same overtime but with a little of twists. With the increased competition in the sport, we have now settled to see some fantastic improved version of athletes that are agile, stealthier, stronger, more skilled, bulky… The upgrades list could go on and on.

The case of suppliments.

Key among these improvements has been the professionalism of the sport across the globe and the introduction of various tools and utilities to the players and coaches’ disposal. One of the additives that have so much been the center of discussions with regards with all this is the use of supplements among the rugby athletes.

Players are becoming stronger and bulkier by the day and others are on the ladder to catch up with the bar set in this contact sport. Most players have subscribed to the gym and following up good strength & conditioning program to align with the needs of the sport.

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Is it gym work or supps or a case of both

But the debate of the role of supplements in enhancing the performance and physique of athletes has been widely discussed all over. Especially now that we are heading to the Olympics, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is cracking the whip now more than ever, you all read the fate of Tennis Star, Maria Sharapova?

So I went over the net to delve on the grey and bright areas of the utilization of the products… I must say, I found plenty of grey than white but not to disclaim supplements. I bet society all over just has a bias for all things natural.

After an hour or so over the net reading through Ruckscience.com & various articles from the country down south, New Zealand, I gathered a few points on what might matter about the use and disuse of supplements.

So what is a supplement

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According to the definitions of the term ‘Supplement’, the great internet- yes I Google-d it, describes it as something that completes/enhances/reinforces something else when added to it. In nutrition, supplements are intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities- Wikipedia, and can be in form of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs or a combination of all that.

To use or not to use.

Over the sites I went through, I noticed the tendency to encourage the consumption of whole meals and the application of healthy dietary/nutrition habits as opposed to the use of supplements. In fact most of them were discouraging their use, albeit not directly.

With the errant use of the commodity over time, there has been need to regulate and control the use of the same, the world over. Players have been nabbed by the law and faced various punishments for consuming what they thought was a supplement. Only they didn’t know it contained banned substances.

A case is recorded of one amateur player in Australia that ordered supplements online and paid for them, only for his shipment to be confiscated at the port by the Immigration Department since it contained banned substances. He was warned of ever repeating the habit again but the Australian Rugby Union would not relent in dispensing punishment, the player was banned for 24months (2years)… Check this: He paid, he didn’t use them and he now has to sit in the stands for 2 years!

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In Ireland, for example, young players are encouraged to stick to a healthier natural lifestyle for optimum performance through good eating and drinking (hydration) habits. You might want to check out the program later on, do click www.irishrugby.ie/eat2compete for much more detailed information.

In another example, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) & the NZR Players Association released a series of resources on the use of nutritional supplements. The resources emphasized on eating fresh, whole foods as part of a stable diet as well as outlining the risks of using nutritional supplements by young players. And if you click on http://files.allblacks.com/comms/NZR-NZRPA-Position-Statement-YoungPlayers-Suppliments.pdf and read on you will realize that in the NZ they insist on food first before incorporating supplements.

Perceived physique.

In most cases here at home, many players take the supplements to attain the perceived physique they ‘Think’ is needed to play rugby. And many have gone the full length to take the supps without proper consultation and considerations. Lucky our country’s systems have not enabled us to asses & evaluate our local teams and institutions on the use and abuse of the products. One day if an international body decides to set camp and do autonomous research I wouldn’t be shocked with what they find out.

Aside with the debate though I gathered a few reasonable points in my ‘assignment’ regarding the matter that should be of benefit to all the players, coaches, gym instructors and many more out there.

1.Ensure your supplement contains no banned substance, always ensure it has been batch-tested for contamination.

Keep rugby clean

All responsibility falls to the players, despite the pressure from your coach, trainer or gym instructor to use certain supplements. You, as a player, will be liable if found to have banned substance.

You can check a number of tested supplements on http://informed-choice.org/

2.If taking supplements as a team ensure there is one member responsible for managing the team’s supplement program.

But again as a player, always do a background check on what you are given, of course there is the tendency to assume everyone is playing their role, but you can never be too sure. Perhaps the person in charge someday can wake up on the wrong side and misread labels and you end up consuming something wrong. Always remember point number 1

3. Seek advice from professional(s) sport nutritionist.

Majority of us refer to the internet for resources on rugby training regimes and what not. Pay attention to your diet, a qualified nutritionist can help customize your meal plans and shopping list. Hardly can you find two players with the same exact needs and objectives, so before you spend your money on some of the whey protein you saw your friend take know your needs.

Those things are damn expensive you better not get it wrong!

4. Never take or use someone else’s supplement.

A friend can give a spoonful or two of his/her scoop pre and post work out at the gym but unless you two purchased it together it’s not worth the risk. Kindly refer to point number 1 to be 100% sure.

5. Always know the risks and benefits.

Of course a majority of the benefits are outlined very well at the package for you to see and read it’s the risk they hardly talk and outline for you.

Some supplements can be hazardous to your health since they increase the heart rate and heat stress. They consequently increase blood pressure whilst others cause damage to the kidneys. This is aside with some of them containing banned substances.

My idea on the use of the supplements is that, unless you are under a fully professional and/or semi-professional set up of high performance, where they are batch-tested and their use monitored by qualified sports nutritionist. Stick to healthy foods and healthy habits.

The scenario gets complicated when you are solo, always seek professional help and be committed to sticking to the program accorded to you by the person you consulted, if at all he has proved to be of benefit.

But all in all, the debate whether to use or not will proceed in society always, know your needs, acquit yourself with necessary info and as much as you can before you delve into a decision.

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Rugby tip: 5 essentials you should pack

We are fast approaching the touring season, with many tournaments on the offing and the thrill of attending a number of them there is a necessity to have the basics with you.

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Its the tour season!!

A number of times I have fallen victim to a contemptible habit of packing up inappropriate and completely useless stuff in my bag for a weekend trip to a game. And to pay for my ignorance I have always missed out, on very countable occasion ending up chocking life out of my wallet to settle few amenities.

I am certainly not the only one on the flip side of travels and backpack-ing. A number of times we check into that frigid, aloof, concrete lodging/hotel/motel room wanting to free our chocked legs off the burden of the shoe only to realize we don’t have the bata sandaks. You check your backpack or suit case- for those that travel heavy, in place of the cute flip flops you were waiting to parade with under the hot stuffy weather at Driftwood 7s, you squeezed in your cute new pair of worker boots… that’s when you realize how silly one is and useless a trendy pair of kicks can be.

To ease up the matter and save you minutes of disappointments, here is a list of some essentials you’ll need for the Rugby 7s cross-county tour;

1.Maasai Shoal/ Shuka

This blanket or Shuka, as commonly referred to, is quite an important item in your back pack. There was a time you would see that red, stripped black piece of clothing and the image of Maasai Mara or the Big five would pop up in your head.

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Those days are gone, they are now varying in various colours from the much familiar red to purple and their uses spanned across the plains to be more than a traditional Maasai wear.

Aside with the colour, a Shuka is quite efficient in cold times, especially in the evening when the chilly winds decide to sweep through the events arena (Masaku is such an example), very comfy if you happen to be with your partner under its embrace.

2. A good pair of crocs, sandaks(ls) or flip-flops

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Essential to the players especially, for the much needed relaxation of the phalanges down below.

After a lengthy day spent in the taut pair of studded boots it is usually a moment worth longing for to strip off the boots and stinking socks and let the feet loose in sandals or any other form of open foot wear. NEVER forget packing those.

We all know how naughty players can be, hehe, deprieving lodgings, hotels and motels their supply of flip-flops.

Depending on your level of movement and activity over the two days as a fanatic you can decide to or not to pack this commodity- Also, where you spend your night, some hotels luck provisions of flip-flops.

3. Pack your warm Hoodie

They come in varying designs and sizes, to suit your needs when need arises. Be sure a need will arise in the rugby stands.

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Custom designed hoodies by Resolution Impala Saracens

The chilly weather will require an additive to the shoal you brought along. You might also want to grab something relevant with the theme of the weekend, well, there are many custom designed hoodies by various rugby clubs and brands

4. Don’t forget that small towel

You can never trust the ones found in the economy class rooms some of us book in a new town.

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Towels are quite essential and personal linens that come into direct contact to the skin. Think of it as an undergarment, you don’t share those, do you? I don’t see the need to cross over a couple of kilometers to a town and share a towel only to head back home with an itchy skin or anything else nasty…

By no means am I implying that hotels have the worst of towel hygiene, you just wouldn’t want to take chances.

5. Anything that can snap and take pictures

Of course I would have insisted on a decent camera but those things are damn expensive nowadays, besides we also have phones with almost equal capabilities nowadays. Those memorable fun moments need to be put down on record so you can laugh and to tears when you are old and reminiscing your younger times.

There goes the essential five items that shouldn’t miss a slot as you pack for the rugby tour.

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POLITE REMINDER: This is the final list of essentials but is subject to changes according to your preferences 🙂

Rugby beauty & beast moments

It’s been approximately a month since I ever posted on my blog, I owe the ardent readers a candid explanation but I would fall somewhere between selfish and prioritizing, over that period.

There is something about culminating your first degree and a full schedule that comes with it, especially if you doing a science course- some of you know better. But that notwithstanding, I post this  with utmost remorse for missing out on a whole action packed month. Some of you will choose to understand others won’t care…well such is life.

Over the few weeks of inactivity on this site,  quite a number of good and ugly happened in the rugby scene all over,  well I thought I do a recap article on them as i kickstart the weekly dosier… Here is a culmination of the Beauty and the Beast that was & has been, so far.

Kenya Cup

So while I was mute I heard Nairobi was drowning in heavenly tears, some ‘Western Colonizers’ took a prime possession in their raid, or so I heard in the corridors of rugby.

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Kabras Sugar took the bull by the horns even when we least expected them to, remember the time they clung at eighth on the standings? They made it to the hall of fame in the end; shear guts and determination. Second season for them in the league, two final appearances and already won the ‘pricey thing’… Viva La Kabra!

Resolution Impala had a sublime season & though I felt like they should have won the cup. But with the hard work on either side, we were never too sure, there must a button Kabras pushed that Impala did not- buying Fijians maybe?

Kenya 7s Shujaa

Back at the splendor of the shorter version of the game, Kenya Sevens went to Paris and displayed a contrasting show than they did at Singapore. The trip from grass to grace is hectic but vice versa is quite a slippery slope that happens too fast, they were obvious targets to other teams. Maybe the glamour that came with Singapore got to their nerves real good, it being a first one for the country I can’t blame them too much… just get your sticks in order next time you win a cup final Shujaaz.

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Kenya 7s Shujaa

On the softer side of the pillow, a seventh place finish with 98 season points isn’t too bad, I guess this was one of the two best seasons the team has had, all thanks to the Benjamin Ayimba-led technical bench for the tedious work they did; Rotating and including new players in nearly all the legs. Do a re-check champs, very few teams did such an enormous intro of players.

Generally, we should appreciate the competitiveness that gripped the 2015/2016 HSBC series, 6 different winners of the 10 cups that were up for grabs… that tells you how rugged the Olympic dream will be in Rio.

Kenya Lionesses

Our Kenya Lionesses have been drawn to play in the final round of the 2015/16 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand, France on 28/29 May. Their first ever appearance on the women’s series, and they are looking forward to the challenge, more so with the 2016 Olympics sevens competition set for August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Kenya Lionesses

Amid all the cash strapped claims that cling on the team I wish the ladies the best of success and gritt. But when you get back ladies reconsider doing a funds drive initiative or something of the sort… I mean, the Ugandan Lady Cranes raise funds through sell of Coffee, how about we do ours; A Nyama choma eat out day maybe!

University of Eldoret

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UoE Trojans shoving from the right in a past action against Kitale RFC

I would love to make a special mention of University of Eldoret, Trojans rugby team. A family I have molded and sharpened my skill with in the game for the past four years. It was always an honor being part of the family, donning that- first, Black jersey, then Sky blue jersey and now the Navy blue tops. The many victories and few losses collected and probably the many more to come will be forever memorable.

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UoE Trojans Throwback

Undying sacrifice and passion by the players and fans alike to ensure success of the team in every duty we had is something that will be cherished. The principles of NEVER losing a HOME GAME, and NEVER HESITATING to take a TACKLE, these are commandments we were willing to take down to the wire. Let the same principle be upheld all through and through, let the Trojan spirit be within us away of home, retired or not…

Loss of the Great

Either I am wrong or right to say there is a rugby orchestra planned in heaven, but there sure is something great up above. From the loss of musical legends, to the loss of sports greatest.

In this case, rugby’s greatest:  Look at the list 0f those that have departed us, Lomu, Githaiga, Austrlian Brian Cox… so many more  I couldn’t mention all. And then Coach Eric alias ‘Stu’  Situma.

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Eric ‘Stu’ Situma

He must have been a man full of heart to the game, and to whoever that played besides and under him. I did not have the opportunity but by the hundreds of messages I have come across the past two days I am at a loss too… Rugby is at a loss of his expertise.

As we wind the week, take a moment and make a stop at Impala grounds, celebrate Situma’s legacy and help the fraternity and family give him a deserving send off. If you have a game during the weekend, play in his honor. If you coach, coach in his honor. If you watch, watch it like he would!

Another legend seeded to Heaven RFC’s technical bench! Deepest condolences to the family, friends and all the entire rugby family.

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