By Ken Andrew
The Daystar Falcons rugby team managed to impress many at the Kabeberi 7s despite bowing out in the 5th place semi final. The Falcons began their journey with a loss against Kenya Cup side Top Fry Nakuru but that did not set the tone for the day. They managed to win their next two games 12-5 and 12-24 against the famous Impala Saracens and Northern Suburbs respectively. The two wins put them through to the main cup quarterfinal where they met Kenya Cup perennial contenders Homeboyz Rugby. Homeboyz proved to be a handful for the Falcons as they took the game 34-7 sending the Falcons to the 5th place playoff. Sunday was most definitely not their day as after the quarterfinal, they narrowly lost to Masinde Muliro University 17 -12, bringing their run in the Kabeberi 7s to an end.
Despite their unlucky end to the tournament, many were impressed by the Falcons’ performances. With a lighter squad than the 15s, the selected team managed to hold their own against multiple Kenya Cup teams. Debutant Patrick Odongo shone and managed to be the top try scorer after playing all five games. Without doubt, he still has a lot more to give as the Falcons head into the Christie 7s next weekend.
Coach Caleb Bosire was proud of his squad and saw the experience gained as vital for their 7s season progression. He also praised Patrick Odongo for his stellar performances on the pitch.
The Falcons head back to the RFUEA grounds on 28th and 29th May for the Christie 7s. Having secured a first quarterfinal tie since 2013, they will be looking to improve and maybe make the semis. The experience they gain from 7s will be crucial as they head to the KRU Championship next season.
Bring on the Christie 7s!