The most hyped rugby event is sadly passed us. The five day competitive event brings together over 65 teams from all over the world. It has proved for years to be completely enticing and attractive to masses from around the country. All roads led to Machakos this weekend as many travelled to watch their favorite teams and of course for the majority, get turnt up!!
It started all well With the introduction of free helicopter ride for fans and confirmation of top rugby teams locally and internationally, rugby lovers were assured an exciting and fun-filled event. Although former Kenya 7s head coach and tournament’s Director, Benjamin Ayimba, confirmed the withdrawal of defending champions Tabadamu from Fiji, he still expected a competitive and captivating event.
Tabadamu were not able to come due to unavoidable circumstances but teams from England, France and Uganda were around KCB, Western Bulls and Kabras were among the local clubs that competed. Samurai Wakulima were at their best as this year’s Masaku Sevens International Rugby tournament. In the absence of defending champions Tabadamu from Fiji and last year’s finalists Uganda U19, Wakulima’s flawless display in an electrifying atmosphere has earned them the favourite’s tag.
The star-studded locally assembled team, which comprises current and former Kenyan internationals, was in a class of its own. It took the lead through Felix Ayange’s try, but Biko Adema missed the conversion. However, Ayange responded immediately by converting his try and Oscar Davis scored on the stroke of halftime to make the scoreline 19-0.
Former Nakuru forward Oscar Ouma raced down on the right for Wakulima’s fourth try, which was successfully converted by Biko. Horace Otieno touched down once more as Wakulima extended their dominance. Mwamba’s Dan Sikuta struck a hat-trick to complete an emphatic 54-0 victory for Wakulima. In their second match against Mean Machine, Sikuta continued from where he left off in the first game to score his second hat trick of the day to give Wakulima a 47-0 win. It was an action-packed event both off and on the field. The fans enjoyed every moment.
Both Nairobian and Masaku are great brands and are driven by the youth. More so, when two brands come together, you can be sure the final product will be worth watching, the event was very successful and unlike last time there was little of the ratchetness that took over Masaku 7s last year. But the best part was after the event all roads led to Machakos Peoples Park, and the energy there was eccentric. There was drag racing, battle of the sexes with the dances, booze and nyama to fill a crowd. Guys chilling out at the lovers corner while the merry-go-round did its thing. It was all you would expect apart from the whoring everything out of this world savings are up for next years Masaku 7s.