C Ministry of Rugby
'Manguvu man’ eyes strong start
By Eric Njiru | Tue 29 Aug, 2017 14:44

Homeboyz winger Cyprian ‘Manguvu man’ Kuto says they must get the national sevens circuit title defence going right from game one at the Driftwood 7s on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

The Deejayz are the national sevens circuit defending champions but are eager to win the Mombasa tournament after missing out last year.

“We look at the overall circuit and see there is a challenge of which we need to take; like Driftwood we didn’t win so we are going in there with an intention to win. The best way to win is by starting with a statement in game one,”

Homeboyz are seeded top for the Driftwood 7s where they will play Top Fry Nakuru, Blak Blad and Western Bulls.

“It’s a tough pool I must admit. Nakuru is a formidable opponent same to Blak Blad, they step up any day and they can beat any team,”

“We lost to Western Bulls in the opening match of Kabeberi 7s so we are not going to take them lightly. Nakuru is also a tough team, has pushed up to the limit same as Blak Blad. I am confident the boys have had good preps for this Driftwood 7s and we shall put our best foot forward,” said Kuto.

Kuto was one of the key players for the Deejayz side, as he was named the Prinsloo 7s MVP, alongside the likes of Leonard Mugaisi, Mike Wanjala and Charles Omondi

“It has been a long off-season we have done our best to prepare. On the sidelines, we’ve had tournaments here and there. I wouldn’t say we are the key players of the team but we drive inspiration towards the players to push them to their limit. It is team effort”

With other teams having geared up well to this year's circuit, Kuto admits the title defence is going to be hard but they apply last year’s concept to win titles.

“The title defence is not going to be easy. Our approach last season was one game at a time and that’s the same concept we going to use going to this season. We are not looking at big picture first we are ticking the small boxes first,”

“We are not taking anyone lightly we are out to make a statement,” concluded Kuto.

In 2016, Homeboyz ran in two converted try in their 14-19 defeat to Quins in the main cup final. They had beaten Kabras 19-12 in the semis and Mwamba 25-5 in quarters.

Eric Njiru
eric@ragahouse.com 0726205521
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