Hosting team Kenya Harlequins may have missed out on bringing the Christie sevens title home, but will be more than proud to have provided some of the best performers - Most Valuable Player Solomon Okia and Cyprian Kuto as joint top try scorer - on Sunday 16 September as the event, the sixth of the National Sevens Circuit, closed the season at the RFUEA grounds.
Okia, who was part of the Uganda Sevens side that qualified for the World Cup Sevens at San Francisco- USA in July 2018, their first ever, was picked as best of the best at the Christie's in leading Quins to coming ever so close to clinching their home event.
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His try had sent Quins to a 19-14 lead late in the game but Homeboyz sewed it up at 19-all forcing sudden death. Their skipper Leonard 'Lord Muga' Mugaisi turned from villain to hero, as, having been sin binned earlier in the first half, delivered the sucker punch to score the separating try for Homeboyz to win it 24-19.
Okia became the sixth and last MVP this season joining Philip Kwame of Nakuru RFC (Prinsloo 7s), Mark Wandeto of Homeboyz (Sepetuka 7s), Leonard Mugaisi of Homeboyz (Kabeberi 7s), Collins Injera of Mwamba (Driftwood 7s) and Eliakim Kichoi of Mwamba (Dala 7s).
Kuto, who ditched Homeboyz last season for Quins was the joint top try scorer at the event with seven tries. His final try at the event opened the scoring in the final game against Homeboyz. Kuto tied on seven tries with Strathmore Leos' Patrick Olang who led his side to a fourth place finish.
Johnstone Olindi of Homeboyz who has been outstanding across the season was named as Christie's 7s Most Promising player while Mwamba' revelation Daniel Taabu was once again named the top point scorer, with 52 points.
Christie 7s individual Awards
MVP - Solomon Okia (Kenya Harlequins)
Top try scorers - Cyprian Kuto (Kenya Harlequins) & Patrick Olang (Strathmore Leos) - 7 each
Top point scorer - Daniel Taabu (Mwamba) - 52 points
Most Promising - Johnstone Olindi (Homeboyz)