Sevens mini-tournament for Kenya Cup sides

Impala player Okawa being tackled in a previous match

KEVIN OJIAMBO

Four Kenya cup sides Nondescript, Homeboyz, Strathmore Leos and Impala Saracens are set to take part in a sevens mini-tournament today at Jamuhuri show ground ahead of the national sevens circuit that kicks-off in the first week of September.

Newly promoted side Nakuru based Menengai oilers will also take part in the tournament to make a total of five teams with expectations of round robin matches. The tournament is set to measure the match fitness of the players who have been on training for almost two months.

Impala Saracens coaches Frank Ndong and Oscar Osir confirmed the news of their team with Osir saying   it would be a good opportunity for players to test themselves against each other.

“We’ve been training for a significant amount of time & this is a good opportunity to understand if there has been any progress made. It will also allow us to come into the next week better informed as we prepare for the start of the 7s campaign on September 2nd at Driftwood 7s.” Osir added.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz will be looking to defend the national title while pressure will be on the 2016 Kabeberi 7’s winners Impala Saracens as they battle to prove their merit.

 

Three changes have been made to the laws at the scrum CREDIT: AFP

Kevin Ojiambo

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) will apply to the six laws amendment that was approved by World Rugby Executive last month to the regular season that starts in November 2017 and all the local teams have been encouraged to seek amplification from trainers and educators.

The amendments have been endeavored in specific international competitions this year. They relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16) which are aimed at making the game simpler to play as well as further protecting player welfare. The laws are as follows

  1. Law 20.5 and 20.6 (d)

No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.

Rationale: To promote scrum stability, a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team throwing in (non-offending team).

  1. Law 20.9 (b) Handling in the scrum – exception

The number eight shall be allowed to pick the ball from the feet of the second-rows.

Rationale: To promote continuity.

  1. Law 20.8 (b) Striking after the throw-in

Once the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front-row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball.

Sanction: Free-kick

Rationale: To promote a fair contest for possession.

  1. Law 15.4 (c)

The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their own side of the tackle “gate”.

Rationale: To make the tackle/ruck simpler for players and referees and more consistent with the rest of that law.

  1. Law 16 Ruck

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. Players on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives, no hands can be used.

Rationale: To make the ruck simpler for players and referees.

 

 

 

  1. Law 16.4: Other ruck offences

A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion.

Sanction: Penalty

Rationale: To promote player welfare and to make it consistent with scrum law.

The six new aspects of law were part of the original 2015 laws review process, and were recommended to move to closed trial to provide a further analysis opportunity before global trial could be considered.

These closed trials were operational at this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, World Rugby Nations Cup, World Rugby Pacific Challenge, Americas Rugby Championship and Oceania Rugby U20 Championship, with positive outcomes:

Scrum outcomes: 

More ball coming back into play with fewer penalties and fewer collapses

The ball was thrown in without delay, with scrums continuing to be stable prior to throw-in

No collapses occurred by the number eight picking the ball up from under the second rows

Tackle outcomes:

Feedback indicated that the tackle was easier to referee with more clearly defined offside lines and tacklers not interfering with the quality of the ball with more players on their feet allowing counter rucking.

JULIA’S LETTER 003

MIRABELAW

Hello Jesse

I am going to phrase my disappointment in as few words as possible. I am amazed with you. I would never have thought that you could sink to levels of being that petty.

Yes, I know I was not the best or easiest person to be with, but considering you professed your love for me on that bridge by the botanical garden, I thought I meant something to you. But your letter, long as it was, proves to me how much regard you had for me.

I am sorry if it was me that drove you to such an unmanly state. Truly, I am.

I am so disappointed by you. You blame it all on me. As if you didn’t take part in anything. But Jesse, it’s alright. I accept the blame. If only to stop you from becoming the child you are forming yourself into.

I am…

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Martial’s consistency is key-Mourinho

Martial, right, provided the assist as Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties in a pre-season friendly on Sunday

KEVIN OJIAMBO

Jose Mourinho could not hide a sly smile accompanied with commend after an outstanding performance by Anthony Martial in a friendly match against Real Madrid on Sunday which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Martial was able to outdo three Madrid players at the right hand coner flag side then spoted Lingard who strikethe ball into the open net for the first-half opener goal.

“He is a young player. He still has time to learn, to improve and develop,” said Mourinho.

“We want more consistency in his talent.”

With the rumours connected  to Inter Milan move so as to allow Peric at Old Trafford, United besides have not been able to have the full latent of the 21- year- old frechman since he moved from Monaco at a fee of  £36m in 2015.

“I can say he is training better than before and is working harder than before,” added Mourinho.

 

Lewis Hamilton wins British GP

Lewis Hamilton celebrates in traditional style after winning his fourth race of the 2017 season.

KEVIN OJIAMBO

Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory to tie the all-time record of five career wins in the British Grand Prix, last night. The Mercedes driver equalled the tally of Jim Clark and Alain Prost with his fourth home win in a row to add to his first win for McLaren in 2008. Hamilton’s victory cut his deficit to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to just a single point in the event as the German suffered a front-left tyre failure when running third with two laps to go, dropping to seventh.

Telltales of an idle mind

Campus Snapshots

Don Benzo

The other day I was holding court with the boys at one of the campus hostels, I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about but I am sure it was about  chillez because it is the university and men cannot leave on bread alone but on every knickers that he sheds. In campus as men we are not judged by the  content of our character or by the color of our skin (maybe a little by the color), we are judged by the number of our conquest and the depth of your pocket. I know, vanity will be our downfall.

Okay back to my story.

One of the guy retorted, “Maze, hizi vitu sisi huita umama zinakuaga form, kama udaku na lollipop”.  Thinking about it now, he was right. Men love gossip just as much as the ladies. If not more. Yeah men, I said it. You…

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LIAR LIAR: GENERATION ON FIRE

MIRABELAW

I am disappointed in my father’s generation. In the generation that has taught most of my peers what we know and the beliefs we hold close. I am displeased by their preaching without action. That they have the audacity to tell of peace and prosperity when we saw first-hand what they did in the 2007-2008 aberrations that cost many their lives and had my fellow country people affected.

I am discontented by the words of my leaders when they say that we are united yet I still see people politically affiliated according to their own tribe. No…I was told it is “ethnic group” now, because tribe is too brute a word. I am saddened terribly when I still see a grandma being cruel to a daughter in-law because she does not belong to the same tribe as them. Yes…for this article, I will use this god forsaken word, if only…

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