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.

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.

Multimedia does it again!

Multimedia university of Kenya rugby club celebrates after winning their Great rift 10s a-side second tire plate trophy.

Kevin Ojiambo

CONGRATULATIONS! to Multimedia university of Kenya for winning the second division plate trophy.
To them, the water is either cold or very cold in short, losing is never an option and this being only their first major tournament of the season, multimedia university seemed not to settle lower than the plate trophy. This was after winning narrowly against Northern suburbs 7-5.
Northern Suburbs took the lead after only six minutes of the game after a mistake caused in the rack that gave scram half Kevin Ojiambo no option but to watch the lose ball stolen by the opponent for a try in the middle that they failed to convert.
MMU came back with a try in the dying minutes of second half through a swift pass to the wing by Don Benzo to a growing youngster winger Calvin Orangi who surprisingly is on his first season with the team then converted by a tactical fly half Bill Mathenge to give MMU a lead.
it’s only their second appearance to this top fry Great Rift 10s a-aside tournament after a disappointing first time debut last year and they have really shown maturity by how they have played. Much credit to their captain Einstein Wamukoya and the whole squad as a whole.
“We are here to win, that’s my agenda, my players have shown improvement on each game and I believe in them,” said their coach Maurice Mbai before the tournament and indeed they delivered.
This was a great start for them and hope it will open ways for their Kenya university sports association(KUSA) which they finished overall at position five last year.

Could he be the fake prodigal son?

Pogba being consulted by his teammate after a match
Pogba being consulted by his teammate after a match.

Kevin Ojiambo

A for Andrea, B for Baloteli, C for Cristiano, D for Drogba… P for Pogba, Provocative, Plagiarized, Penalty, Poor, and Pathetic. That’s how the media operates, it builds your name in years and spoils it within seconds, just as easy as ABCD.

Few months ago it was, Pogback! The prodigal son! The dab master! Million dollar boy! The media made sure it gave him all the names that was available. Months later when Manchester united started performing poorly with numerous dismissal of the coach from the sideline, everything began to change.
All the good names from the media and the fans changed to negatives. This reminds me of the story of Peter and Jesus in the Bible- betrayal.
So, what if he could be the problem? This is the list question that almost none of the united fans would dare to think about given the amount of money they spent on him, but sometimes reality has to be told even though it hurts, he’s a good player but that was him while still at Juventus.
We all see, how he plays: with pride, he thinks that the opponent don’t exist. He wants to play with his pace and loses the ball at a very critical moment when the forwards have made critical runs. This is not how united plays from Ferguson’s era, it’s a team that likes to attack and stay with the ball as least as possible to avoid losing.
“He needs time and you will see the results” says most pundits, if so, how comes Zlatan Ibrahimovic has coped with the league within the least time as possible worse of all he came in a free transfer.
I’m not agaist united and I know things happen with a reason and that’s why there is a difference between class, experience and career. So, is Pogba worth the Value and is he sure?

 

Is football loosing its interest!!!

 

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Kevin Ojiambo

Is football losing its interest? Recently the FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he hoped the 2018 World cup in Russia would be the first tournament to use the video replays technology.

This simply means the referee won’t be doing of much assistance given that the two video assistance referees will look at goals scored, penalties awarded, red cards and mistaken identities forgetting that all this is what arouses the fans and makes football more interesting.

The work of the referee will be to review the footage on the pitch side monitor for video replays to be able to make key decisions.