You had to be there to experience the atmosphere of the tournament. Twickenham rocked. The supporters/supporting was electric and the air full of warm spirits despite the horrible weather.
Day one, Kenya faced tough opponents in their Pool and New Zealand and Italy proved that point. New Zealand beat us 43 -10 in our first game. Scotland were also tough but we managed to fight them to a draw of 19-19 in our second game. Kenya played Italy last and they beat us 25 – 9.
All this just proved, as supporters we will always be behind our team. We were still cheering and singing like pros, that come rain or shine, nothing will keep us from losing our voices.
Later that evening, the first of the afterparties in East London at a joint called The Ram in Canning Town kicked off. Before that though, people were at Thatched House to catch a few pints before heading for The Ram. The place was full to the brime, but we continued to party. At The Ram, we were greeted by very hostile bouncers that we had to wait for almost an hour before most of us got in. Anyway, once inside Dj Edu (1xTRA) who was headlining made up for the long wait out in the cold. Rocking hit after hit from the nineties to mugithi as we partied the night away. Dj Dubwise and Levysill as MC didn’t let us down with their Reggae set, which triggered flashbacks of raving in F2 (Florida 2000). The night ended on a special high and there was more to come.
Day two at Twickenham saw Kenya play the quater final of the Bowl against England and they beat us 19 – 0. This saw us in the semi-final for the Shield against Georgia and we beat them 19 – 0. Kenya made it the final of the Shield against Italy and we got our own back by beating them 15 – 0 to clinch the Shield trophy. Though it was a win for Kenya, it was at the same time disappointing as it was not the final we hoped for to get those crucial points. Then again, this didnt disappoint the few diehard Kenya fans who turned up on Sunday with hangovers and lack of sleep to support Kenya, despite the weather being chilly, dull and damp. The Bowl trophy was won by England who beat Portugal 10 – 0. The Plate was won by South Africa beating Australia 14 – 5 and the Cup final saw New Zealand clinch it by beating Fiji 29 – 7. The New Zealand team and fans responded by doing the haka around different points of the ground at the end of the tournament. The day ended on a high note.
Later that evening the second of the afterparties was well under way. Getting lost with some of the Kenya team as we headed to Club Volts in North London didn’t spoil the rest of the evening at all. We (the supporters, clubbers and the Kenya Team) had a wonderful night and the Dj’s on rotation kept people on the dance floor ’til it was time to go home. The Dj’s were Viagra, Dj Doc, Dj Clem, Dj Ken, Mocha! among others, who made the night something to be talked about.
Let’s just say, if you werent there, you missed – ULIHATA VIBAYA!!!
Edinburgh – HERE WE COME!!!
For the full details of the fixtures and results, please visit the IRB Sevens website.
In case you all wondering, yes I did meet-up with Farmgal and as she will testify, we had fun. Lakini don’t expect pics of us together…….! Chica, aki you looked hot in your ka-outfit. Enough said! 😉