Kenya Commercial Bank are just a footstep away from the national Sevens circuit title which draws to a close this weekend with the Christie Sevens at the RFUEA ground.
The bankers have a ten point lead over Strathmore coming into the tournament and are top seeded in Pool "A" which also features 12th-placed Nondies, Western Bulls and Mombasa,
On paper it is an easy pool but the bankers cannot underestimate any of the opposition with the nature of the Sevens game. Upsets happen.
KCB have to be in the right frame of mind. They have to be ruthlessly efficient and win all their matches if they are to keep their dream of a first ever series title alive.
If Nondies and Western Bulls shed their Jekyll and Hyde characteristic displays that have seen them blow hot and cold and come to the party, fans are in for an interesting series of events in Pool "A". Events that can dramatically alter the course and destination of the Safaricom Sevens Series title cannot be ruled out.
Impala are second seeds in Pool "B" and face a relatively easy passage to the semifinals. The Gazelles have also blown hot and cold this season and lost the Prinsloo Final to KCB last weekend.
Given their hunger, pedigree and rise in form over the past three rounds of the Safaricom Sevens Series, Innocent Simiyu's young Impala charges start as favourites to top the group and reach the cup quarters. With the likes of Sammy Oliech, Robert Aringo and Sam Onsomu in their ranks, and with the right mental and physical shape, nothing should stand in their way.
There will be a frantic fight for the second quarter final berth from this pool. Daystar may have been to two cup quarters but the threat posed by the team fanatically followed by George "Jakadaddy" Okeno, Kisumu RFC, and Eldoret cannot be ruled out.
Pool "C" promises to be bruising with Strathmore Leos and Quins battling out for supremacy. Both are in contention for the overall series crown should KCB falter this weekend.
Securing pole position at the close of business on Saturday evening will very likely offer an easier cup quarter final and with that further progress in the tournament. This is based on the assumption they will deal with the challenges posed by the other teams in the pool, Mean Machine and Blak Blad who have been known to play the spoiler's role on the odd occasion.
Strathmore and Quins will definitely seek to outdo each other in their matches against their other group opponents, setting up the stage for an enthralling group finale.
Pool "D" is arguably the pool of death .It has Kabeberi Sevens champions Homeboyz, Mwamba RFC who led the series through the first three rounds, Nakuru RFC who are no slouches in Sevens rugby and the very potent, giant killing Kabras Sugar. These four will vie for the two available cup quarter final berths and it could just turn out to be the pool of death.
Homeboyz, Nakuru, Mwamba and Kabras Sugar have each at least reached a main cup quarter final at every round of the series and one can only imagine how intense the competition will be in the pool.
Homeboyz and Mwamba need to advance from this pool as they go in pursuit of victory at the Christies.
These two are in with very remote chances of claiming the overall series title and will certainly fancy their chances. Nakuru RFC have been to the last two cup quarters at the Driftwood and Prinsloo tourneys and want to finish the season on a high.
Kabras Sugar dipped last weekend in Nakuru after a giant killing run in Mombasa that saw them reach the cup semis. They too want to end the season on a high by going as far as they can go at the Christies.