With the announcement that full contact Sevens Rugby was to be played in Nairobi over the weekend of 30/31 Oct, BATUK set about pulling a team together to enter the combined Social & Veterans section of the Safaricom International Sevens Tournament.
BATUK RFC has been training regularly under the watchful eye of LCpl ‘Barcode’ Longsworth & Cpl ‘Six’ Railoa, awaiting the opportunity to get out and play some rugby.
With Exercise Askari Storm in full swing it was going to be a challenge to get a squad together, fortunately BATUK was able to call upon some players from the Nanyuki Jackals to come along and support both the Military and Kenyan Support Staff players. It has been a developing thing over the last 3 years that BATUK & the Jackals come together to play the game we all love.
The social & veteran tournament was the curtain raiser to the main International event, taking place in the main international stadium in Nairobi. The event provided some quality rugby from all the teams entered, despite the last-minute announcement it was great to see teams come together to get rugby back on the cards in Kenya.
BATUK set the standards from the outset winning all their pool games and thus setting them up for a place in the final. Despite there being no rugby for a long time due to C19, the standard was high and the teams were certainly out to show that they had not lost their touch. BATUK’s mix of military leadership, fitness and the Kenyan speed and strength proved to be to much for Mwamba RFC as they went on to win the final 35-10.
With the Social & Veterans tournament done the team was able to relax and watch the Internationals play – the Kenya Shujaa beating Germany in the final 12-5 and the Kenya Lionesses retaining the Ladies trophy.
All in all a great weekend of rugby enjoyed by all.