The news that South Coast Pirates had qualified for the semi final of the Driftwood Sevens division two tournament may have been well received, but the team failed to back up their quarter final heroics against Stormers on Sunday morning to crash out of the semi finals against Makueni.
A spirited Pirates side rose up to the challenge decently only to be beaten at their own game by a side whom only a handful would have bet on them to reach the Division two decider.
Makueni were on a level of their own, hammering Pirates 17-0 to put themselves in a lead position of making the step up to division one rugby when the series enters its second leg the following week in Nairobi.
That Pirates only conceded tries in just one of their four matches prior to the semi finals told its own story about the team's desire to keep opponents out of their own danger zone. However, Makueni were simply the more smarter side - applying pressure either with or without the ball.
A blueprint which involved tightening up defence and being clinical in attack worked well for Makueni and before the end of the fourteen minutes played, it became clear that Pirates would contest for bronze rather than gold or silver given the way Makueni went about their business of defending the lead.
"I think we are going to check on our fitness, which is letting us down and more of handling because in the semi finals we had more handling errors. I think that is what made us lose the match." said team captain Kevin Amiani in his honest assesment of the semi finalloss.
Pirates were scheduled to play the other losing semi finalists
Catholic Monks but the former Kenya Cup side failed to show up for the game thereby granting a promising Pirates team third place as consolation for the heavy 17-0 defeat at the hands of Makueni.
Makueni proceeded to the final where they won 17:5 against MMUST