Hattrick for Amaitsa as Kenya 7s whip Nigeria in Africa Mens 7s opener

kenya 7s Photo Courtesy/KLCEE fots for World Rugby

Debutant Nygel Amaitsa stole the spotlight with a stunning hat-trick of tries as Kenya 7s launched their Africa Men’s 7s/Olympic qualifiers campaign with a resounding victory 34-10.

Kenya 7s notched their first try when co-captains combined forces, with Tony Omondi executing a tap-off a penalty.

Kenya 7s first try

Omondi exploited the space and delivered a precise pass to the charging Vincent Onyala, who scored a try, putting Kenya in the lead at 7-0.

Nigeria mounted a counterattack on the left flank and managed an unconverted try, narrowing the score to 7-5.

Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.
Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Kenya extended their lead with Amaitsa showcasing dazzling footwork to penetrate the defence and score a try. This try was successfully converted, pushing Kenya ahead 14-7.

Onyala added to Kenya’s tally with his second try right after the restart. Kevin Wekesa claimed the ball and it was swiftly passed to the left, finding Onyala for his second try of the match.

Kenya 7s’ Amaitsa

Amaitsa continued his spectacular performance, fooling the defence with a dummy move to secure his second try of the day. His third try came moments after Nigeria received a yellow card he had acres of space for an easy try.

Kenya 7s huddle in the Cape Town 7s. Photo Courtesy/ World 7s Series.
Kenya 7s huddle in the Cape Town 7s. Photo Courtesy/ World 7s Series.

Another debutant, Festus Shiasi, joined the scoring action by fending off his marker and racing for a try, bringing Kenya’s lead to 34-5 before Nigeria pulled back.

Defending champions Uganda had a solid start, overpowering Algeria with a commanding score of 45-7.

Uganda capitalized on an early advantage as Pius Ogena scored a try, converted by Philip Wokorach, giving them a 7-0 lead.

Uganda secured their second try before Wokorach’s try was disallowed due to a yellow card, leaving Uganda with six players.

Algeria made their first foray into Uganda’s territory, resulting in a converted try. Nevertheless, Uganda extended their lead when Ogena set up Aaron Ofoywroth for a dazzling try.

In the second half, Uganda continued their dominance as Adrian Kasito scored, further stretching their lead. They added two more tries against the Algerian side, which received multiple yellow cards, sealing a resounding 45-7 victory.

Uganda Sevens. Photo Courtesy/Uganda Rugby.
Uganda Sevens. Photo Courtesy/Uganda Rugby.

Hosts Zimbabwe found themselves locked in a 12-12 draw with Burkina Faso on the competition’s opening day. Both teams earned two points each after the hard-fought draw.

Burkina Faso made an impressive start, capitalizing on support play for their first try. Their second try came from an intercept, just moments after they were reduced to six players due to a yellow card. They scored and successfully converted, taking a 12-0 lead into halftime.

Zimbabwe swiftly responded after the break, narrowing the score to 12-5. The Cheetahs added another try in the right corner, courtesy of Geodfrey Magaramombe, resulting in a 12-12 deadlock.

Despite a spirited effort, Burkina Faso held on to thwart the hosts’ quest for a late winner.


Zimbabwe 12-12 Burkina Faso

Uganda 45-7 Algeria

Zambia vs Nambia

Kenya 7s vs Nigeria

Madagascar vs Tunisia

South Africa vs Ivory Coast

Round two

Zimbabwe vs Algeria

Uganda vs Burkina Faso

Zambia vs Nigeria

Kenya 7s vs Namibia

Madagascar vs Ivory Coast

South Africa vs Tunisia

Most Popular

Africa’s premier rugby website covering the latest Rugby news, results, transfers, fixtures. Get Kenya Rugby News and from the rest of the Unions.

Copyright © 2023 Powered by Scrummage Barber and SAFGAK Limited

To Top