Kenya 7s showcased a formidable performance at the Safari 7s, securing a convincing 36-0 victory against SA All-Stars in their match at RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.
While Shujaa were targeting an impressive start, SA All Stars aimed to recover from a previous 35-0 loss to Uganda.
Kenya 7s start
Having entered the tournament following a strong showing in Africa Men’s 7s, Shujaa was determined to defend the Safari 7s title they claimed in 2021. Patrick Odongo, the top scorer in the African Men’s 7s, set the tone by impressively scoring the opening try.
The team expanded their lead as the ball was skillfully moved to the right, leading to forward Kevin Wekesa crossing over for a try, although Tony Omondi missed the conversion.
Shujaa co-captain Vincent Onyala burst through the defence in the midfield, racing for a centre post try and securing a 19-0 lead.
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Odongo continued to shine, scoring his second try after receiving a pass from Wekesa, and Nygel Amaista successfully converted the centre post try.
Brian Mutugi, coming off the bench, made a significant impact, cutting in through the opposition’s defence and reaching the try-line, contributing to Shujaa’s commanding 31-0 lead.
Kenya 7s stop Uganda
Captain Onyala showcased his skills with a break on the left, sealing the match with the final try. In their second win, Shujaa defeated Uganda 17-5, with Nygel Amaitsa, Vincent Onyala, and John Okoth scoring tries that halted Uganda’s winning streak in the competition.
Uganda had previously won against SA All Stars and Red Wailers, defeating the latter 32-5. Kenya Morans also secured their second win, defeating Samurai 14-12. Although Samurai took the initial lead with a try, Kenya Morans responded with a try by Chrissant Ojwang, taking the lead before Benson Salem extended it with a conversion and later with another converted try.
Despite conceding a late try, Morans held on to secure the victory. The strong performances of both Shujaa and Kenya Morans highlighted their prowess in the Safari 7s competition.
Day One Order of Play | Saturday 18 Nov 2023
Women: Uganda v Tropic 7s | 8.30am
Women: Lionesses v TUKS 7s | 8.52am
Men:Red Wailers 14-12Tropic 7s | 9:14am
Men:Uganda 35-0 SA all stars |9:36am
Men :Moran 24-0Western Province |9:58am
Men:samurai 17-0 KCB |10:20 am
Women:Cubs vs Tuks |10:42 am
Women:Uganda vs Lionesses |11:04am
Men:Shujaa 36-0 SA all stars| 11:46am
Men:Red wailers -032 Uganda |12:08pm
Men:Germany 33-17 KCB |12:30pm
Men:Morans 14-12 Samurai|12:52pm
Women:Lionesses vs Cubs|1:14pm
Women:Tuks vs Tropic 7s |1:36pm
Men:Uganda 17-5 Shujaa |1:58pm
Men:SA all stars Tropic 7s |2:20pm
Men:Samurai vs Germany|2:42pm
Men:KCB vs Western Province |3:04pm
Women:Tuks vs Uganda |3:46pm
Women:Tropic7s vs Cubs|4:08pm
Men:SA All stars vs Red Wailers |4:30pm
Men:Tropic 7s vs Shujaa |4:52pm
Men:KCB vs Morans |5:14pm
Men:Western Province vs Germany|5:36pm
Day Two order of play|Sunday 19th November 2023
Men:Tropic 7s vs Uganda |10:00am
Men:Shujaa vs Red Wailers |10:22am
Men:Western Province vs Samurai|10:44am
Men:Germany vs Morans |11:06am
Women:Tropic 7s vs Lionesses|11:28am
Women:Cubs vs Uganda|11:50am
Men Cup semis : 1st pool B vs 2nd pool A |12:12pm
Men Cup semis :1st pool A VS 2nd pool B |12:34pm
Men 5th Semis :3rd pool B vs 4th pool A |12:56pm
Men 5th semis:3rd pool A vs 4th pool B|1:18pm
Women semis:1st WA vs 4th WA |1:40pm
Women semis :2nd WA vs 3rd WA |2:02 pm
Men 9th and 10th:5th pool A vs loser 34|2:44pm
Men 7th and 8th:Loser 33 vs Winner 32 |3:06pm
Mens 5th Final :Winner 33 vs Winner 34|3:28pm
Women 3rd and 4th :Loser 35 vs Loser 36 |3:50pm
Mens 3rd and 4th: Loser 31 vs Loser 32|4:12 pm
Womens final :Winner 35 vs winner 36|4:37pm
Main Final:Winner 31 vs Winner 32 |5:02pm