Kenya 7s wrestle down Germany to reach Safari 7s final

Kenya 7s players. Photo/KRU

Kenya 7s kept their Safari 7s title defence hopes alive after seeing off a stubborn Germany with a 19-5 win to reach the final set for RFUEA grounds.

This was a repeat of the 2022 final and Shujaa went to the match unbeaten while Germany had suffered one loss. Shujaa stood tall to book a date with Samurai in the final.

Kenya 7s trail in Safari 7s 

The cagey affair produced only one try in the first half with Germany scoring in the final minute for a 5-0. Shujaa attempted to equalize just before halftime but Patrick Odongo couldn’t gather a kick by Samuel Asati.

Kenya 7s winger Patrick Odongo receives medal. Photo/Screengrab

Kenya 7s (Shujaa) winger Patrick Odongo receives medal. Photo/Screengrab

The second half continued to be tight and Kenya 7s breakthrough came two minutes into the half when Vincent Onyala beat his marker and raced for a try that was converted for a 7-5 lead.


Shujaa stretched the lead when Tony Omondi’s quick tap off a penalty saw him feed Odongo who returned the pass to Omondi for a try.

Brian Mutugi came off the bench and raced on for the try that put the game beyond Germany. Kevin Wekesa’s try did not count but the job was done.

Kenya 7s- Samurai in Safari 7s final

Samurai scored at the death to see off Uganda with a 21-19 win in the thrilling first semi-final. The match went to the break with the teams tied at 7-7.

Alex Aturinda’s converted try was cancelled when Samurai responded with a converted try. The Second half saw Adrian Kasito race for the second try but the Samurai side fought back and scored for a 14-14.

Uganda 7s Rugby Team. Photo Courtesy URU.

Uganda 7s Rugby Team. Photo Courtesy URU.

Kasito had another break to send a long pass to Nobert Okeny for a 19-14 lead.

Uganda looked like they were headed to the final but Samurai launched an attack from their red zone and scored a centre post try for an easy conversion for a 21-19 win.


Updated Day Two order of play|Sunday, November 19, 2023
Men:Tropic 7s 7-33 Uganda |9:30am
Men:Shujaa 34-7 Red Wailers |9:52am
Men:Western Province 10-28 Samurai|10:14am
Men:Germany 15-14 Morans |10:36am
Women:Tropic 7s  Lionesses|10:58am
Women:Cubs Uganda|11:20am

Men Cup semis : Samurai vs Uganda|12:02pm
Men Cup semis :Shujaa VS Germany |12:24pm

Men 5th Semis :Kenya Morans vs Tropics |12:46pm
Men 5th semis: Red Wailers vs KCB|1:08pm

Women semis:1st WA vs 4th WA |1:30pm
Women semis :2nd WA vs 3rd WA |1:52 pm

Men 9th and 10th: SA All Stars vs Western Province |2:34pm

Men 7th and 8th:Loser 33 vs Winner 32 |2:56pm

Mens 5th Final :Winner 33 vs Winner 34|3:18pm

Women 3rd and 4th :Loser 35 vs Loser 36 |3:40pm

Mens 3rd and 4th: Loser 31 vs Loser 32|4:05 pm

Womens final :Winner 35 vs winner 36|4:30pm

Main Final:Winner 31 vs Winner 32 |4:55pm

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