Safari Sevens kick off, with Uganda dominating schools event

Nov 04, 2011

Defending champions Uganda made their intentions clear of retaining their Safaricom Safari Sevens schools title with a dominant display on the opening day on Friday.

They overcame Eastern 31-0 in their opening match as the schools and women’s competition kicked off the three-day rugby extravaganza at the Nyayo national stadium, a new venue for the 16-year old tournament.

Uganda’s second match against last year’s runners-up Western was closely contested with the Uganda shutting out their stubborn opponents 14-12 after a 7-5 lead at the break, with Alfred Biyick scoring the winning try.

Victor Shikoli had opened the scoring for Western before Brian Mwangavyali’s try which was converted by Pilliph Wakoraah saw Uganda take the lead.

The lead changed hands for the second time when Harrison Asonu restored Kenya’s lead a with a try and conversion but Biyick spoilt the party with a late try which was converted by Wakoraah. Uganda went on to defeat Zimbabwe 21-7 and book the semi final berth, which will be played early Saturday.

Zimbabwe who have been dominant in their last two outings were again on the losing end against Western who dominated play in the 36-0 win. Western had earlier overcome Coast 41-0 and Eastern 46-0. Uganda and Western finished top of pool two.

Nyanza recovered from a shock 12-14 loss to Central with wins over Nairobi (17-0), Tanzania 34-7) and Riftvalley (36-0)to qualify for the semifinals. The other semi finalist Nairobi had a good start seeing off Rift Valley 17-7 and convincingly beating Tanzania 46-0 and drawing with Central 5-5.


Pool one: Tanzania,Rift Valley, Nyanza, Central

Pool Two:Western, Coast, Uganda, Eastern


Tanzania 12 Rift Valley 24, Western 41 Coast 0, Nyanza 12 Central 14 Uganda 31 Eastern 0, Rift Valley 7 Nairobi 17, Coast 7 Zimbabwe 31, Tanzania 7 Nyanza 34, Western 12 Uganda 14, Nairobi 5 Central 5, Zimbabwe 22 Eastern 0, Rift valley 0 Nyanza 36, Coast 0 Uganda 46 Nyanza 17 Nairobi 0, Uganda 21 Zimbabwe 7, Central 10 Tanzania 12, Eastern 0 Western 46, Central 14 Rift Valley 15, Eastern 27 Coast 10, Nairobi 46 Tanzania 0, Zimbabwe 0 Western 36.


Evelyn Watta

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