Shujaa crowned 2013 Safari 7s Champions

By francis marangu
Sep 23, 2021
  • Kenya's Shujaa celebrate after lifting the Safari Sevens title at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Shujaa needed only 40 seconds to set the momentum for their 40-7 win over Australia Renegades in the Safaricom Safari Sevens final match played on Sunday evening at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

This was Kenya's first title since 2010 when they beat Emerging Springboks 17-12 in the final at the RFUEA ground. Overall, it was the seventh title after previous wins in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009.

Head coach Felix Ochieng lauded the boys for their spirited fight throughout the tournament. “This was a good match because Australia played very well. We were exposed in very many ways but those are things we can work on before the next big assignment.”

Focus now shifts to Gold Coast Sevens, the opening leg of the IRB World Sevens Series next month, and Ochieng acknowledged the fact that selecting the final squad will be a huge challenge. “Of course, there are many young players like Billy Odhiambo who have showed their potential here and will be gunning for places to Gold Coast.

It will not be easy but there is some time for preparations,” he said after the match.

Odhiambo scored first try

Odhiambo, who plays for Strathmore University, was outstanding.

He evaded two consecutive tackles from James Turner and Matt Hawke before touching down only seconds after kickoff. Lavin Asego kicked over the conversion.

Andrew Amonde was next over and Asego added the extras as Kenya led 14-0. As Renegades tried to comeback from the early setback, Patrice Agunda found himself under intense pressure from two opposing players forcing him to offload the ball to Odhiambo after a tackle.

Odhiambo found space to score his second try of the match with an Asego conversion taking the scores to 21-0.

Just before halftime, Oscar Ouma made it 26-0 for Kenya with a try that originated from a lineout. Agunda, who has been sharp in intercepting kickoffs and retrieving balls from lineouts, was at the heart of action passing to Sidney Ashioya who found out Andrew Amonde.

He was too kind to hand the ball to Ouma after crossing the tryline. Renegades started off the second half with a try and conversion from Rooney Iona but it did little to tone down the fighting spirit from Shujaa.

Ouma and Philip Wamae added the final tries with two conversions from Eden Agero.

Morans finish third

Kenya Morans finished third after winning their third place playoff 12-10 against Western Province.

Fabian Olando and Darwin Mukidza scored Morans’ tries while Augustine Lugonzo added a conversion. Iewan Bartels replied with two unconverted tries for Western Province.

Odhiambo was the tournament's top try scorer with nine tries and shared the top points scorer award with teammate Lavin Asego.

They each had having 45 points. KCB won the Shield final beating Nakuru 7-0.

Western Bulls forfeited the Plate trophy to Samurai going down 14-34. Reg Muller scored two tries while Derigh Badenhorst, Logan Basson, Jaun Swanepoel and Gerhard Scholtz added one try each. Basson and Jeremy Manning added two conversions.

Elvis otieno scored two tries for Western Bulls with Solomon Obiero and Duncan Abuyera kicking over one conversion. Grenoble flew back home with the Bowl trophy after beating Belgium 10-7 while Uganda won the Jug title with a 19-0 win over Homeboyz.

Day two results

Main Cup -Quarter finals; Shujaa 40 Samurai 0, Quins 7 Western Province 14, Australia Renegades 24 Western Bulls 21, Kenya Morans w/o England Royals; Semi-finals; Shujaa 26 Western Province 14, Australian Renegades 28 Kenya Morans 12; Final: Shujaa 40 Australia Renegades 7. Playoff; Kenya Morans 12 Western Province 10. Plate Semi finals: Samurai 26 Quins 12, Samurai w/o England Royals; Final: Samurai 34 Western Bulls 14. Bowl Quarter finals: Belgium 31 Nakuru 10, Grenoble 36 Zambia 0, Impala 19 Kenya Sevens Academy 0, KCB 7 Mwamba 24; Semifinals: Belgium 12 Impala 10, Grenoble 14 Mwamba 7; Final: Grenoble 10 Belgium 7. Shield Semi final: Nakuru 12 Zambia 5, Kenya Sevens Academy 0 KCB 12; Final: Nakuru 0 KCB 7. Jug Semi finals: Uganda 33 Rwanda 5, Homeboyz 31 Botswana 5; Final: Uganda 19 Homeboyz 0.