Turner steers Welsh Warriors to Safari Sevens title, Shujaa settle for Plate

By francis marangu
Sep 28, 2021
  • Shujaa, last years Safari Sevens winners settled for the Plate. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Welsh Warriors beat an impressive Argentina to win this year's Safari Sevens. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Matt Turner steered Welsh Warriors to the 2014 Safaricom Safari Sevens title by beating Argentina 24-17 in the final at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on Sunday.

A new-look Shujaa who won the title last year scaled down the ladder with a Plate title by narrowly beating Auckland 17-14 in the final.

In the main cup final, Turner scored a try and kicked over a conversion as Welsh Warriors came back from 5-12 at halftime to claim their maiden title. Argentina looked set for a win right from kick off when Segundo Tuculet touched down for the first converted as they led 7-0.

Sam Isaacs pulled back a try for Welsh Warriors but Ramiro Finco added a second try for Welsh Warriors going to the breather.

On resumption, Argentina extended the lead 17-5 from a try by Alex Muller. Welsh Warriors immediately turned out in the true champions spirit to score three successive tries through Rob Coote, Mike Muller and Turner. One of the tries was converted.

Matt Turner was named the tournament's top try scorer with Argentina’s Alex Muller feted as the most valuable player. “The level of competition was massive. This team had the maturity and it was very much at play in the final when we had to fight back,” Turner said after the match.

Samurai beat Western Province 31-26 in sudden-death play-off to finish third.

In the Plate final, Shujaa went to the breather trailing 12-14 and had the industrious Bush Mwale to thank for the win. Fabian Olando scored a quick try converted by Augustine Lugonzo with Michael Wanjala making it 12-0 in succession.

Shujaa failed to hold onto the lead crumbling to the pressure exerted by Auckland Metro who were keen to cause an upset. Phoenix Hunapo and Tain Lam scored two tries with Rocky Khan converting twice going to the breather.

Mwale touched down midway the second half to ensure Kenya gets a silverware. Germany won bowl beating Sharks 26-21 in sudden death while Golden Lions came down from 0-14 at halftime to take home shield with a 26-14 win over Uganda.

Day Two Results

Bowl Quarters: Germany 40 Wailers 0, Morans 19 Lions 17, Uganda 5 Sharks 24, Spain 36 Boland 7; Main Cup Quarters: Shujaa 21 Western Province 29, Welsh Warriors 19 Simba Saba 12, Argentina 52 Auckland Metro 5, Samurai 33 Australian Iconz 5; Semi finals, Shield: Suzuki Wailers 12 Lions 19, Uganda 42 Boland Cavaliers 10; Bowl: Germany 28 Morans 12, Spain 14 Sharks 19; Plate: Shujaa 17 Simba Saba 14, Auckland Metro 38 Australia Iconz 7; Main Cup: Western Province 14 Welsh Warriors 17, Argentina 35 Samurai 14; Finals, Shield: Golden Lions 26 Uganda 14; Bowl: Germany 26 Sharks 21; Plate: Shujaa 17 Auckland Metro 14; Main Cup: Argentina 17 Welsh Warriors 24.