Fierce battle on the cards as Shujaa aim at Fiji in Hong Kong Sevens final


Fierce battle on the cards as Shujaa aim at Fiji in Hong Kong Sevens final
(FILE)Samoa's Tila Mealoi (C) makes a break during the World Rugby Sevens Series match between Samoa and Kenya at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BRADLEY

In Summary

  • Shujaa stormed through to the Main Cup finals of the ongoing Hong Kong Sevens to set up a repeat of the Vancouver Sevens final between Kenya and Fiji.
  • The last time these two sides met at Vancouver 7s Fiji out run Shujaa 31-12to be crowned champions of the Vancouver leg.
  • Kenya scored three tries by Willy Ambaka and a brace from Collin Injera that Impala Saracens fly half Sammy Oliech easily converted against New Zealand two tries that Khan converted once.

Shujaa stormed through to the Main Cup finals of the ongoing Hong Kong Sevens after beating New Zealand 21-12 to set up a repeat of the Vancouver Sevens final with Fiji.

The last time these two sides met was at Vancouver 7s, with Fiji coming out winners 31-12 to be crowned champions of the Vancouver leg.

And in Hong Kong, Kenya scored three tries ; one by Willy Ambaka and a brace from Collin Injera that Impala Saracens fly-half Sammy Oliech easily converted against New Zealand two tries that Khan converted once.

New Zealand were first to go under the posts with a try from Amanaki Nicole for Rocky Khan to convert easily for a 7-0 early lead.

The East Africans, like it has been the norm in this series,  composed themselves and after a series of recycling the ball from wing-to-wing were reimbursed.

Shujaa’s charm winger Collins Injera who has time and again orchestrated something out of nothing was involved in the key moment that restored Kenya’s parity in the second minute to go under posts for Oliech to add the extras for a 7-7 tie.

A defiant New Zealand were not going down easily and fly half Rocky Khan sliced through a tight Kenya defence but skipper Oscar Ouma led from the front and delivers a huge try saving tackle on his own line Kenya finish the half by snatching the lead.

However with the scores tied 7-7 after the break it was the ever present Collins Injera who stood up, affirming his expertise with the oval shaped ball with his second try and 253 all-time in the series, leaving the fans applauding his prowess in the field.

This second try was a beauty of a finish, sidestepping the opposition and sprinting to go under.

Thereafter Kenya snatched the lead, hauling their advantage to 14-7.

The last nail on the coffin was drilled by “Big Willy” Ambaka who was set up by previous skipper Andrew Amonde. Ambaka picked the ball deep in their territory and in his trademark fashion made a powerful run to assist a yearning Ambaka at the wing who showed a clear pair of heels metres away from the try box to score under the posts which Agero easily converted.

Loads and loads of possession for New Zealand soon paid off with Jona Nareki scoring a second try for the ‘All Blacks’ just after the buzzer that went unconverted for a 21-12 final scoreline.

Shujaa will play Fiji in the Main cup final from 2:00 pm (Kenyan time) after Fiji beat South Africa 26-24, to set a tense meeting with the Innocent Simiyu coached side.

Summarized Shujaa Results in Hong Kong:

Kenya 33- 10 Canada-group stage

Kenya 26-0 Spain-group stage

Kenya 26-28 Australia-group stage

Kenya 19-12 Vs Scotland (Cup Quarters)

Kenya 21-12 New Zealand (Cup Semifinals)

 

 

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