Shujaa edge Zimbabwe to win Victoria Falls tourney


Nelson Oyoo (C) of Kenya Shujaa celebrate with teammates Cyprian Kuto (L) and Leonard Mugaisi ...
Nelson Oyoo (C) of Kenya Shujaa celebrate with teammates Cyprian Kuto (L) and Leonard Mugaisi after scoring against Western Province during their Safari Sevens semi-finals match at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 25, 2016. Kenya won 17-05 to qualify for the finals. Photo/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The national sevens team Shujaa are the 2018 Victoria Falls Sevens champions after claiming a 10-5 win Zimbabwe in the Cup final on Sunday
  • Levy Amunga and Brian Wahinya each scored a try in the first half to give Kenya a 10-0 lead before Rian O’Neill replied for the hosts at the restart to make it 10-5

The national sevens team Shujaa are the 2018 Victoria Falls Sevens champions after claiming a 10-5 win Zimbabwe in the Cup final on Sunday.

Levy Amunga and Brian Wahinya each scored a try in the first half to give Kenya a 10-0 lead before Rian O’Neill replied for the hosts at the restart to make it 10-5.

The scoreline stood at that as Kenyan defence stood tight to ensure Shujaa clinched the invitational tournament on their debut appearance.

Shujaa had advanced to the final after claiming a 17-10 win over neighbours Uganda earlier in the day with the Zambezi Cheetahs setting up the final when they outclassed Zambia A 19-0 in the other semi.

Experienced utility player Augustine Lugonzo and youngster Mark Kwemoi scored two quick tries for a 10-0 lead with the latter adding the extras.

Uganda however refused to go down without a fight as Kenya Harlequins winger Solomon Okia bagged two tries after the break to level the scores.

They were pegged back after Kenya was awarded a penalty for an infringement inside the 22-yard area.

With the buzzer going off, Shujaa showed good composure as Bush Mwale played in Samuel Muregi who went on to score at the corner in the dying minutes.

Shujaa had earlier run over Botswana 43-0 to book a spot in the semi finals.

Shujaa led 19-0 at the interval courtesy of tries by Impala Saracens flyhalf Mark Kwemoi and Kenya Harlequins forward Frank Wanyama.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz Bush Mwale,Derrick Mayar,Augustine Lugonzo and Ian Minjire each scored in the second half to maintain their unbeaten run.

The side had a superb day one winning 17-0 against False Bay before whipping Zambia 40-0.

The Will Webster side then went on to thrash a lowly Lesotho 52-0 before a 14-12 lucky escape over Botswana to finish top of Pool B.

SUMMARISED RESULTS

Day One

Kenya 17-0 False Bay

Kenya 40-0 Zambia

Kenya 52-0 Lesotho

Kenya 14-12 Zimbabwe

Day Two Results

Cup Quarters

Kenya 43-0 Spartans

Cup Semis

Kenya 17 Uganda 10

Zimbabwe 19-0 Zambia A

Cup Final

Kenya 10-5 Zimbabwe

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