Shujaa storm to Safland semis


Frank Wanyama (L) and Bush Mwale of Kenya Shujaa fights for the ball with Carstens ...
Frank Wanyama (L) and Bush Mwale of Kenya Shujaa fights for the ball with Carstens Mitchel of Cape Warriors during their Safari Sevens group stage match at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 24, 2016. Kenya Shujaa won 38-07. Photo/Sportpicha

The Kenya 7s  team is through to the semi finals of 2017 Safland 7s after winning two of their round robin games in Swakopmund Namibia.

The Shujaa however narrowly lost to rivals South Africa Select (SAS) 24-22 in their last game of the pool on Saturday.

Shujaa had hoped to win all their matches to finish top but a loss to South Africa worked against them .The Shujaa howeverS ail to the semis as second best placed pool team after the South Africans.

Shujaa securing second position means they will play a third-placed team in the semis.

Against SAS, Kenya crossed the try line three times and made three conversions while their opponents grabbed four tries and two conversions.

Willy Ambaka races to score Kenya's third try against New Zealand at USA 7s on Saturday, March 5, 2016. PHOTO/World Rugby
Willy Ambaka races to score Kenya’s third try against New Zealand at USA 7s on Saturday, March 5, 2016. PHOTO/World Rugby

Kenya Harlequins sensational Eden Agero crossed over twice with Jeff Oluoch also helping himself with a try. Eden would later on add the extras for Shujaa.

Shujaa kicked off their campaign in the tourney on a high note by thrashing hosts Namibia 12-0 before seeing off Zambia 31-0 in a one sided games on Friday.

Their twin victories secured them a second slot in pool ‘A’ on nine points as SA Select topped with 12 points after winning all their group matches. Bulls came third as Namibia and Zambia finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Pool B saw Namibia Academy finish top with 12 points above Dulia who had 9 as Tisan, Botswana and Lesotho finished third and fourth with six and three points respectively.

Phenomenon kid Samuel Muregi scored two tries on his debut with powerhouse Willy Ambaka and the experienced Brian Tanga standing out as the backbone.

Kenya Shujaa team fans cheer their team 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
Kenya Shujaa team fans cheer their team 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

Kenya, under the care of Will Webster is using Safland 7s as a build up for the busy 2017/2018 HSBC World Sevens Series opener in Dubai.

Head coach Innocent Simiyu was left behind with the rest of the squad in Nanyuki in a high performance camp as they look to record good results in the Series.

Day one collated results

Kenya 31-0 Zambia

Kenya 12-0 Namibia

Botswana 7-29 Dukla

Botswana 0-17 Namibia

SA select 24-7 Bulls

Tisan 24-0 Lesotho

Dukla 29-0 Tisan

Namibia 7-0 Bulls

SA Select 20-14 Zambia

Dukla 7-26 Namibia Academy

Botswana 24-0 Lesotho

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