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Kenya beat Samurai to reclaim Safari Sevens

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Kenya Shujaa Captain Andrew Amonde lift Safari 7s. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
Kenya Shujaa Captain Andrew Amonde lift Safari 7s. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenya reclaimed the Safari Sevens title after overcoming Samurai RFC 38-21 in the final played on Sunday at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.

The win saw Shujaa revenge over Samurai who beat Kenya last year in the final and see the hosts win the trophy they last won in 2013 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Frank Wanyama sent Shujaa ahead in the opening minutes with a brace as Brian Tanga converted only one try before the Kabras Sugar man touched down to make 17-0.

Dan Sikuta, a Kenyan who turned out for Samuraui, touched down to take scores 7-17 at half-time.

Billy Odhiambo heading to the try-line in their Safari 7s final against Samurai. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
Billy Odhiambo heading to the try-line in their Safari 7s final against Samurai. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Leonard Mugaisi opened the second half with a try extending the lead to 24-7 after Tanga’s conversion before he went out for Eden Agero.

Billy Odhiambo showed his experience pacing forward to make things 31-7 but the Samurai boys pulled one more through Doughi Fife and were on the verge of leveling things after Fife converted Micahel Fedo’s try.

Tanga was at it again breaking through to hand Ambaka the ball to touch down.

To reach the final, Shujaa thrashed Western province 17-5 while Samurai RFC, with Kenyan boys, beat England Saxons 7-5 to set up the decider.

Homeboyz bagged the Bowl after winning three round matches beating Morocco, Rwanda and Belhar Rockets while Cape Warriors took the Plate courtesy of a 33-7 win over Red Wailers as Western Province finished third after beating England Saxons.

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