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Shujaa to battle South Africa in Safari 7s semi

Kenya Shujaa players during the Safari Sevens at the RFUEA Grounds on October 19, 2019. PHOTORaymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Hosts Shujaa will take on World Series core side South Africa in the semi-finals of the Safari Sevens, but Shujaa will be worried with the absence of speedstar Collins Injera who picked up a shoulder injury in their 19-14 win over defending champions Samurai.

Injera fell awkwardly on his shoulder as he tried to break out for a try on the right and he remained on the ground, rolling in pain before being attended by the medics.

His involvement in the afternoon semi is a major doubt as he was wheeled away to the hospital in an ambulance just after the game.

Shujaa were comfortably leading 12-0 but just after Injera got injured, Samurai pulled one back for a 12-7 half time lead.

Collins Injera is ushered into an ambulance and taken to the hospital after picking up an injury during Shujaa’s quarter-final win over Samurai at the Safari Sevens on October 20, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

Nelson Oyoo broke the deadlock when he raced clear on the right with Daniel Taabu’s conversion going wide. But, Shujaa made it 12-0 when Amonde bullied his way off the left and raced down under the posts with Taabu adding the twos.

But, with Kenya numerically disadvantaged from Injera’s injury, Samurai pulled one back through Strydom WJ with the extras going in for a 12-7 half time score.

Kenya however got back into comfortable distance when Mike Okello went down under the posts with Taabu adding the compliments for a 19-7 lead.

Samurai drew one back through Richard Mill to make some nervous ending to the game taking it to a five point tie, but after the restart the home boys won the ball and kicked out to ensure the win was reserved.

Earlier, South Africa South Africa beat Kenya’s National Sevens Circuit Champions KCB 31-14 to comfortably sail into the semis.

Skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi dotted down twice for the Boks with Steadman Gans and Visser Impi adding one each. KCB’s tries were dotted down by Samuel Asati and Tony Onyango, both of which were converted.

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