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Shujaa thrash Uganda, qualify for Olympics

Shujaa players celebrate after winning the Africa 7s title and qualifying for the Olympics in Johannesburg on November 9, 2019. PHOTO/Rugby Afrique

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – The national men’s rugby sevens team is through to their second consecutive Olympic Games after thrashing Uganda 31-0 in the Africa 7s Cup final in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Shujaa ran in five tries, three of which were converted as they convincingly beat the Ugandans to not only secure a ticket to the Olympics but also clinch back the African title they lost to Zimbabwe last year.

Shujaa qualified for the finals after being made to work hard by Madagascar who they eventually thrashed 40-14 in the semi-finals. The islanders twice led in the match, but Shujaa ensured the scores were tied at 14-14 at the break before finishing them off in the second half.

Paul Feeney’s charges didn’t want to do the same mistakes in the final against a more potent Uganda side and they showed their intention from the onset.

Shujaa skipper Andrew Amonde bulldozes past Uganda players during the final of the Africa 7s in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 9, 2019. PHOTO/Rugby Afrique

Andrew Amonde bombarded his way across the try line after Shujaa won possession from kick off, and the captain showed immense strength to withstand the tackles thrown his way to break the deadlock. Daniel Taabu stepped up to slice the posts for a 7-0 lead.

Shujaa continued with their dominance before Taabu got a try of his own, a swiftly executed counter attack benefiting the Kenyans with acres of space before Taabu blitzed to the centre post and converted for a 14-0 lead at half time.

The dominance continued in the second half when Jeff Oluoch dotted down the third try of the match again capitalizing on turned over possession with Taabu adding the twos to take the scores to 21-0.

Shujaa winger Jeff Oluoch wheels past Uganda players during the final of the Africa 7s in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 9, 2019. PHOTO/Rugby Afrique

Oscar Dennis then came off the bench to bag two quick tries, first picking the ball off the ruck after Billy Odhiambo had made a good run on the right before being pulled down but Dennis picked up and crossed over.

Dennis then added his second in quick succession, a little dummy on the right gifting him a pocket of space to cross over the chalk as Shujaa finished off on a 31-0 lead.

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