Kenya Sevens to play Zimbabwe in Africa Men’s 7s semis

Sunday, September 17th, 2023 12:27 | By
Kenya 7s in a past action. PHOTO/KRU/ Facebook
Kenya Sevens in a past action. PHOTO/KRU/ Facebook

Kenya Sevens advanced to the Rugby Africa 7s Cup semifinals, where they will face the host team Zimbabwe, following their convincing 26-0 quarterfinal victory over Burkina Faso at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday morning.

Burkina Faso, under the guidance of South African coach Bronsor Weir, initially posed a challenge for Shujaa by competing effectively at the breakdown.

Kenya Sevens capitalize

However, Burkina Faso's prospects were undermined by their own indiscipline, resulting in a reduction to just six players on the field.

Seizing this opportunity, Shujaa managed to get on the scoreboard with Patrick Odongo's unconverted try, taking a 5-0 lead.

Kenya 7s in a team photo. PHOTO/(@KenyaSevens)/Kenya 7s/X
Kenya 7s in a team photo. PHOTO/Kenya 7s/X

In the first half, John Okoth powered his way over the tryline, with Tony Omondi successfully converting, extending Shujaa's lead to 12-0 at halftime.

During the second half, Omondi confidently converted two more tries, scored by Okoth and Beldad Ogeta, securing a comfortable victory for Shujaa.

Zimbabwe earned their spot in the semifinals by defeating Madagascar 26-10, setting up an exciting clash with Shujaa at 1:50 pm EAT.

Kenya Sevens day one

In a stunning display of skill and dominance on Saturday, Shujaa claimed the top spot in Africa 7s Pool B with a resounding 38-12 victory over Zambia.

Under the guidance of their new head coach, Kevin Wambua, Kenya 7s put on an impressive performance throughout the pool stage.

The match against Zambia saw Samuel Asati scoring the opening try for Kenya, beautifully converted by Tony Omondi. Shortly after, Onyala added another try to extend Kenya's lead to 12-0.

Asati, who delivered an outstanding performance, and Omondi's contributions further increased Kenya's advantage to 19-5 before Nygel Amaitsa scored a try of his own, stretching the lead to 24-5 just before halftime.

Kenya 7s (Shujaa) celebrating after winning the 2021 Safari Sevens. PHOTO/KRU
Kenya Sevens celebrating after winning the 2021 Safari Sevens. PHOTO/KRU

The second half began with Patrick Odongo's try, followed by Omondi's conversion, pushing Kenya to a commanding 35-5 lead. Zambia managed to convert a try, reducing the gap to 35-12.

However, a converted try by Beldad Ogeta sealed the deal, and Kenya concluded their final group match with a convincing 38-12 victory.

Shujaa secured their spot in the quarterfinals with a dominant performance against Namibia, winning convincingly with a score of 51-0.

This victory followed a successful match against Nigeria, where they also secured maximum points.

In their match against Namibia, Onyala, Wekesa, and John Okoth each scored two tries, contributing significantly to Kenya's substantial lead.

Samuel Asati, making his debut for the national team, showcased his talent by scoring a try on the right flank, with Tony Omondi adding the conversion to secure a 7-0 lead.

Onyala continued his impressive performance by scoring his second try, assisted by a precise pass from Wekesa.

Wekesa further extended Kenya's lead to 17-0 with a powerful run through Namibia's defense.

Just before halftime, Shujaa launched a powerful counterattack initiated by Samuel Asati, who released a pass to Onyala, allowing him to score his second try.

In the second half, John Okoth added to the tally by scoring a try on the left flank. The try was successfully converted, extending the East Africans' lead to 31-0.

Kenya Sevens Rugby team celebrate winning this year’s Rugby Africa Sevens in South Africa. PHOTO/Rugby Africa

Wekesa secured his second try of the game, and Okoth contributed with another try after a skillful breakthrough in the defense.

George Ooro's try, successfully converted, concluded the match with Shujaa claiming a commanding 51-0 victory as they focused on the knockout phase.

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