Shujaa whitewash Samurai to retain Safari 7s title
Kenya Shujaa managed to retain the Safari 7s title after a 19-0 win over Samurai at RFUEA Ground on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The win in the final summarized what Shujaa have been all throughout the two-day tournament. They sailed the previous hurdles undefeated before they whitewashed their ultimate rivals in a showdown that was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
It was a big blow to the Samurai dream as they hoped to win the title, which they last lifted in 2019, when they defeated their arch-rivals, the Shujaas.
Meanwhile, Patrick Odongo, who has been the epitome of Shujaa's succesful campaign, opened the scoring with his first try of the duel.
The home side did not add more tries and went to the break with the lead secured from Odongo's effort.
When the second half began, an overload set Kevin Wekesa through for a try, which meant the lead was extended to 12-0. Shujaa took advantage of their numerical strength, given that the opponents were reduced to six men.
Odongo was the scorer of the final try, which eventually meant that they were the Safari 7s champions again.
Meanwhile, Uganda Lady Cranes are the champions in the women's category after a 15-12 win over Kenya Lionesses.
Day Two order of play: Sunday, November 19, 2023 results
Men: Tropic 7s 7-33 Uganda | 9:30am
Men: Shujaa 34-7 Red Wailers | 9:52am
Men: Western Province, 10-28 Samurai, 10:14 a.m.
Men: Germany 15-14 Morans | 10:36am
Women: Tropic 7 Lionesses|10:58am
Women: Cubs Uganda | 11:20am
Men Cup semis: Samurai 21-19 Uganda | 12:02 p.m.
Men Cup semis: Shujaa 19-5 Germany | 12:24pm
Men 5th Semis: Kenya Morans 26-10 Tropics | 12:46pm
Men 5th semis: Red Wailers 19-29 KCB | 1:08 p.m.
Women semis: 1:30 p.m.
Women semis: 1:52 pm
Men 9th and 10th: SA All Stars 28-19 Western Province | 2:34 p.m.
Men 7th and 8th: Red Wailers | 2:56 p.m.
Men's 5th Final: Morans 26-0 KCB | 3:18pm
Women 3rd and 4th: Cubs 31–7 Tropics | 3:40pm
Men's 3rd and 4th: Uganda 31-5 Germany | 4:05 pm
Women's final: Kenya Lionesses 15-12 Uganda | 4:30pm
Main Final: Shujaa 19-0 Samurai | 4:55 p.m.