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Shujaa beat South Africa to wrest Safland trophy

Gibo Zachary @peoplesport11

National sevens rugby team, Shujaa are Safland Sevens champions after beating South Africa 19-12 in an entertaining but tightly contested final staged at Shakopmund, Namibia on Saturday evening.

Shujaa who prior to their title victory had only lost once in the two-day tournament, interestingly to the same side, had speedster Sammy Oliech’s converted try set a stage for Shujaa’s cruising to the title.

After Oliech’s converted try, Shujaa continued to dominate proceedings, taking charge of the game in the first half as big wheels Willy Ambaka charged forward, racing to the try line to touch down unconverted try to give Kenya a deserved 12-0 lead at the break.

On resumption, however, Shujaa slowed down while their opponents South Africa resumed in the second stanza a new different side, taking Shujaa head on and their efforts landed them a five points try to reduce the gap to 12-5 with time fast-fading.

Debutant Sam Muregi would minutes later land a converted try to restore Shujaa’s pride and 12 points lead, taking the scoreline to 19-5. Unrelenting Southerners would not give in the fight, creating space in the Shujaa half line, taking advantage of the gap to score a late converted try but it was Shujaa who held it tight to lift the title with a hard-fought 19-12 victory at the final whistle.

Shujaa under the sponsorship of gaming company SportPesa, started this tournament’s title quest on a high on Friday evening by beating hosts Namibia 12-0 in their opening section X match.

They then upper their ante to brush aside Zambia 31-0 on Saturday morning in their second match and the graph continued to rise as they hammered South Africa’s Bulls side 41-0 to seal a slot in the semi-final with a match to space.

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