Patrick Odongo-inspired Shujaa hammer Samurai to retain Safari Sevens title

RUGBY Patrick Odongo-inspired Shujaa hammer Samurai to retain Safari Sevens title

Mark Kinyanjui 19:00 - 19.11.2023

Patrick Odongo continued his impressive run for Kenya Sevens as he led them to the Safari Sevens title following a 19-0 thrashing of Samurai

Patrick Odongo inspired Shujaa into retaining the Safari Sevens title as his two tries were enough to help the Kenyans secure a 19-0 win over Samurai to be crowned champions.

Odongo put Kenya ahead when he teared through the right flank before landing a try which was successfully converted after an edgy first few minutes.

John Okoth should have made it two tries when he was found well by Vincent Onyala on the left flank, but the Samurai defence had enough to deny him just before he crossed the line, forcing Shujaa to scrum in their 22-yard zone.

Odongo had another chance to extend the lead just before the break down the left, but again, Samurai held firm to deny him when he was clean through on goal.

Wekesa did, however, extend the lead after the break when he teared down the right flank to land a converted try to put them 12 points to the good.

From a scrum down the right flank, the ball was successfully passed through to the other flank before Odongo scored his second try-albeit unconverted, to make it 17-0 for Shujaa. The result was enough to make Shujaa retain the title.

Lionesses fall short to Uganda

Meanwhile, Uganda are the winners of the women's crown after they overcame Kenya Lionesses 15-12 to clinch the title.

Uganda drew first blood with an unconverted try but Kenya equalized to make it 5-5.

Their parity did not last long, and Uganda were soon ahead, with two unconverted tries either side of half time.

This did not deter the Lionesses, who did at least manage to reduce the deficit by seven points, but it was not enough to come back and in the end, Uganda would emerge victorious.

Collated results from Safari Sevens day two

Main Final: Samurai 0-19 Shujaa

Womens final :Lionesses 12- Uganda 15

Women 3rd and 4th :Cubs 31-Tropics 7

Mens 3rd and 4th;  Uganda 31 -7 Germany

Mens 5th Final :Morans 26-0 KCB

Men 7th and 8thSA All Stars  28-21 Western Province Select

Men 9th and 10th:Uganda 26-12 Cubs

Women semis :Lionesses 45-0 Tropic 7s

Men Fifth Semis:: KCB 29- 19 Red Wailers

Men Fifth Semis: Morans 26-10 Tropics Sevens

Men Cup Semis: Shujaa 19-5 Germany

Men Cup Semis:Samurai 29-19 Uganda

Women: Cubs 5-0 Uganda

Women: Lionesses 36-7 Tropic Sevens

Men: Morans 14-17 Germany

Men: Samurai 28- Western Province 10

Men: Red Wailers 7 -34 Shujaa

Men:Tropic 7s Tropic 7s 7-33 Shujaa