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Monday, May 18, 2015

Kenya 7s Save Best for Last, Fiji Win Sevens Series

Kenya Sevens team ended their generally disappointing 2015 HSBC World Sevens Series campaign by putting in a strong show in the last leg in London to claim the bowl title.

Shujaa went to Twickenham at the back of having lost in the Bowl semifinals in their previous Glasgow Sevens leg and had been drawn to face hosts England, Scotland and minnows Brazil.

They endured a catastrophic first day in which they were shredded into pieces, first being whitewashed 40-0 by England before suffering a 26-12 loss to Scotland which crushed their hopes of making it into the main Cup quarters.

Felix Ochieng’s side saved some face as they labored to a 19-14 win over Brazil which ensured they finished 3rd in the group and qualify for the Bowl quarters.

Kenya were faced Japan who they beat 24-12 on the second day,  a match which was highlighted by Collins Injera’s 200th Rugby Sevens try. Samoa were the opposition for Shujaa in the semis. Injera touched down first but Samoa responded immediately with a converted try to give the Oceanians a 7-5 lead.

Dennis Ombachi and Billy Odhiambo stepped up and scored a brace each as Kenya triumphed 38-7. They met Argentina in the final, a team they brushed aside 26-12 to lift London Sevens Bowl title.

The win gave Shujaa 8 points but they were unable to move up the ranks as they finished 13th on 46 points, just two places above relegated Japan.

Last season, Kenya finished 7th with 84 points.

United States lifted the main cup title after going unbeaten and overpowering Australia 45-22 in the final.

However, the overall title went to Fiji whose 19-7 defeat of South Africa in the Main Cup quarters ensured they won the Series for only the second time in their history.

Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and England grabbed the Rio 2015 Olympic spots while the rest, including Kenya, will have to go through the qualifiers.

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