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Safari 7s: Kenya Shujaa face Red Wailers in Cup quarters

Saturday October 19 2019

Fans cheer on Kenyan teams during the Safari Sevens at RFUEA ground on October 19, 2019. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Fans cheer on Kenyan teams during the Safari Sevens at RFUEA ground on October 19, 2019. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

AYUMBA AYODI
By AYUMBA AYODI
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Kenya Shujaa face defending champions Samurai International while Kenya Morans take on French side Seventise in the main Cup quarter-finals of Safari Sevens on Sunday at RFUEA ground.

In other Cup quarterfinal matches, National Sevens champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) face South Africa Blitzbokke while Red Wailers from the United Kingdom will take on Russia Academy.

Shujaa completed their day one action flawless, crushing Zambia and Russia Academy 31-0 and 41-0 before wrapping up their Pool “C” outing with a 19-7 victory against Blue Bulls from South Africa.

Morans and KCB won two matches and lost one each but had done enough to qualify for the Cup quarters. KCB stunned World Rugby Sevens Series outfits Spain 24-7 before beating Africa Sevens champions Zimbabwe 19-12 to also reach the knockout stage. They would then lose to Seventise 35-12 in their last Pool “D” outing.

TOPPED THEIR POOL

Seventise, coached by former Kenya Sevens player Ted Omondi, topped the pool after they had previously whacked Zimbabwe 24-0 and Spain 14-0.

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Morans edged out Uganda 24-10 only to lose 17-12 to South Africa but bounced back to thrash Burundi 52-0 and advance.

Debutante Mike Okello scored a brace of tries with David Taabu managing one as Shujaa edged out Blue Bulls.

Bush Mwale had earlier landed a hat-trick of tries as Shujaa annihilated Russia Academy but not before Nelson Oyoo added a brace of tries.

Oyoo scored a two tries before Mwale went for his hat-trick as Shujaa took the lead against the Russians. Then skipper Andrew Amonde crossed the line for Shujaa’s 29-0 lead at the break. Daniel Taabu converted two of the tries. Then Brian Wandera and Michael Wanjala completed the rout with a try each as Wanjala converted his own try to blow away the Russians.

FIXTURES

Main Cup quarter-finals

10:20 - South Africa v KCB

10:40 - Shujaa v Samurai

11:00 - Seventise v Morans

11:20 - Red Wailers v Russia Academy

Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals

9:00 - Uganda v Zimbabwe

9:20 - Zambia v Zastava

9:40 - Spain v Burundi

10:00 - W. Province v Blue Bulls

Collated Day One Results

Uganda 10-24 Morans; South Africa 61-0 Burundi; Western Province 19-17 Zastava; Samurai 5-19 Red Wailers; Blue Bulls 24-24 Russia Academy; Shujaa 31-0 Zambia; Zimbabwe 0-24 Seventise; Spain 7-24 KCB; Uganda 33-12 Burundi; South Africa 17-12 Morans; Western Province 15-12 Red Wailers; Samurai 33-14 Zastava; Blue Bulls 27-17 Zambia; Shujaa 41-0 Russia Academy; Zimbabwe 12-19 KCB; Spain 0-24 Seventise; Morans 52-0 Burundi; Zastava 12-19 Red Wailers; Russia Academy 32-12 Zambia; Seventise 35-12 KCB; South Africa 19-17 Uganda; Samurai 17-12 Western Province; Shujaa 19-7 Blue Blues; Spain 29-0 Zimbabwe.

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