Shujaa cruise, Leos clinch varsities 7s title
Defending champions Kenya Shujaa maintained a flawless run, beating tough Namibia, hosts Zimbabwe and rank outsiders Nigeria as the Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Sevens Cup championship got underway in Harare on Saturday.
Gibson Weru’s charges rallied from 0-7 down to beat hard-fighting Namibia 14-7 before showing great resilience to tame hosts Zimbabwe 19-17.
They would then trounce novices Nigeria 38-5 and have a match against Uganda in their last Pool B match of the day.
The Kenyan team will play its last pool match against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday at 10am.
Meanwhile, former National Sevens champions Strathmore Leos are the inaugural Kings of Rugby University Sevens champions.
Strathmore touched down nine tries and six conversions to crush Masinde Muliro 62-5 in the one-sided final of the tournament played at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday.
Kenya Sevens player Billy Odhiambo, Tony Owuor and Churchill Ooko scored a brace of tries each as Michael Wanjala, Humphrey Owuor and Frank Wanyama supplemented their efforts with a try apiece. Humphrey Owuor made the conversions.
Strathmore pocketed Sh 150,000 for their exploits while Masinde received Sh 75,000.
Strathmore, who conceded just two tries in the tournament, silenced Blak Blad from Kenyatta University 31-0 while Masinde Muliro tossed out Egerton University 19-12 in the semi-finals.