By Abigail Hashasha

Kenya Shujaa is the new Safari 7s champion, lifting the 23rd edition of Robin Cahill trophy after edging Germany 12-5 in a thriller-a-minute final at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi on Sunday 31 October 2021.

The event that was graced by foreign teams including Uganda, Samurai International, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Spain, Germany, and Titans Academy from South Africa lived to its billing as it exhibited a high level of competition and skills by players.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Alvin Otieno opened the score when he raced clear to touch under the posts, Johnstone Olindi converting for a 7-0 score.

Kenya Shujaa players dance after winning the 2021 Safari Sevens Rugby tournament at the Nyayo National Stadium on October 31, 2021. Photo/Kelly Ayodi

It remained a tight contest, Germany getting back into it on the stroke of halftime when Jack Hunt touched down, his unconverted try taking the scores to 7-5 at the interval.

The second half was an arm-wrestle, each team giving as good as they got. Shujaa would be dealt a blow when Collins Shikoli was sent to the bin but Germany failed to capitalize on the extra man. The Germans were down to six moments later when Carlos Soteras was sent to the bin.

Bush Mwale would make a darting run down the left flank, creating a platform for Herman Humwa to carry the ball closer to the try line, Olindi picking up the ensuing loose ball, shimmying past his defender to score the decisive try as Shujaa reclaimed the title that they last won in 2016.

Uganda wins plate Cup:

Uganda proved to be a future powerhouse in sevens rugby as they beat the big boy, Samurai 17-14 in the semi-final before edging Zimbabwe 29-12 in the final.

The Guinness powered Cranes celebrate winning the Safari 7s plate cup

The Guinness supported Rugby Cranes earlier on day one they beat defending champions Kenya Morans 12-0 and Spain 19-10

Collated Day three results:

Cup Quarters
Samurai 17 – Morans 21
Shujaa 19 – Uganda 12
KCB 10 – Red Wailers 21
Zimbabwe 14 – Germany 31

Ninth place semis
Chipu 19 – Stallions 0
SA All-Stars 7s 5 – Spain 19

Fifth place Semis
Uganda 17 – Samurai 14
KCB 0 – Zimbabwe 24

Cup Semis
Morans 17 – Shujaa 19
Red Wailers 7 – Germany 26

11th place final
SA All Stars 7s Academy 19 – Stallions 7s 12

9th place final
Spain 33 – Chipu 21

7th place final
Samurai 31 – KCB 17

5th place final
Uganda 29 – Zimbabwe 12

3rd place playoff
Morans 12 – Red Wailers 5

Final
Shujaa 12 – Germany 5

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