Kenya 7s claim Shield in London Sevens
By Eric Njiru | Sun 22 May, 2016 18:28

Kenya Sevens won the Shield in the last leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, London Sevens after beating Russia 31-7 on Sunday at the Twickneham Stadium.

Kenya had beaten Brazil 38-5 in the semis while Russia saw off Portugal 26-7 which also confirmed their core participation in the next season.

In the pool matches, Kenya beat Portugal 22-17 but lost 24-12 to Scotland and 29-12 to France which was followed by 21-19 defeat to Wales in the Bowl quarters.

First blood to Kenya was drawn as Willy Ambaka danced his way through the Russiandefence for the opening try of the Shield final. Russia's cause wasn’t helped by Denis Simplikevich seeing yellow for kicking the ball away and Collins Injera pounced to score another. Nelson Oyoo claimed number three and then it was time for Injera's 235th series try to put the Africans firmly in control at the break.

The damage may have already been done but Ramil Gaysin wouldn’t wipe the smile off his face after scoring his first series try, the Russian playmaker breaking through the middle, throwing a dummy to no-one, and backing himself to go over. That only woke Kenya up again and Nelson Oyoo grabbed his second to end any hopes of a Russian comeback.

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere with experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: +254726205521
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