By Johnson Were in Nairobi
Main Cup final
Kenya Shujaa 40 Australia 7
Samurai 34 Western Bulls 14
Grenoble 12 Belgium 7
Uganda 33 Kenya Home Boys 0
Jug Cup Semi final
Uganda 35 Rwanda 5
EMMA Echudu’s two tries and a try each by Philip Pariyo, Justin Kimono and Benon Kiiza were enough to hand the Rugby Cranes 7s team the Mug trophy in the 18th edition of the Safaricom 7s tournament in Nairobi.
Despite winning the Mug Cup, the team’s failure to reach the knock-out stages this time, in an the event they have participated in for the last over 8 years was a disappointment.
Coach Tolbert Onyango attributed the below par performance to lack of body conditioning of the players which is key not only in rugby but all other sports.
“Winning the Mug is motivating for the boys but that was not our target. But as you saw they have the ability but they can’t post better results without conditioning,” Onyango stated after the final.
The team posted the worst performance ever since it started playing the Safaricom 7s tournament by not winning any preliminary game as they lost 20-7 to Kenya Commercial Bank, 43-0 to Australia and only managed to draw 5-5 with Nakuru.
This threw them in the MUG trophy that was only introduced this year.The tournament was won by Kenya Shujaa who whipped Australia Renegade 40-7 to win the 18th edition.
Billy Odhiambo, Andrew Amonde, Patrice Agunda and Oscar Ouma scored tries with Lavin Asego converting thrice to give the hosts a 26-0 half time lead.
On return Kenya was more aggressive and Oscar Ouma added a try before Philip Wamayo sealed the 40-7 score to hand Kenya the trophy.