The Kenya Sevens team that traveled to Dubai for the opening leg of the IRB Sevens circuit of 2017/2018 looked a solid side no doubt, with a good blend of both youth and experience. Shujaa was captained, for the first time, by Oscar Ayodi in place of the injured Andrew Amonde. The only series debutant picked by Kenya head coach, Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu was Herman Humwa, a lock forward from Koelel High School who now plays for the Sportpesa Quins. Namcos claimed his pace and physicality would be an added advantage to the team.
Shujaa finished the weekend with ten points placing them seventh in overall standings after this opening leg of the series circuit. Their campaign ended after losing to Australia 19-12 in the fifth place semi-final match. Our tries, for this final game, were scored by Brian Tanga and Nakuru RFC flyer Nelson Oyoo. Namcos will now be shifting the team’s focus to Cape Town.
Meanwhile, South Africa a.k.a the Blitzbokke, our continental rivals, were in blistering form and seemed on course to retain their title and boy do those guys look a terrifying side. With Kwagga Smith and Seabelo Senatla, who by the way finished the weekend with nine tries, back into the squad from some Super Rugby 15’s action, very few teams will have the arsenal or firepower to match this impressive side.
All in all, though, the opening Dubai leg wasn’t too bad for both the Kenya Sevens team and their fans. It was a great start and showed us a lot to look forward to. So, kudos guys. Next stop, Cape Town, South Africa.