Shujaa reach the cup semis in Vancouver

Shujaa defeated defending champions England 12-0 to reach the cup semifinal at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver on Sunday night. This was Shujaa’s first win over England since 2011.

They took a 7-0 lead into the break after Oscar Ouma’s try on the verge of half time was converted by Sammy Oliech. Billy Odhiambo added a second try deep in the second half to claim the result and a semifinal date against the USA at 1.30am EAT.

There was concern for Kenya in the opening minutes of this final Cup quarter-final as Collins Injera received treatment for an injury during kickoff. He was eventually back on his feet as he left the field, replaced by Eden Agero with many fearing that his tournament was over.

Moments later it looked for all the money in the world that Odhiambo was certain to go over for Kenya’s first score but Tom Mitchell’s desperate tackle halted him.

Kenya broke  free on the stroke of half time with Ouma scoring under the posts , Sammy Oliech adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead, a great way for them to finish the half.

Phil Burgess’ outstanding tackle, over the line, prevented Oliech from scoring Kenya’s second but they soon did.

The run up to this try was characterized by Injera’s return to the field of play, after many thought his tournament was over.  He took his position to strike off the five-metre scrum. They would swing it wide after gaining a further penalty, creating a four-on-two situation that set up Odhiambo for the try.

News Reporter