The national rugby 7s team Shujaa closed out the 2021 HSBC Sevens World Series in third place after a third place finish at the season ending Edmonton Sevens at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
They faced Germany in the cup quarterfinal, emerging 24-17 winners. Jeff Oluoch and Alvin Otieno each landed a brace with Levi Amunga slotting home two conversions.
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A cup semifinal clash against South African followed. It ended 33-7 to the Blitzboks in a match that saw Jeff Oluoch land Shujaa’s sole try, Amunga sure with the twos.
Up next was a clash against hosts Canada, third place at stake. A six try display saw Innocent Simiyu’s charges claim the bronze medal courtesy of a 33-14 result. Otieno and Billy Odhiambo grabbed braces with Willy Ambaka and Nelson Oyoo also crossing over the whitewash. Amunga contributed three conversions with Odhiambo scoring a rare conversion.
The team finished third overall with 34 points, level with second placed Great Britain and six behind overall winners South Africa.
Leading try scorers, leading points scorers and winners of every single game across both weekends, South Africa finished the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 as deserved champions.
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The Blitzboks backed up their win in Vancouver last week to take the second tournament of the shortened Series in Edmonton, securing a second gold medal with a 24-12 victory over Great Britain in the final.
Absent Olympic champions Fiji and other Series powerhouses New Zealand and Australia will have taken note of the Blitzboks’ performance ahead of the start of the 2022 Series and no doubt been impressed by the way Neil Powell’s new-look squad came together so quickly.