Kenya 7s make history with a centenary feat
Collins Injera the moment he scored his record breaking 231st try at Twickenham, London in 2016. Injera has been instrumental in the Team in the 2018 London Sevens. PHOTO | CITIZENTV | COURTESY
The HSBC drew its curtains on Sunday with Kenya beating Wales 33-19 in the trophy final, to achieve two honours. First of all, they became the HSBC London Sevens Challenge Trophy Champions and secondly, and most importantly, they hit the century mark for the very first time in history.
The best Kenya has done in the previous seasons was a 99 point haul during the 2012/2013 season. This season they have hit the century mark (at 101 now) with one more leg to spare.
The Kenya Sevens head coach, Innocent Simiyu was happy with the result, though he cried foul the way his boys begun the London Sevens leg. He pointed out that their target was not only to achieve the century mark but also to win at least one of the legs.
Kenya had registered dismal results early in the leg drawing with USA 19-19 before beating France 24-21. The 38-12 defeat to England sent them to the trophy quarters where they thrashed Spain 38-0 to book a Semifinal date with France, whom they had met in Pool C.
Their win against France set them up for Wales, easing past them to claim the trophy. Injera touched down first and made the resultant conversion in the first minute only for Julian Dominguez to reduce the gap to two less after he made a try failing to convert. Augustine Lugonzi made his own followed by Willy Ambaka, both of which were converted to give Shujaa a 21-5 lead at the break.
The Second half saw Billy Odhiambo, Brian Tanga and former captain Andrew Amonde touch down once each to seal the victory and achieve the historic feat.
The next assignment is now the final leg, Paris Sevens, which has been staged in Paris, France next weekend