Shujaa fall in Vancouver Sevens final

Shujaa fall in Vancouver Sevens final
Shujaa and South Africa in action at the Vancouver Sevens/Photo/World Rugby

The first all-African Cup final since Adelaide in 2008, and only the second in series history, began with Kenya failing to deal with the kick-off and good field position for South African to work Davids into space for the first of his two tries on the night.

Kenya's Vancouver Sevens campaign ended with a 5-38 cup final defeat to South Africa at the BC Place in Vancouver ealry Monday morning, East African Time.

It was the most points scored by any team in a Series Cup final in Canada and included six tries to take their overall tally to 38 for the tournament – again, a new high. Try poacher extraordinaire, Angelo Davids, was responsible for 10 of them, becoming the first player to hit double figures for a single tournament in Canada and the first to score 10 tries in a Series event since France’s Terry Bouhraoua at Cape Town in 2017.

The first all-African Cup final since Adelaide in 2008, and only the second in series history, began with Kenya failing to deal with the kick-off and good field position for South African to work Davids into space for the first of his two tries on the night. Continuing to be dogged by handling errors, Kenya struggled to get into the game and Davids doubled his tally when he intercepted a pass 20 metres out.

A trademark powerful run by Alvin Otieno temporarily lifted the Shujaa but the Blitzboks remained in control of possession and added further tries through Sakoyisa Makata and Christie Grobbelaar to claim a 24-0 half-time lead.

Another turnover at the start of the second period proved costly for Kenya as Ronald Brown capitalised to score his sixth try of the tournament, one fewer than Otieno who had a big hand in Kenya’s only try of the final when he attracted the attention of three defenders to open up space for Daniel Taabu to cross. Fittingly though, it was South Africa who had the final word when Darren Adonis touched down late on.