Kenya 7s won the Safland Sevens after beating South Africa Select 19-12 on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Namibia.
Kenya ran in three tries with two conversions against South Africa’s two tries and one conversion. To reach the cup final, Kenya had beaten Namibia Academy 38-0.
Sammy Oliech, Willy Ambaka and Sam Muregi scored for Kenya with Oliech making the conversions to beat a side they had lost to in pool matches.
Assistant coach Will Webster took charge of the team in Namibia as head coach Innocent Simiyu remained in Nairobi with the rest of the team.
Safland 7s was the first pre-season tournament for Kenya 7s.
In Safland 7s, Kenya beat Namibia 12-0, Zambia 31-0, Bulls 49-0, Namibia Academy 38-0 and lost 24-21 to SA Select in Pool matches.
The national sevens side returns to Nairobi to continue with preparations for the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series opener, Dubai 7s.
For Dubai 7s, The Blitzboks are drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Kenya and invitational team Uganda. Pool B has a European feel to it as England meet Scotland, France and the newly promoted Spain.
Olympic champions Fiji are drawn in Pool C with Australia, Wales and Russia while New Zealand, USA, Argentina and Samoa make up Pool D.
“We have an exciting pool with two local derbies to sort out bragging rights. We will have our mini ‘King of Africa 7s’ competition in the pool. I know we have enough firepower to top the pool,” said Innocent Simiyu.
The 2016-17 series, the first after rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut at Rio, saw the total attendance increase by almost 10 percent, with sevens social media reaching 120 million across multiple languages as the series broadcast to a global TV audience in more than 100 countries.
They will leave Nairobi for Dubai on November 27.
Dubai 7s pooling
Pool ASouth Africa, Canada, Kenya, Uganda
pool B: England, Scotland, France, Spain
Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Wales, Russia
Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Argentina, Samoa
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