Defending champions South Africa win twice at USA Sevens

Simon Moss
March 7, 2018

Thrust between a rock and a hard place after beating Russian Federation but falling to France in its other group "A" matches, the Innocent Simiyu coached side turned on the style, taking the Fijians, champions of the New Zealand Sevens head-on, and it paid off handsomely at the end.

Playing in the fifth place semifinal against Australia, Shujaa gave as good as they got, finally exiting the tournament following a 26-21 sudden death defeat after the two sides had been tied 21-21 at the close of regulation time.

A topless, long haired, bearded rugby fan stole the show at the Las Vegas sevens today with an eccentric dancing display in the stands.

Kenya finished seventh overall at the USA Sevens after series of battling performances throughout the three days of competition at a tournament that served as the fifth round of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Shujaa failed to make it off the groups during last year's Canada Sevens, finishing third behind South Africa and England.

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The tournament saw many interesting results, with the U.S. becoming the fifth team to win a tournament in the 2017/18 World Series.

A move which started with some routine recycling of the ball, resulted in Baker running the length of the pitch to score a try as part of a 19-7 victory. They then beat Russian Federation by a core of 19-12.

Mudu was cited after a tackle he made against United States of America in the semi-final.

While Powell, the only person to have won the world series as a player and coach, is desperate to see his side open up daylight between themselves and other teams on the circuit, there is also the appreciation of how competitive this season's series has become with five different teams being crowned tournament champions. "I think a fine balance in making sure that the guys are ready and re-energized for the tournament and also still do the work and be happy with our training sessions leading up to the tournament", Powell added.

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