Debutants Welsh Warriors lifted a maiden Safaricom Sevens with a hard fought 24-17 win over Argentina in the final at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on Sunday. The Warriors were caught cold by Argentina, going 7-0 down courtesy of Segundo Tuculet’s converted try before Sam Isaacs unconverted effort cut the deficit to 7-5. A Ramiro Finco effort saw the Argentines take a 12-5 lead into the breather.
When Alex Muller (later declared the tournament’s Most Valuable Player) touched down, Argentina seemed to be coasting as they lead 17-5 but this instead set the stage for a remarkable Welsh Warriors turnaround, Rob Coote grounding to bring the scores to 17-10 and when England Sevens star Matt Turner scored and converted his own try, the sides were all square at 17-17. Mike Muller scored the decisive try, Turner converting to ensure the 24-17 result for the Warriors.
Top Fry Samurai claimed third place with a 31-26 extra time result over Western Province. Outgoing champions Shujaa put a smile on the faces of their fans, edging out Auckland Metro 17-14 to claim the plate title. Fabian Olando opened the scoring for the Kenyans, his try converted by Augustine Lugonzo with Michael Wanjala making it 12-0 courtesy of a visionary try that saw him attack the short side from the base and ground the ball at the corner. They found themselves trailing at the breather courtesy of two converted tries from Phoenix Hunapo and Tain Lam but Bush Mwale rose to the occasion, his try handing Shujaa the 17-14 result.
Germany, who impressed with their displays throughout the tournament, won the bowl title with a 26-21 extra time result over the Sharks while the Golden Lions overcame a 0-14 deficit to beat Uganda 26-14 en route to the shield title.
Collated Final Results
Golden Lions 26 Uganda 14
Germany 26 Sharks 21
Shujaa 17 Auckland Metro 14
Top Fry Samurai 31 Western Province 26
Argentina 17 Welsh Warriors 24
Top Try Scorer – Matt Turner (Welsh Warriors)
Top Points Scorer – Matt Turner (Welsh Warriors)
Most Valuable Player – Alex Muller (Argentina)