Vincent Onyala lands A Hat trick As Shujaa Beats Ireland

Kenya Sevens landed five tries in their second Pool B match of the Los Angeles 7s on the early morning of Sunday 1st March beating Ireland 29-12.

Vincent Onyala landed the first, fourth and fifth tries as Shujaa habitually crossed their opponents whitewash. He landed a corner post try as he attacked an undefended wing giving Kenya the early 5-0. Oscar Dennis would moments later replicate Onyala’s performance as he landed Shujaa’s second try on the same wing. Injera’s conversion split the posts for a 12-00 half time score.

The third try was the perfect team try off a breakdown in Shujaa’s half, Injera clearing the ruck and playing in Daniel Sikuta who gained about twenty meters before offloading to Willy Ambaka who set up Injera to score a center post try. He added the conversion for a 19-00 lead. Ireland had a moment of glory as they punished Shujaa’s mistakes twice in quick succession reducing the gap to 19-12 but Shujaa bounced back to their try-scoring opportunities.

Captain Andrew Amonde fended off two defenders before offloading to Onyala who raced down the pitch landing Shujaa’s fourth try and his brace, the conversion drifted wide for a 24-12 Shujaa leading score.

Kenya’s Vincent Onyala races away from the defense for a try on day one of the HSBC Los Angeles Sevens 2020 at Dignity Health Sports Park on 29 February, 2020 in Los Angeles, United States. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

The hooter went, right after the restart and with the Irish player with the ball in hand, Shujaa pulled off their signature “chokesha” move before Sammy Oliech reaped the ball, played it to Jacob Ojee who finally offloaded to Onyala. Onyala landing his hat trick and with it confidently securing Shujaa’s first win of the weekend.

Earlier, Shujaa lost 5-31 to South Africa in their opening match. Their next match is at 5:35am EAT against Canada.

 

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