Kenya clinched the Las Vegas Challenge trophy after beating Samoa 21-14 in the final at the Sam Boyd Stadium. This was Kenya’ssecond diadem in this season’s World Rugby Series after they won the same title at the Wellington Sevens on January 29.
Skipper Andrew Amonde obeyed the call of duty with two tries while Collins Injera added capped the victory with one. Sammy Oliech had no problem with his clinical conversions from the spot on. On the way to the final and urged on by a thunderous Kenya crowd,Kenya had beaten France 14-7 while Samoa saw off Scotland 24-0 in the semis.
Despite the victory, Kenya remained in 11th place with 35 points, collecting eight points from their exploits in the USA. Shujaa cross over to Canada this weekend for the Vancouver Sevens, where they are in a tricky Pool A that has Vegas champions South Africa, Cape Town 7s champions England and a fourth team to be invited by World Rugby.
The best of the Las Vegas is complimented by the face and sight of Kenyans cheering the national team. African Warrior collected thousands of photos during the 3-day event and for now, and in future, only share photos that show the good side of the fans! Here is our pick.
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