Kenya edge Zimbabwe to Africa Sevens crown

(IRB.COM) Monday 29 April 2013  
 Kenya edge Zimbabwe to Africa Sevens crown
Kenya added to a fine season on the HSBC Sevens World Series by winning the CAR Africa Sevens in Mombasa

Kenya 'B' fed off the support and energy of a generous Mombasa crowd to overcome the defending champions Zimbabwe in the final and be crowned Africa's CAR Sevens champions for 2013.

The Kenyans edged the Cheetahs 24-17 in a fine final after Tunisia had defeated Madagascar 26-10 to finish in third place. Morocco beat Kenya's third string to the Plate and Zambia took the Bowl, beating Senegal 24-5.

The top three nations in Mombasa - Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tunisia - are all bound for Moscow at the end of June for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, but before that Kenya and Zimbabwe face key battles in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kenya's national side currently lies fifth-equal with France in the World Series standings and coach Mike Friday will have been pleased by the depth of talent on display with his 'B' team triumphing and a 'C' team finishing in sixth place.

Five of Kenya's victorious team in Mombasa - Billy Odhiambo, Davis Chenge, Felix Ayange, Philip Wamae and Eden Agero - will now travel to Scotland for the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens this weekend as they bid to finish a strong season on a high.

The Cheetahs of Zimbabwe do not compete in Glasgow, but have already booked their place at the core team play-off finale at Twickenham a week later, part of the Marriott London Sevens on 11-12 May.

At Twickenham, Zimbabwe will compete against Asian champions Hong Kong, Russia, Tonga and Georgia as well as the core teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th after Glasgow, for three available core team places next season.

CAR Africa Sevens, Mombasa, Kenya - 27-28 April

Final standings
1 Kenya
2 Zimbabwe
3 Tunisia
4 Madagascar
5 Morocco
6 Kenya C
7 Uganda
8 Nigeria
9 Zambia
10 Senegal
11 Namibia
12 Ivory Coast