Kenya vs Samoa – USA Sevens Rugby
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Challenge Final Sam Boyd Stadium03/05/201703:40 PMUSA Sevens

In what is likely the most heavily anticipated consolation bracket final in the history of the USA Sevens that did not feature either the United States or Canada, Samoa met Kenya. Each team a tournament cup winner last season, this year has seen top level hardware prove elusive. Kenya won the challenge trophy in Wellington and Samoa fell to the United States in the first ever challenge trophy final.

Kenya struck first through career-try record holder, Collins Injera. Samuel Oliech added the conversion. A second converted first-half try put Kenya in front 14–0. At the close of the ninth minute, Tila Mealoi’s score opened the door for a Samoan come back. His second try moments later after Samoa stole the restart then Mealoi chipped over the defense and chased for the score. Yet again converting his own try, Mealoi’s fourteen point blitz reset the match with a restart to come at 3:12. A great effort from Leonard Mugaisi to move Kenya deep into Samoan territory, aided by Willy Ambaka failed to produce points when a penalty gave the ball back to Samoa. Samoa kicked for a lineout with a minute and a half remaining. Twenty-seconds later, a penalty against Samoa gave the ball back to Kenya and captain Andrew Amonde broke three arm-tackles to score under the post. Oliech’s conversion gave Kenya a buffer that could not be overcome in regulation. Kenya stole the restart, kicked to touch, and claimed the challenge trophy for the second time this year.