zim sevens rugby.jpgThe Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team gained a consolation victory at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Tournament after they beat Kenya 19-12 to win a shield on Saturday.

The Sevens team put up a spirited performance to triumph 19-12 over fellow Africans, Kenya in Port Elizabeth.

Two tries from Wesley Mbanje helped steer Zimbabwe to victory and make the Cheetahs claim three series points.

Tries by Manasah Seta, Tangai Nemadire and Wesley Mbanje saw Zimbabwe beat Morrocco 21-14 in a shield semi-final that set up a match up with Kenya in the shield final.

Zimbabwe initially found the going tough on the opening day of the tourney after losing all of their pool encounters against Fiji, Wales and Portugal.

The Cheetahs had gone onto lose their quarterfinal bowl encounter to the United States of America but victories over African counterparts, Morocco and Kenya ensured Zimbabwe a shield. 

Meanwhile New Zealand retained the Nelson Mandela Bay crown after beating South Africa 31-26 in a thrilling final held on Saturday.

Wales beat Fiji 48-nil to win plate while Scotland romped to their second consecutive bowl final victory after upstaging Canada 22-19 in a closely contested bowl final.