Underperforming Shujaa drop to 11th
By Zachary Bori Gisiri | Mon 11 Dec, 2017 11:33
Kenya 7s national team Shujaa will close the year in unfamiliar position, as they lie disappointingly 11th on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series table standings after a dismal performance in Cape Town South Africa over the weekend.

Shujaa who collected 10 points in the first leg in Dubai 7s to start the 2017-18 season at position seven (7) dropped further in Cape Town after failing to make it to the main cup quarterfinals on Saturday December 9, 2017.

Shujaa lost two matches; 14-21 to France and 26-7 against South Africa and win one match against Russia 34-0 in the pool stages to drop to the Challenge trophy quarters where they played Samoa in the first match of day two on Sunday.

Samoa fought gallantly hard to edge out Shujaa 19-17 which saw them drop further to the 13th place semi final they picked up their second win in the tournament as they beat Scotland 33-12. Brian Tanga landed a brace as Jeffrey Oluoch, speedster Nelson Oyoo and Ngethe dotted down a try each, with four of the five tries being converted successfully.

Shujaa booked their 13th place final slot where they met neighbours Uganda and outgunned Uganda to finish 13th and collect paltry three points. Daniel Sikuta was first on the scorecard as he landed the first try with Tanga adding the extras. An infringement by Oluoch saw him visit the sin bin but once he got back into the action, his presence was felt as he ran past the Ugandan defense to land Kenya’s second try, to see Shujaa lead 14-0 at half time.

After the break, Uganda scored two tries in quick succession levelling the scores to 14 all but their attempt to win the match was cut short as Ngethe and Oscar Ouma both scored tries extending their lead to 24-14 as the conversions were wide at the final whistle.

Next assignment for Shujaa is Sydney 7s in Australia on the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.

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Zachary Bori Gisiri
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