Shujaa beat Wales to earn one point at World Sevens

Monday, May 23rd, 2022 09:26 | By
Shujaa’s Edmund Anya (left) hands off Uganda’s Aaron Ofoywroth to score a try in a past Safari 7s match. PHOTO/Alex Njue

Kenya Sevens rugby team, Shujaa lost 28-12 to Japan to collect just a point during the seventh leg of the World Sevens series played in Toulouse. 

Shujaa won one match at the pool stages on Saturday to miss the main cup quarterfinals yet again leaving coach Damian McGrath’s side to contest for the 13th place semifinals where Japan was quick off the blocks to grab the lead and eventually won. 

Kenya’s drop to the 13th place semis was castigated by yesterday’s ninth place quarterfinal loss to Scotland which is currently placed 10th globally. The loss makes Shujaa now shift focus to the upcoming London Sevens leg at the Twickenham Stadium this weekend. 

 Kenya’s main goal remains to improve on the performance that has taken a dip this year and the side must improve on the performance or risk returning home with a drop in the world standings. 

With two legs left, everyone wants to see how the side that finished last season perched third will wrap up the season of highs and lows, which prompted Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) to appoint a new head coach and technical bench. 

Shujaa had kicked off the tournament with two straight losses to Fiji (29-5) and France (31-14) on Friday before completing the pools with a 19-14 win over Wales on Saturday. The crucial win over Wales gave Shujaa hopes of contesting for a better finish despite a bad start but the side lost two more matches afterwards. 

 Kenya which was paired with Scotland in the ninth-place quarterfinals conceded the first points to trail 7-0 for a short-lived period.

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