Kenya lose to Ireland to finish 8th in Dubai 7s


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 27 – The national rugby sevens team posted a dismal performance in the opening of the 2021/22 HSBC World Rugby Series season after finishing 8th.

Shujaa, who has only won one of the six games they’ve played, has collected 10 points and will be looking to bounce back in the upcoming tournament in Dubai.

Earlier, Innocent Simiyu’s charges dropped to 7th place overall after being knocked out by Great Britain 33-7.

Australia won 35-21 for 5th place.

Against Great Britain it was not a good performance for the Kenyan side who were dominated despite the Brits getting their money’s worth in the hotly contested first half which ended 7-5 in favor of Great Britain.

The second half belonged to Great Britain who scored three quick tries to seal the game.

Kenya were relegated to 5th place in the semi-finals after losing 19-5 to two-time Olympic champions Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals.

Kenya got off to a good start in the first half, dominating the first four minutes, with their physique to surround a relatively new Fijian side in their zone.

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This forced the Fijians who had 11 rookies to make schoolboy mistakes which Shujaa maximized to shoot first blood thanks to Herman Humwa who passed after receiving a penalty at close range, but the conversion was missed to take a lead 5-0.

However, a minute later, Fiji hit back after Kenya was penalized, seeing the Fijians take a quick line-up and head to the try line with a converted try and take a two-point lead.

They extend their lead after taking advantage of Kenya’s mistakes when Jeff Oluoch, who had the opportunity to score from close range, missed the opportunity when he missed his kick to see Fiji break through the open field, dismissing Kenyan defenders to point to the convert try, taking a 14-5 lead at halftime.

Returning for the final half, Innocent Simiyu’s charges failed to match the Fijians who regained their pace and they scored the only try in the second stanza of a lineout after a penalty kick was taken. granted to the blackout to take a 14-point lead and hang in there to win the game and advance to the semi-finals for the first time since 2018 and he will face Mike Friday’s USA.

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