Australia Defeat Leaves Shujaa To Feed On Hong Kong 7s Scraps

Apr 06 - by SPN Correspondent for SportPesa News

Kenya lose their final Pool C clash 12-28 to finish bottom of the group to drop to the Challenge Trophy

Kenya's Jeff Otieno races away from the New Zealand defense on day two of the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in Hong Kong on 6 April 2019. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC fotos for World Rugby

  • Earlier, Kenya crashed out of the Main Cup quarters for the seventh series leg in a row after losing their opening two Group C fixtures to giants Fiji and New Zealand
  • A brace from Henry Hutchison and a try each from Maurice Longbottom and Lachie Miller condemned Shujaa to defeat with Lewis Holland adding to the tally by converting three of Australia’s four five-pointers. The boot of Liam McNamara also added to the extras
  • Shujaa dropped to the Challenge Trophy yet again where they will play the third finisher from Pool B

HONG KONG, China- A unfolding nightmare that is the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series for Kenya continued on Saturday morning when Shujaa fell 12-28 to Australia to finish bottom of Pool C of the Hong Kong 7s.

Earlier, Kenya crashed out of the Main Cup quarters for the seventh series leg in a row after losing their opening two Group C fixtures to giants Fiji and New Zealand.

Trailing 0-21 after another first half collapse, Bush Mwale and captain Jeffrey Oluoch went over with a Johnstone Olindi converting the first try to crawl the deficit to 12-28 as Shujaa threatened a remarkable comeback.

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A brace from Henry Hutchison and a try each from Maurice Longbottom and Lachie Miller condemned Shujaa to defeat with Lewis Holland adding to the tally by converting three of Australia’s four five-pointers. The boot of Liam McNamara also added to the extras

In their opener, head coach Paul Murunga’s side surrendered to a 5-22 reverse in a contest where Fiji landed three quick tries to knock the wind off the Kenya’s sails.

Aminiasi Tuimaba, Vilimoni Botitu and Jerry Tuwai crossed the whitewash with Livai K. converting the second five-pointer for a 17-0 advantage to the pacific islanders at half time.

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Shujaa captain, Jeffrey Oluoch dotted down for an unconverted try to raise brief hopes of a comeback but Fiji responded with their fourth when Alasio Naduva crossed the whitewash for the final score.

Joseva Ravouvou and Regan Ware notched a brace of tries apiece to lead New Zealand to a 36-0 humbling of Shujaa in the second fixture.

Daniel Taabu threatened to hand Kenya a five-pointer but was tackled to touch in the second half.

The missed opportunity resulted with a fifth try for the All Blacks 7s when a 30m pass sprang New Zealand captain, Joe Webber, who sliced through two half-hearted Shujaa defenders to ground the ball.

Shujaa dropped to the Challenge Trophy yet again where they will play the third finisher from Pool B.

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New Zealand's Andrew Knewstubb drives through the Kenya defense on day two of the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in Hong Kong on 6 April 2019. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC fotos for World Rugby