NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Shujaa inched up a place to eighth on the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series standings following a sixth finish at the Hamilton 7s on Sunday.
Following the conclusion of the New Zealand leg, Shujaa were drawn alongside Hamilton 7s champions; Fiji, France and Russia in Pool A of the fifth round of the series, the USA 7s in Las Vegas that will be played from March 2 to 4.
Shujaa, who return to the country on Tuesday, scooped 12 points to add to the 10 they picked at the third leg- Sydney 7s- in Australia to complete what has been a successful tour of the Tasmania having improved their tally to 35 after four rounds.
Kenya started the day by bowing out of the Main Cup quarters with a 12-33 reverse to Sydney 7s champions, Australia before beating Scotland 33-19 in the fifth-place semi.
Shujaa fell to a narrow 15-19 loss to improving Samoa in the subsequent decider with the latter turning the tables on Kenya who defeated them in the group phase.
Shujaa did all they could, but Samoa’s brilliant start was the imperative factor in seeing them earn fifth place.
Kenya topped Pool D after the first two rounds of matches courtesy of their 19-14 victories over Samoa and Canada.
Samoa’s loss to Kenya, but late 14-10 victory over the USA, meant that they had to win their final encounter against Canada by more than 10 points to progress into the Cup quarter-finals.
Sir Gordon Tietjens’ side surged into a 17-0 lead before Canada responded and Luke Bradley’s 13th-minute converted try meant that the encounter finished 22-14.
That result opened the door for the USA and their final meeting with Kenya was a thriller.
The Kenyans started the faster of the two before Perry Baker, who had become the USA’s all-time leading try scorer earlier in the day, made it 19-7 after seven minutes.
After the break Carlin Isles struck with a double and that levelled proceedings at 19-19.
However, Innocent Simiyu’s team held strong because they knew that a draw was enough to ensure that they progressed into the Cup quarter-finals and as a result they took Samoa along with them.