NAIROBI, Kenya- Shujaa will take on Pool B winners, England in the last Main Cup quarter final showdown of the Canada 7s in Vancouver later Saturday in another bid to make the semis for the first time this season.
Shujaa joined HSBC World Sevens Series champions and leaders, South Africa, Argentina and USA in the last eight by finish second in their groups following day one of gripping sevens action that ended in the early hours of Saturday.
Austria will battle the Blitzboks, Fiji takes on Argentina and New Zealand entertains USA in other Cup quarter match-ups at the six leg of the 2017/2018 series.
Shujaa opened their Pool C charge with a gritty 14-7 victory over France before barracking Spain 43-0 in their second encounter before their fight back fell short in a 21-24 loss to Fiji in their last game in what was a shootout to establish the group winner.
Collins Injera hit his landmark 250th try of the series when he opened the scoring against Fiji but the celebrations did not last long as their opponents hit back instantly through Kalione Nasoko for 7-7.
Shujaa went 7-12 down when Eroni Sau grounded his third try of the weekend by using his physicality to full effect as Fiji sought to revenge their stunning loss to Kenya in Las Vegas a week earlier.
Sau dislodged the ball in contact and then picks it back up off the shoulder to fly over for a try.
Just before the break, Waisea Nacuqu received a yellow card handing Shujaa the man advantage and only 17 seconds after the restart, Kenya were ahead through Eden Agero but in a flash, Fiji retook a 14-19 lead.
Mesulame Kunavula the went over for make the game sure for Fiji, with the 10-point lead eventually proving too much for Shujaa to claw back despite Jeffery Oluoch crossing over the final play for the final score of 21-24.
Earlier, Shujaa punched their ticket in the quarters for a fifth time this season when they whitewashed hapless Spain, taking a 22-0 half time lead before adding 21 unanswered points in the second to round off their biggest victory this term.
William Ambaka notched a brace of tries with Billy Odhiambo, Oscar Ouma, Jeff Oluoch, Arthur Ochieng and Nelson Oyoo also crossing the whitewash. Agero converted three of the tries with Sammy Oliech kicking-over two for the extras.
France went ahead in the opening Pool C encounter with a converted try from J.P Barraque but converted efforts from Oliech and Ouma secured the result for Innocent Simiyu’s charges.