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Shujaa 7s Qualify For Hamilton Series Cup Quarter-Final

Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenacagi attacks the Kenya defense on day three of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney on January 28, 2018. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC Fotos/World Rugby
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HAMILTON, New Zealand- Kenya will play Sydney Sevens champions Australia at 3.20 A.M in cup quarterfinal action at the Hamilton Sevens on Sunday morning.

Shujaa finished top of Pool D, registering identical 19-14 wins over Samoa and Canada before tying 19-19 with the USA.

Australia on the other hand were runners up in Pool A after posting two wins and a loss to Pool winners Fiji.

Shujaa raced to a winning start at the Hamilton 7s grounding victories over Samoa and Canada to punch their ticket to the Main Cup quarters in New Zealand on Saturday morning.

Kenya got off to a winning start in Pool D of the fourth leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series with a close 19-14 victory over Canada.

Samoa were next and dogged Shujaa eked another 19-14 win to seal passage to the last eight at a country they have found much joy over the years.

Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu and his men will battle to top the group when they face USA, under the tutelage of former Shujaa boss, Mike Friday.

After the opening two poll fixtures, Kenya topped with maximum six points, USA second on four with Samoa level with the same tally with Canada propping the group with two.

The Shujaa’s broke Samoa’s defense with Oscar Ouma, Sammy Oliech and Nelson Oyoo gifting Kenya valuable try points to beat the Islandic powerhouse 19-14.

Sammy Oliech displayed tactical precision between the sticks by taking the match away from Samoa with the dependable fly-half converting two efforts for maximum points.

Oscar Ouma continued his stellar performance for the Shujaas with the Kenyan skipper landing his second try of the tournament in the win over Canada.

William Ambaka and Jeff Oluoch were the other try scores for the Shujaa 7s in the Canadian tie with Sammy Oliech drilling home two conversions.

Isaac Kaay spared the blushes for Canada by landing two converted tries.

Quarter-Final

The Shujaa finished top of Pool D after a gritty 19-19 draw against the USA at the Hamilton Sevens qualifying for the cup quarterfinal alongside second placed Samoa who held out for a 22-14 win over Canada.

Shujaa raced into a 19-0 lead through long range tries from Nelson Oyoo, Willy Ambaka and Jeff Oluoch with Sammy Oliech adding two conversions before Perry Baker’s converted effort gave USA a lifeline heading into the break,the scores 19-7.

Two second half tries from Carlin Isles, one of which was converted, drew the USA level but Innocent Simiyu’s charges doggedly held out for the result.

-Additional material sourced from Kenya Rugby Union- for more on KRU click here


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