Shujaa wrap up Canada7s performance with a 14-22 loss to Japan

Written By: KRU

Kenya's Charles Omondi charges through the Australia defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver on 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Shujaa wrapped up their Canada7s performance with a 14-22 loss to Japan in the 13th place Semifinal picking up one point from the tournament.

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Bush Mwale landed the first try giving Shujaa an early 7-0 lead that was short lived as Japan responded with two tries in quick succession in the first half through Naoki Motomura’s brace, Japan leading 12-7 at the breather.

In the second half, Kameli Raravou  and Dai Ozawa scored a try each extending Japan’s lead to 22-7 with two minutes left on the clock. Shujaa got their consolation try in the last play as Shaddon Munoko sped through the Japan defense scoring his first center post try at the HSBC World Sevens Series and on his debut.

In the challenge Trophy Quarterfinal, Shujaa had a very dismal performance against Australia going down 47-7, with the solitary try coming from Daniel Taabu.

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Day one performance 

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Daniel Taabu went all out for Shujaa in their second Vancouver7s Pool Match against Samoa scoring Kenya’s only two tries in the second half. Samoa scored four tries in the first half as Joe Perez landed a Brace with the other two tries coming from Alamanda Motuga and John Vaili. Tia Melaoi added all four conversions successfully for Samoa to lead 28-0 at half time.

Second half Shujaa scored a try through Taabu who swung past his defenders to score a try next to the posts, he quickly added the conversion and raced back to the center of the pitch for the restart.

Shujaa now on attack sent the ball wide to find Taabu who was now on the wing and he raced down to score a corner post try  barely two minutes after his first try. He however missed the conversion and the scores now read 28-12 with two minutes left on the clock.

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Cyprian Kuto’s try attempt was unsuccessful as his foot was on the touch line just before he grounded the ball. Samoa got the laugh in the match as Motuga went over for his brace and Samoa’s fifth try and the conversion kick successfully splitting the posts. Samoa securing their second win in Pool B beating Shujaa 35-12.

Earlier, Shujaa lost 36-12 to Fiji. Johnstone Olindi broke through a Fijian tackle and grounded the ball to give Shujaa their first five points of the tournament.

Shujaa’s second try came from Vincent Onyala, who in Onyala fashion, pounced on loose ball and sprinted for the in goal area scoring under the posts. Fiji’s tries were scored by Mocenacagi(2), Naduva(2) while Tuwai and Veilawa scored a try each.

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Shujaa finished fourth in the Pool B of the Vancouver7s after losing all their day one matches. They lost 21-36 to the hosts, Canada in the last Pool match, tries coming from Cyprian Kuto who dotted down twice and Daniel Taabu who added the third try. Taabu converting twice and Johnstone Olindi adding the third conversion.

Shujaa picks up a total of six points from the two tournaments; five from Las Vegas and one point from Canada bringing their total tally to 18 points in the series with four legs left.

Vancouver7s Scorecard
Fiji 36 – 12 Shujaa (L)
Samoa 35 – 12 Shujaa (L)
Canada 36 – 21 Shujaa(L)
Australia 47 – 7 Shujaa(L)
Japan 22 – 14 Shujaa (L)


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