Shujaa in Pool B of Dubai 7s II

Shujaa

Shujaa players celebrate with the title after winning the 2021 Safari Sevens after beating Germany in the final on October 31, 2021 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Shujaa, who finished Dubai Sevens I in position eight with 10 points, will also face Australia and Canada in Pool “B”
  • Much was expected from Coach Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu’s men in Dubai Sevens I after completing the two-leg 2021 Series in third place behind champions South Africa and runners-up Great Britain
  • Pool “A” comprises Dubai I winners South Africa alongside Great Britain, Ireland and Japan, while Argentina, Fiji, France and Spain complete Pool “C”

Kenya Shujaa have been drawn with Coach Mike Friday’s USA again in the second event of the 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens Series (Dubai II) slated for December 3 to 4.

Shujaa, who finished Dubai Sevens I in position eight with 10 points, will also face Australia and Canada in Pool “B”.

Pool “A” comprises Dubai I winners South Africa alongside Great Britain, Ireland and Japan, while Argentina, Fiji, France and Spain complete Pool “C”.

Much was expected from Coach Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu’s men in Dubai Sevens I after completing the two-leg 2021 Series in third place behind champions South Africa and runners-up Great Britain.

However, Shujaa won just one match out of the six the team played. 

Shujaa began their campaign with losses against the USA 14-7 and Argentina 22-17 before winding the Pool “B” matches with an emphatic 26-12 win against Spain.

This victory along with France’s 24-14 win against Canada in Pool “A” matches saw Kenya sneak into the Cup quarter-finals as the second third best team behind Ireland.

Kenya was blown away by Fiji in the second half, losing 19-5 in the quarter-final to drop into the ranking matches for positions five to eight.

Here, Kenya again suffered 33-5 thrashing from Great Britain in the fifth place semi-final before being outwitted by Ireland 29-7 in the seventh place final.

“Not the best performance in Dubai Sevens I but we take the lessons and prepare for the next weekend (Dubai Sevens II),” Simiyu told Nation Sport on Saturday night after admitting his boys made a lot of unforced errors.

Standings after Dubai Sevens I

1. South Africa - 22 points

2. USA - 19

3. Argentina - 17

4. Fiji - 15

5. Australia - 13

6. Great Britain - 12

7. Ireland - 11

8. Kenya - 10

9. France - 8

10. Canada - 7

11. Spain - 6

12. Japan - 5     
 

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