USA edge Shujaa in Dubai 7s opener

Robin Pluempe

Shujaa's Alvin Otieno (centre) beats Germany's Robin Pluempe (left) during their Safari Sevens final match at Nyayo National Stadium on October 31, 2021.

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Coach Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu’s men went into this Pool “B” fixture having lost to the Americans 26-17 in December 2014 and 21-19 in December 2016 at the same venue
  • Shujaa, who had not won a group stage match in Dubai in the last two editions of the Series, soaked in pressure in the first five minutes before Stephen Tomasin scored and converted his own try for a 7-0 lead
  • Mike Friday’s men responded almost immediately after Logan Tago fended off a tackle from Levy Amunga, running straight down the right flank to score with Tomasin converting to see the USA retake the lead

Kenya Shujaa Friday started their 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens Series campaign with a 14-7 loss to USA at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

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