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Shujaa finish 12th at Rugby World Cup

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 - 9 September 2022 Jeff Oluoch of Kenya and Alejo Lavayen of Argentina jumps for the ball during the match between Kenya and Argentina at the Rugby world Cup 7s | Mens, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.

Kenya Sevens finished a distant 12th at the Rugby World Cup Sevens that ended on Sunday in South Africa.

Shujaa lost 26-19 to familiar foes United States of America (USA) in a Challenge Trophy 11th place playoff encounter staged on Sunday evening.

The Damian McGrath charges won only two matches in Cape Town despite recalling experienced try scoring machine and World Rugby Sevens Series second all-time top try scorer Collins Injera.

Despite carrying a lot of optimism and expectations, their dreams, goals and push ended in tears once again after another poor show was added to the long list of Shujaa’s misses and anguish of their 2022 calendar.

Kenya gave their local fans hopes after kicking off their campaign with a dominant 19-0 win over Tonga last Friday.

Poor decision making and indiscipline cases would however hunt Shujaa in the round of 16 where they lost to Argentina 22-7.

Out of the Main Cup contention, Shujaa dropped to the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals where they outscored Scotland 24-5 to glide into the semis.

On Saturday, England would end Kenya Sevens hopes of winning the Challenge Trophy after beating them 36-0 in the semi-finals.

Shujaa, who reached the semi-finals of the 2009 and 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, had finished 16th in the previous 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, United States.

 

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