Kenya 7s bag five points in Hong Kong Sevens

By Clement Wekulo: Monday, April 8th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Rugby
Fiji celebrate after winning the Cup final against France on the Third day at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament on April 7, 2019. [AFP]

Kenya’s campaign in the Hong Kong Sevens was brought to an end by Japan at the Challenge Trophy semi-finals as the Asians handed Shujaa a 21-12 beating yesterday.

As a result, the Paul Murunga-coached side collected five points at the tournament, the below-par performance further deepening their relegation worries.

Over the three days, Kenya, who had bolstered their squad with a host of experienced faces, struggled in finding their footing with their inability to retain possession from kick-offs as well as poor tackling being evident as has been the case all through the campaign.

Shujaa’s only win in Hong Kong came in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals when they scored three unanswered tries and two conversions to brush aside Canada 19-0.

This would see the side set up the meeting with Japan in the Challenge Trophy semi-finals. 

It was the Japanese who drew first blood with Kazushi Hano being fed with a superb offload to cross the whitewash for a try which was converted by Katsuyuki Sakai. 

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Augustine Lugonzo reduced the deficit for Kenya on the stroke of halftime. 

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