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Rugby: Shujaa to play USA in Vancouver 7s Quarterfinals

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | September 19th 2021
Rugby Sevens team in Kurumu City, Japan, on July 13, 2021. [Edward Alusa/Team Kenya]

The national men's rugby sevens team Shujaa stormed to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver 7s after finishing second in Pool A.

Kenya thrashed Spain and Mexico to reach the Cup quarterfinals at the Vancouver Sevens on Saturday night.

Shujaa defeated a tricky Spain 17-5 in thwir opening match before thrashing an unfamiliar Mexico side 45-7 to sail through to the knock out stages.

This is despite losing to familiar foes South Africa 33-14 in their last Pool "A" match on Sunday morning.

Kenya Sevens finished second in the Pool A with seven points, tow behind leaders South Africa who won all their three pool matches.

The Innocent Simiyu led team will now play United States in the quarterfinal at 7.42pm on Sunday.

This will be a repeat of the Tokyo Olympics match which Kenya lost at the death 19-14.

The winner of the quarterfinals will face off with either Ireland or Hong Kong in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, MMUST's Timothy Mmasi scored his first try for the national sevens team after scoring between the posts for Kenya in their 45-7 win over Mexico.

Mmasi is among the five young players selected by Simiyu for the World Sevens Series.

Alvin 'Buffa' Otieno has been the star of Kenya so far scoring three tries followed by Alvin Marube with two same as Willy Ambaka.

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