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Shujaa to renew rivalry with Fiji in Dubai 7s quarterfinals

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | November 26th 2021

Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenacagi attacks the Kenya defence on day three of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney on January 28, 2018. [IRB.com]

Kenya Sevens on Friday evening qualified for the Main Cup quarterfinals of the opening round of 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens Series, Dubai Sevens, despite registering mixed results.

Shujaa suffered two defeats and bagged only one win in the Group B matches played against Argentina, USA and Spain.

Innocent Simiyu’s charges only victory came during the final pool match after defeating Spain 26-12.

Shujaa headed into the match after suffering back-to-back defeats to USA and Argentina and needed a win to keep the quarter-finals hopes alive.

Billy Odhiambo scored a brace with Herman Humwa and Johnstone Olindi also crossing over for the win.

Shujaa remained third in the log with five points and were forced to wait for the completion of other matches to determine if they qualify for the quarterfinals today as one of the two best losers.

And after the completion of the group matches, Kenya qualified for the quarters after finishing as the second-best third-placed team in the pool stage.

Kenya will face Olympic champions Fiji in the fourth quarterfinal match set for 10:34am East African Time.

Fiji had a 100 per cent win record in the pool stage beating France, Canada, and Australia. 

Dubai Sevens defending champions South Africa, who are aiming for a fifth Series title this season, showed their class in wins over Ireland, Japan and Great Britain that set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against third seeds Australia. 

The first quarterfinal match has Argentina who topped Pool B facing off with Ireland.

In the third quarterfinal match, Pool B runners-up USA will face off with Pool C runners-up Great Britain.

Dubai 7s Quarters

Argentina V Ireland – 09:28 AM

South Africa V Australia- 09:50 AM

USA V Great Britain– 10:12 AM

Fiji V Kenya 7s – 10:34 AM

9th Place Semi-Final

 Spain V Canada– 11:01 AM

 France V Japan – 11:23 AM

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