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No place to hide for Shujaa after Australia mauling at Seville 7s

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | January 29th 2022 | 3 min read
Shujaa's Herman Humwa (right) in action during Dubai Sevens.[Courtesy-World Rugby]

Kenya Sevens poor run in the 2021/2022 World Rugby Sevens Series season continued yesterday after suffering a humiliating 42-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in their opening Group D match of the Seville Sevens-the fourth leg of the series- at Estadio la Cartuja, Spain.

Shujaa failed to score any try in the match as the Aussies dominated the play scoring six tries, three in each half to go top of the group ahead of day two of the competition.

Other teams in the group include Canada and Scotland.

Kenya, who had a dismal performance at the Malaga Sevens last week where they won once in the five matches played, were hoping to redeem themselves at the Seville leg but were given a reality check. They collected one point in Malaga after losing to Japan 26-17 in the semi-final for 13th place.

Innocent Simiyu's boys will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways against Canada  today (10.45am) before taking on Scotland at 4.30pm. Kenya must win the two encounters if they are to qualify for the Main Cup quarterfinals.

Locally, leaders Menengai Oilers will host Kabras Sugar in a top of the table clash at ASK Showground in Nakuru as Kenya Cup enters match day eight today.

Oilers' 100 percent record face a critical examination against the sugar millers with both sides still unbeaten.

While terming the match as tricky, Kabras Sugar head coach Jerome Muller said he expects to be boosted by a return of some of his key players from injuries.

“Playing against Oilers is going to be tough considering the form they are in this season. We need to work everything to be perfect against them in lineouts and scrums because they have a very strong and heavy defensive pack,” Muller said.

Kabras have so far picked maximum points in all of their six games this season and they sit second on the log, three points behind Oilers, but with a game in hand.

A win for the sugar men will see them leapfrog Oilers at the top of the table; with a game in hand heading into playoffs.

Furthermore, Kabras head into the match with an advantage having thrashed the side 38-9 the last time they met in July last year in Nandi.

Record Kenya Cup champions, Nondescripts, with 17 titles to their name, are up against Top Fry Nakuru in a relegation zone battle.

Nondescripts come into the match placed bottom, having won just one of their six outings. They have five points, just two behind tenth placed Nakuru who registered their first win of the season last weekend when they edged Impala 29-27 in Nakuru.

Ten-time Kenya Cup champions Resolution Impala Saracens, who are eleventh and still in the relegation zone have all the work to do when they host in-form Mwamba at the Impala Club.

It is a make or break fixture for the Ngong Road side who have to win in the quest to ensure they avoid relegation.

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