Poor Shujaa fall to Fiji and South Africa


Eden Agero (R) of Kenya fights for the ball with Filipe del Mestre of Argentina ...
(FILE)Eden Agero (R) of Kenya fights for the ball with Filipe del Mestre of Argentina during day one of Singapore Rugby Sevens tournament on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

In Summary

  • Shujaa loses to Fiji and South Africa.
  • Seablo Senatla scored two quick tries to knock out Kenya Sevens from the Sydney Sevens tournament
  • Going to the break, Kenya were trailing 10-0 courtesy of Senatla tries.

Seablo Senatla scored two quick tries to knockout  Kenya Sevens from the Sydney Sevens tournament, as the Innocent Simiyu coached side fell 17-0 to South Africa on Sunday.

The early morning defeat was followed by another capitulation after Kenya fell 27-5 to Fiji in what has turned out to be a catastrophic outing.

Dan Sikuta and Oscar Ouma were the nuisances to the South Africa defence but their efforts came to naught.

Going to the break, Kenya were trailing 10-0 courtesy of Senatla tries.

After the break, Kenya failed to improve on with their defensive blunders allowing South Africa to intercept a pass from Sammy Oliech to score an easy try under the posts.

The Blitzboks were penalised for an infringement but Shujaa were unable to capitalize on the advantage despite the numbers.

In a tactical move, Innocent Simiyu brought in KCB’s Arthur Owira and Eric Ombassa in the dying minutes of the game but to no avail.

From their performance in Sydney, the Kenya Sevens amassed 10 points after going down 5-27 to Fiji in the 5 and 6 playoffs.

The Innocent Simiyu charges will now shift their focus to New Zealand for the Hamilton Sevens this weekend.

Shujaa had shown some improvement in the breakdowns and set pieces, however, support play and kicking duties remain the greatest undoing.

Besides, it seems, the different player combinations is yet to get the desired results. However, former Shujaa tactician Benjamin Ayimba is optimistic the team can get better with time.

“With time, they are capable of scaling the heights but they must be clinical.Making decisions was a bit tough because clearly there was no bench power to finish off the game and missing easy kicks; those are things that can be worked on and heading to Hamilton,” the composed Ayimba said.

Willy Ambaka chats with Seablo Senatia of South Africa after the Shujaa's secon match in Dubai. (PHOTO/HSBC/Courtesy)

Shujaa will have to wait until tomorrow to know their Hamilton Sevens opponents.

With 10 points already in the bag, Kenya is placed 12 with 23 points after three rounds of the 10 HSBC Sevens.

Meanwhile, Eden Agero of Kenya Harlequins, Menengai Cream Homeboyz Jeff Oluoch, and skipper Oscar Ouma – have been the success stories at this weekend’s outings, scoring crucial tries for Kenya.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz head coach Paul Murunga shared Ayimbas sentiments. He said: “They are playing better compared to the first two legs and I’m confident they can push and make sure we are able to get to the next level.”

 

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