Shujaa bow to USA, exit Sydney main Cup


Shujaa bow to USA, exit Sydney main Cup
(FILE)Samoa's Tila Mealoi (C) makes a break during the World Rugby Sevens Series match between Samoa and Kenya at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BRADLEY

In Summary

  1. Kenya rugby sevens missed a chance to qualify for the main cup quarter finals of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series once again after losing their second Pool B match 41-0 to USA in a match played at Spotless stadium, Sydney. Rugby Sevens Series once again after losing their second Pool B match 41-0 to USA in a match played at Spotless stadium, Sydney.
  2. USA coached by former Shujaa's head coach Mike Friday scored seven tries converting three with Paul 'Pau' Murunga's charges unable to score a try.

Kenya rugby sevens team Shujaa missed a chance to qualify for the main cup quarter finals of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series once again after losing their second Pool B match 41-0 to USA in a match played at Spotless stadium, Sydney on Saturday, after losing their second Pool B match 41-0 to USA in a match played at Spotless stadium, Sydney.

USA coached by former Shujaa’s head coach Mike Friday scored seven tries converting three with Paul ‘Pau’ Murunga’s charges unable to score a try.

USA scored three early tries through Danny Barrett making his mark early against Kenya.

He was tackled as he was diving across the whitewash but that didn’t stop him from scoring.

Barrett got hold of the restart, finding Pinkleman on his outside, who produced a strong run to the line to make it 10-0.

Once again Barrett won the restart, USA recycled back to the centre of the field.

Folau Niua played a perfectly weighted kick forward with Martin Losefo winning the race to make it 15-0 at half time.

Madison Hughes got involved in the run, coming around from the face of the scrum and the Kenyan defenders forgot that he posed a threat as well as Carlin Isles getting a brilliant first half for USA.

Ben Pinkleman took some heavy contact after taking down the restart and was being checked over. And then Isles raced down the left wing to score try number five in the game converting it to make it 27-0.

Maceo Brown produced a nice step inside to help USA add their sixth, and then Kevon Williams used his pace to get his side’s seventh converting both tries.

Kenya went down and they went down without scoring a try as Daniel Taabu, on the teferees review, was adjudged to have not released the ball to make it 41-0 for USA.

Earlier Kenya lost their opener match 24-14 to Canada.

They play France in their last pool match at 11:17 am (eat) going down to the challenge trophy level.

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