Shujaa defy the currents to humble Fiji at Paris 7s


Andrew Amonde (R) of Kenya runs with the ball against Fiji during the Cup Final ...
FILE: Andrew Amonde (R) of Kenya runs with the ball against Fiji during the Cup Final on the third day at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong on April 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

In Summary

  • Kenya Sevens defied all odds to edge Sevens Series champions Fiji 22-19 in their second Pool ‘A’ fixture at the ongoing Paris 7s in France to remain in contention for a Cup quarterfinal qualification.
  • Shujaa had lost 24-5 to New Zealand in their opener fixture and a win against Fiji was a reprieve to the Innocent Simiyu coached side.
  • Their win was not only sweet-savoured but had huge ramifications too as it ended Fiji's 26 match unbeaten streak.

Kenya Sevens defied all odds to edge Sevens Series champions Fiji 22-19 on Saturday in their second Pool ‘A’ fixture at the ongoing Paris 7s in France to remain in contention for a Cup quarterfinal qualification.

Shujaa had lost 24-5 to New Zealand in their opener fixture early Saturday and a win against Fiji was a reprieve to the Innocent Simiyu coached side.

Their win was not only sweet-savoured but had huge ramifications too as it ended Fiji’s 26 match unbeaten streak.

The last time Fiji lost a World Rugby 7s match was on March 05, 2018 to USA7, some 96 days ago.

The tough encounter staged at the famous Stade Jean Bouin stadium saw Kenya take an early lead through the usual suspects Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka going over for a 10-0 lead after Kenya Harlequins fly half Eden Agero failed to slot in the extras.

With Kenya dominating the game, former skipper Andrew Amonde bagged himself a try which was unconverted, before Fiji cut the deficit to a five- pointer which was easily converted, making Shujaa lead 15-7 at the interval.

Menengai Oilers utility Erick Ombasa then showcased his mettle with a beauty of a try after Eroni Sau was sent to the sin bin for an infringement, Agero slotting in the extras for a 22-7 comfortable lead.

However Josua Tuisova went over for his side’s second try which was unconverted to cut the deficit and come within touching distance, the scoreboard reading 22-12 in favour of Shujaa.

The defending champions would get their third try through Semi Kunatani as the match entered the final stages of play which was converted by Kalione Nasoko.

A stubborn Fiji side huffed and puffed for a winning try but the Shujaa defence remained steadfast to claim the much needed win.

Shujaa will now face Samoa at 7:52pm in their last group game on Saturday, a must win tie if they are to book a Cup quarterfinal spot . Fiji, meanwhile, will face New Zealand in their final encounter at 8.14pm.

Summarized Paris Sevens Results

Kenya 5-24 New Zealand,

Kenya7 22-19 Fiji,

7:52pm – Kenya v Samoa

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