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A poor Start for Shujaa in Las Vegas 7s

Kenya Rugby 7s team.photo/file
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Kenya Rugby 7s team.photo/file

Kenya Sevens team registered a poor start in the ongoing Las Vegas sevens in the United States of America. Shujaa failed to pick victory in their two opening matches on Saturday morning at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

The side trailed 24-7 to New Zealand in their Pool C opener before registering a 14-14 draw against   Argentina in a tough second match. The outcome means that Shujaa will have to face an uphill task to qualify for the quarter finals. Meanwhile, Kenya will have to wait until Sunday 5th March to play Russia in their final pool fixture at 1 am.

Shujaa looked impressive as they led the All Blacks by 7-5 in the first half .However, that could not last long as New Zealand came out in the second half gun blazing as they improved drastically  to bag maximum points.

In their second match against Argentina, Kenya started fairly as they rose to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes courtesy of a try from Nelson Oyoo with Agero again on spot for his conversion.

However, Shujaa did not hold on to its lead for long as the South Americans produced a fine come-back with two converted tries from a 19 year-old Mathias Oscadzuk to take the lead of 14-7 at halftime mark.

It was a game for any side as both teams showed brilliance in the second half. Collins Injera took the responsibilities and made his way through to the try line grabbing his 24th try and Agero again stepped up to convert leveling the scores.

Kenya then piled more pressure on the Argentines later on but it was not enough to win against the South Americans. In other results, New Zealand beat Russia 19-5 in their second match while earlier Argentina emerged victorious against Russia by a massive margin of 43-0.

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