Shujaa Drop to Challenge Trophy After Being Knocked Out of Los Angeles Sevens


Kenya’s Shujaa have been knocked out of the Los Angeles Sevens on Sunday morning after a 7-5 defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Japan in Group C


Shujaa are set to face Canada in the Challenge Trophy, also known as the ninth-placed quarterfinal on Sunday at 8:17 pm E.A.T. On Sunday morning Japa beat Shujaa in their final Group C match.

In the third minute, Shujaa took the lead through Kevine Wekesa’s center-post try which Daniel Taabu failed to convert. Shujaa held on to go with the lead into the break.

In the second half, Japan capitalized on numerical advantage after Shujaa’s Alvin Otieno was sent off for a high tackle in the opening minutes of the second half. Japan converted through Koki Yakushiji to take the lead. 7-5 the final score.

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In the second fixture, Fiji’s Ponepati Loganimasi gave them the lead with a try that was converted by Waisea Naicuqu, 7-5 at halftime. In the second half, a try by Rokoua Rasaku was converted by Iowane Teba to give Japan the lead. Teba scored an unconverted try to seal the 19-5 win.

On Sunday at 8:17 p.m., Kenya will play Canada in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinal, commonly known as the ninth-place quarterfinal. The United States will play Spain, France will play Chile, and Japan will play Uruguay in the other ninth-place quarterfinals.

Great Britain will play the current series leaders and Sydney Sevens kings, New Zealand.

Fiji, who have not yet won a leg, will take on the Dubai Sevens champions South Africa, the Hamilton Sevens champions Argentina will play the Cape Town Sevens winners Samoa, and the Hong Kong Sevens champions Australia will play the Irish in the Cup quarterfinals late on Sunday.

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