Kenya’s involvement in the Sydney Sevens came to an end on Sunday morning following a 24-5 loss to Fiji in the fifth place semifinal staged at the Allianz Stadium. The defeat sees Shujaa exit the tournament in seventh position and have picked ten points.
In a day packed with support from home fans, Amenoni Nasilasila was first to pose a Fijian threat with a clever dummy that got all opponents falling for but was denied a touchdown by Brian Tanga just inches away from the tryline.
Jerry Tuwai however got them leading shortly after with a simple try before Nasilasila added a second to make the scores 14-0 into halftime.
The second half saw a re-energized Shujaa side pressing Fiji hard in their own half and were almost rewarded, Eric Ombasa offloading to Nelson Oyoo on the left flank for a promising run but the Top Fry Nakuru man was thrown out of play together with the ball.
Fiji on their part were not messing around with chances as Alasio Naduva and Josua Vakurunabili touched down in quick succession to extend the lead to 24-0.
The defeat is Shujaa’s third in only five games and is bound to reflect on the World Series standings where the team currently sits eleventh overall with 23 points.
Up next is the Hamilton Sevens, in New Zealand, on 3rd and 4th February 2018.