Off-colour Kenya Sevens team yesterday hit a new low at the penultimate leg of HSBC World Rugby Series in Paris, France where they were mauled 15-7 by minnows Russia, in a lowly race for 13th place.
Consequently, the team earned a paltry one point from the leg and will surely land in a tough pool for next weekend’s season ender in London, United Kingdom. It was the second time in the 2016/2017 season that rank outsider Russia beat Kenya. Their initial 22-0 victory in Hong Kong was dismissed as a fluke.
From the highs of reaching Cup quarterfinals in the Singapore leg last month, Kenya promptly contrived to get out of Main Cup contention by throwing away a healthy half-time lead in their opening Pool C match with hosts France.
Shujaa led 14-0 at half time thanks to tries by Frank Wanyama and Billy Odhiambo, but were overrun by the hosts in the second half, losing 14-22. The team then marshaled strength and walloped Spain 26-14 in the second Pool C match then posted a respectable 12-12 draw with England.
Their efforts could however, only see them head to the all-familiar Challenge Trophy quarter-finals in which they lost 7-12 to Argentina, dropping to fight for 13th place with Russia.
The European underdogs took advantage of myriads of mistakes by Shujaa to down the first try early in the game. Kenya rallied in an attempt to turn tables on the minnows but ended up conceding a second try after Derek Mayar was sin binned for an infringement. Kenya trailled 10-0 at half time.