Gibo Zachary @PeopleSports11
National rugby sevens side Shujaa had a weekend to forget in Cape Town South Africa, the second leg of the 2017-18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series where they failed to make it to Main Cup quarter-final this season.
In the first leg in Dubai Sevens, Shujaa finished seven with 10 points and averagely made it to the last eight and their attempt to do better in Cape Town went up in smoke as they disappointingly left to compete for the 13th position against Uganda on Sunday late evening.
On Saturday, Shujaa have themselves to blame as they blew away a 14-0 points lead to give France the match, France running away 21-14 victorious. Shujaa bounced back strongly in their second match thrashing Russia 34-0 to rekindle their hopes of making it to the quarterfinals.
With them blowing away an easy match against France but bouncing back against Russia, Shujaa were up against series leaders and hosts South Africa in a must win game for them to make it to the main cup quarterfinal.
The southerners took an early lead but Shujaa paged them back with a converted try from William Ambaka but that was all Shujaa could offer as Blitz Boks cruised to a comfortable 26-7 win to end Shujaa’s hopes of a main cup quarterfinal berth, consequently dropping to challenge trophy quarters.
In the challenge trophy quarters, Shujaa met Samoa but lost narrowly 19-15 to drop further to 13th position semis. Here Shujaa regained its form to outgun Scotland 33-12.
Shujaa were quick off the blocks with early first-half tries from Brian Tanga and Jeffery Oluoch giving Shujaa the lead before Jamie Farndale pulled one for the Scottish on the stroke of half-time.
Shujaa were ruthless in the second half with highflying Brian Tanga crossing the tryline once more and speedster Nelson Oyoo and Samuel Ngethe Njenga cruising for the comprehensive 33-12 win to book a playoff in the 13th place final against neighbours Uganda.