Kenya Sevens rugby team Shujaa put up a gallant fight to beat Scotland 21-20 in a nervy match played at the Stade Jean-Bouin stadium in Paris for a 13th place finish and a rewarding 104 points after 10 legs of gritty action in the last top of the HSBC World Rugby series.
An overall eighth place finish on a 104 points platter in Paris has marked the end of an impressive world HSBC sevens 2017/18 season under coach Innocent Simiyu despite missing out of the main cup quarter-finals due to points inferiority.
Shujaa managed to beat their 100 points season target whilst finis seventh to turn around last season’s negative impression following a cheerless 12th place finish with 63 points.
A bad Day Two opening saw Shujaa go down 12-19 to Argentina in the Challenge Cup Trophy quarters played yesterday morning, the second loss Kenya endured in Paris the first being missing out from the cup quarter-finals despite two group stage wins and a highlight 22-19 win over Series leaders Fiji.
Argentina went ahead to win the Challenge trophy while Shujaa recovered in the subsequent fixture against Russia whereby Kenya thrashed Russia 26-14 to set up the date with Scotland.
Against Scotland, Kenya led 14-10 at half-time, a lead sustained to a 21-20 result at the final hoot to earn Shujaa three points at the end of the 14 minutes marked by intense open play.
Kenya handled Scotland pressure well with Eden Agero’s boot being the ultimate decider of the match in a match where the Scottish managed four tries against Kenya’s three.
Scotland kicked off the match on a high scoring two tries in succession but were cancelled out by Kenya’s response courtesy of Willy Ambaka and Collins Injera’ brilliant tries with Eden adding the extras for a 14-10 lead at the break.
Scotland regained the lead with a try on resumption for a 15-14 score but their lead was short lived moments after a ball handling error cost them the match after Shujaa forward Herman Humwa intercepted the loose ball with a kick to score the all-important try converted by Eden for the win despite Scotland scoring their an unconverted try in the last minute of the match.
To reach the 13th place finals, Scotland had seen off Samoa with a 24-19 win.