Shujaa out of the medal bracket in Gold Coast

Kenya closed out  their preliminary round action at the Commonwealth Games men’s rugby sevens competition with a 47-0 win over fellow African side Zambia to finish second in Pool C.behind New Zealand The result was not enough to see them qualify for the semifinal.

Nelson Oyoo scores as Kenya beat Canada 26-10 in the Commonwealth Games men’s rugby sevens competition at the Robina Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia on 14 April 2018/Photo/World Rugby/Getty Images

Shujaa led 33-0 at the interval through tries from Arthur Owira, Jeff Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera with Eden Agero managing four conversions.  Agero then converted further tries from Oluoch and Oyoo to seal the win.

A 40-7 loss to New Zealand had earlier ended Shujaa’s medal ambitions .

Etene Nanai-Seturo scored a first half double to get New Zealand going, his second a lovely chip and chase as he spotted acres of space behind the Kenyan defence.

Sione Molia also scored a stunning individual effort, bursting through three or four tacklers before diving in under the posts.

After the break, Regan Ware, captain Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb scored to bring up 40 points for New Zealand. Samuel Oliech scored a late consolation for Kenya.

Shujaa had earlier began their campaign with a 26-10 win over Canada.  Nathan Hirayama put the Canadians ahead for a 5-0 lead but Collins Injera scored on the stroke of half time to see the teams tied 5-5 at the interval.

Oliech would then convert Jeff Oluoch’s try to put the Kenyas 12-5 up but Canada kept in touch through Justin Douglas’ unconverted effort which brought up the scores to 12-10 before Oliech stroked home two conversions after Nelson Oyoo and Willy Ambaka touched down to win the game for Kenya.

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