Shujaa suffered a 5-14 loss to the Springboks in their second Tokyo 2020 Rugby Sevens match that kicked off at 1:00pm EAT.
South Africa was the first to go over the whitewash as Selvyn Davids sliced through the Kenyan defense, a tackle by Captain Andrew Amonde could however not stop Davids as he landed the try. The conversion was successful.
Shujaa struggled with the restarts in the first half and South Africa didn’t leave anything to chance. They retained their restarts and a signature cross kick resulted in Captain Siviwe Soyizwapi fending off his oncoming defender and went over the whitewash for his side’s second converted try for a 14-0 lead.
Shujaa with possession and the mercurial Eden Agero creating a gap in the South African defense cut through it and set up veteran Collins Injera to score Kenya’s first and only try in the encounter. Agero’s attempt at the conversion was unsuccessful, the first half ending with a 14-5 score.
In the second half, both teams’ defense was much better as their opponents were unable to score any points but South Africa was unforgiving in the breakdown area ensuring they got the turnovers. The full-time score was 14-5 in favour of South Africa.
Day two action kicks off tomorrow at 3:00 am but Shujaa’s final pool match will be at 5:00 am against Ireland.
Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby