Rugby WC: Kenya Flop as All Blacks Triumph

Kenya Sevens finished a disappointing 16th after a terrible campaign at the just concluded 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Francisco, USA as New Zealand won both the men and women’s titles.

Shujaa, semi-finalists in the previous two editions, started their campaign with a gritty 19-7 win over Tonga, Nelson Oyoo scoring a brace to help the Africans qualify for the the round of 16.

Scotland were the.opposition and it looked like a quarterfinal spot was in the bag as Shujaa led 26-5 with four minutes to go.

However two sin bins in quick succession on Samuel Oliech and Samuel Ngethe proved the catalyst for Scotland who rallied to win 31-26 and send Shujaa crashing out.

It all went south from then as Innocent Simiyu’s men were beaten 24-14 in Challenge Trophy quarters, 19-17 by Samoa in 13th place playoff and 26-14 by Japan in battle for 15th position, the boys finishing 16th in the 24-team tournament.

Defending champions New Zealand eased past England 33-12 in the final to retain the title they won in Moscow, Russia four years ago.

The English stunned World Rugby Series winners South Africa 29-7 in the semis while the All Blacks edged Fiji 22-17.

The Blitzboks took the bronze courtesy of a 24-19 win over the Fijians.

It was a double celebration for New Zealand as their women’s team, the Black Ferns won the women’s title, whitewashing France 29-0 in the final.

By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)


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