Shujaa Wrap Best Points Season in Paris

Kenya Sevens held their nerves to edge Scotland 21-20 in the Paris Sevens 13th-place playoff as the 2017-18 World Rugby Series came to an end.

Innocent Simiyu’s side had already made some history for themselves last weekend in London, where they won the Challenge Trophy, but most crucially, hit the 100-point mark for the first time.

Shujaa found themselves in the Challenge Trophy once again despite inflicting Fiji their first loss in 26 matches in the group stage with a gritty 22-19 success. However, their opening 24-5 loss against New Zealand proved costly despite a 24-10 victory over Samoa in the ultimate group match. They faced Argentina in the Trophy quarters but lost 19-12 despite leading 12-7 at the breather.

The result set them up against Scotland where only three points were up for grabs, which the East Africans took, ensuring they finished the season in 104 points, their finest in the competition. Three points in Paris equalled their least of the season earlier in Cape Town. Shujaa reached two finals, in Vancouver and Hong Kong, losing both to Fiji. South Africa dramatically retained the overall title after beating England 24-14 in the Paris final. The Blitzboks finished on 182 points, just two better than runners up Fiji who bottled in the final leg, finishing 5th when a third place finish would have handed them the title.

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