Shujaa fall to Argentina in Paris Sevens

Sunday June 10 2018

Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (right) escapes the attention of New Zealand's Curry during their Paris Sevens Group A match on June 9, 2018 at the Jean-Bouin Stadium. PHOTO | WORLD RUGBY |

Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (right) escapes the attention of New Zealand's Curry during their Paris Sevens Group A match on June 9, 2018 at the Jean-Bouin Stadium. PHOTO | WORLD RUGBY |  

By BRIAN YONGA
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Kenya Sevens lost 19-12 to Argentina in the Challenge Cup Trophy quarters during the Paris Sevens at Jean-Bouin Stadium on Sunday.

Shujaa led Argentina 12-7 at half time thanks to tries from Andrew Amonde and Brian Tanga - that he converted. In between, Dominguez secured a try for Argentina that was duly converted by Gaston Revolution.

Two more tries by Rosa's Paz and Gonzalez and conversion by Bazan Velez brought Kenya to its knees. Willy Ambaka then Eric Ombasa received yellow cards at different times in the second half.

Heading to Paris 7s, Kenya had amassed a record 101 points to sit seventh with four points on eighth placed Argentina.

But with the loss, Kenya can pick a maximum three points in the 13th place contest as Argentina goes for the eight on offer at the challenge Trophy final.

Kenya on Saturday dropped to the Paris Sevens Challenge Trophy despite registering their second win in their Group "A" matches after edging out Samoa 24-10 at the Jean-Bouin Stadium.

World Rugby Sevens Series leaders Fiji joined fellow Pacific islanders New Zealand in the Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Kenya in the tough pool.

What locked out Kenya Seven was Fiji’s 26-17 win over New Zealand where Kenya banked either on the All Blacks defeating Fiji or All Blacks losing by more than 13 points to progress.

Fiji, New Zealand and Kenya finished with seven points each with two wins apiece. The Fijians, who are in line for their sixth Cup success this season and All Blacks went through on better aggregate.