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Another bad show for Kenya 7s in London after three defeats: The Standard

KCB’s Elphas Artur jumps over Blak Blad player Douglas Bengi during their Christie 7s match at the RFUEA Ground yesterday. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Kenya Sevens’ poor showing at the World Rugby Seven Series continued yesterday at the London Sevens after two defeats saw them knocked out of the Main Cup quarter-finals.

Shujaa lost their Group B opener to Ireland 17-14 before their fate was sealed by current series leaders Argentina, who beat them 26-0.

In the opener, Shujaa trailed 5-0 at the break after Aaron O’Sullivan broke through the defense on the left wing to give the Irish a slim lead before Edmund Anya restored parity 5-5 at the start of the second period. Anthony Omondi converted for a 7-5 lead.

The Irish regained their lead after speedster Jordon Conroy scored a try which Mark Roche converted for a 12-5.

Arcadius Khwesa scored with seconds on the clock after fending off two defenders outside Ireland’s 22 yards and running through whitewash under the sticks. Omondi managed to convert the try for a 14-12 lead.

However, Kenya conceded a penalty in the Irish half on the restart, which their opponents took advantage of to score the winning try through Terry Kennedy.

Kenya then suffered a 24-21 loss to South Africa in their final group game.

Shujaa head coach Damian McGrath said there is still a lot of work to be done to get Kenya back in their place.

“We gave away possession cheaply and dropped the ball a lot and first we have to work to keep our possession. It’s still a long way to go and work in progress,” said the Englishman who replaced Innocent Simiyu two weeks ago.

Locally, defending champions Christie Sevens KCB, Strathmore Leos, Homeboyz, Mwamba and Kabras Sugar secured berths in the Main Cup quarter-finals after winning two opening matches in their respective groups on matchday one. of the second leg of the seven-a-side national circuit at the RFUEA Ground yesterday.

After winning the Kabeberi Sevens Tour last weekend, the Dennis Mwanja-led side began their second Tour title hunt with a 19-5 victory over Group A opponents Kenya Harlequin before beating JumiaPay Pirates 33- 7 to qualify for the quarters with a game in hand.

Kabeberi 7s runners-up Strathmore also kicked off a scoring streak with huge wins over Blak Blad (34-0) and Impala (36-0) as Homeboyz demolished the Catholic Monks 49-10 and the Western Bulls 14-12 to reach the last eight.

Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar maintained their dominance in the ‘Rai Derby’ after humiliating Menengai Oilers 36-7.

The sugar men who struggled last week seem to have found their footing and avenged the loss to Masinde Muliro University by beating the students 14-12.

Christie Sevens continues today with quarters, semis and finals lined up.