Shujaa started their Los Angeles 7s campaign with a 33-14 loss to Samoa in Pool D action at the Dignity Health Park.
Damian McGrath’s men were punished for four first half handing errors that gifted the Samoans three tries through Vaa Apelu Maliko who scored twice with Uaina Sione adding a third as Melani Matavao drilled home two conversions.
Daniel Taabu sparked a mini revival after the restart for Shujaa, scoring from a quickly taken penalty before setting up Willy Ambaka for a second try that brought the side to within five points of Samoa following two Sammy Oliech conversions.
Further tries from Paul Scanlan and Taunuu Niulevaea alongside Matavao’s conversion sealed the win for the Samoans.
Shujaa face England at 11.10pm EAT