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Kenya 7s carries back-to-back wins to Vegas CT semis
By Patrick Korir | Sun 03 Mar, 2019 11:13

Kenya will face off with Spain in Las Vegas 7s Challenge Trophy Semis on Sunday 3 March, 2019 starting 10.44pm EAT.

To land Spain in the upcoming semis, Kenya erased a 15-7 half time deficit against Japan in Challenge Trophy quarterfinals on Saturday night with 21 unanswered points in the second half to win the duel 28-15.

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That win came on the back of a famous 24-19 triumph over Argentina in the final pool B game for Kenya to stay unbeaten on day 2.

Against Japan, Cyprian Kuto cancelled out Lisala's early try, and a conversion by Daniel Taabu saw Kenya lead 7-5. 

But two unconverted tries by Motomura and Soejima had Kenya trail at the half 15-7. At some point Kenya played without forward Charles Omondi who was sin binned.

Into the next half a Vincent Onyala double sandwiched by a Bush Mwale touchdown, all converted by Taabu, saw Kenya 7s win the tie and romp to the semis.

In the ealrier game, Kenya had the character to rise above the Pumas for a memorable win.

The team wiped out a 12-0 deficit for shared spoils heading to the half.

A Kuto dive at the corner followed by a breakaway Taabu try between the uprights - that he converted - saw Kenya back in it heading to the breather as the two tied 12-12. 

Kuto and Taabu's tries cancelled out a Mare and Provenzano diving try for Argentina that was converted by Mare.

In the second half, Kenya took the lead twice to win the tight duel. Taabu got Kenya ahead with a try and conversion. The Pumas reacted with similar points from an Ulloa try and conversion to lock the game at 19-19.

But Kenya was to have the last laugh as Kuto completed his brace, Taabu adding the extra. Shujaa however had to endure a nervy ending after gifting Argentina a penalty with six seconds left. A knock-on by the Pumas duly favored them.

For a place in the Challenge Trophy semis Spain beat Wales 19-7.

Patrick Korir
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