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Kenya 7s, Japan share spoils
By Eric Njiru | Sat 25 Jan, 2020 08:19

Alvin Otieno and Daniel Taabu were on the scoresheet as Kenya 7s and Japan played to a 12-12 draw in their second match at Hamilton 7s on Saturday January 25, 2020.

Kenya needed a win in this second game as they had lost 19-24 to England in their first game. Alvin 'Buffa' Otieno put Kenya 7s up but Shujaa failed to add the extras after which Japan hit back through Kippei Ishida.

Kenya would go up again through Daniel Taabu's converted try moment before Japan had a seven-pointer too through Dal Ozawa. Shujaa had a chance to win it but Johnstone Olindi lost the ball forward on his way to a possible grounding.

Kenya's next match is against South Africa at 2.13am on Sunday. Both Kenya and Japan are on one point. 

Unlike other legs, the January 25-26 tournament in New Zealand has a new format leaving little room for error in pool play. 

With quarter-finals dropped from the schedule, only the winners from the four men's pools will advance straight to the semi-finals. Every game counts with this new format.

Hamilton 7s Results/Fixtures(Kenyan time)
Saturday Jan 25, 2020
Ireland v Canada 21-26
France v Spain 21-17
Kenya v England 19-24
South Africa v Japan 31-5
Argentina v Australia 7-38
Fiji v Samoa 19-12
Scotland v USA 7-24
New Zealand v Wales 47-0

Ireland v Spain 28-17
France v Canada 12-12
Kenya v Japan 12-12
South Africa v England 19-21
Argentina v Samoa 40-0
Fiji v Australia 19-12
Scotland v Wales 10.05am
New Zealand v USA 10.33am

Sunday Jan 26
Canada v Spain 1.07am
France v ireland 1.29am
England v Japan 1.51am
South Africa v Kenya 2.13am
Australia v Samoa 2.35am
USA v Wales 3.19am
New Zealand v Scotland 3.41am

Cup semis
1st Pool B v 1st Pool C 6.20am
1st Pool A v 1st Pool D 6.42am

15th Place playoff
3rd Best 4th v 4th Best 4th 7.10am

13th Place playoff
Best 4th v 2nd Best 4th 7.32am

11th Place playoff
3rd Best 3rd v 4th Best 3rd 7.54am

9th Place playoff
Best 3rd v 2nd Best 3rd 8.16am

7th Place playoff
3rd Best 2nd v 4th Best 2nd 8.38am

5th Place playoff
Best 2nd v 2nd Best 2nd 9am

Bronze Final
Loser M25 v Loser M26 9.56am

Cup Final
Winner M25 v Winner M26 10.56am

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere. Experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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