Kenya 7s bowed out of Dubai 7s winless after falling 19-26 to Japan in the 13th place semis on Saturday Dec 1.
That defeat meant Kenya 7s collected only one point from the opening leg of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. It was Paul Murunga's debut as a head coach but not the way he would have liked it.
Kenya lost all matches at Dubai 7s as on day one they went down 14-35 to Scotland, 17-21 to France and 12-43 to Fiji who sent them to Challenge trophy quarters and meet Spain to lose 19-26. Japan followed in 13th place semis.
Next for Kenya is Cape Town 7s in South Africa on Saturday Dec 8.
First point for Kenya
Leonard Mugasi found a little window of space on the right, he plucked a little stop-start move out of his locker and then strides over the line.
When you want to bounce back it pays to do it quickly and efficiently... that's exactly what Katsuyuki Sakai did with his brace. The second saw his pick off the base and crossed off first phase.
Dai Ozawa's five-pointer and the conversion from Katsuyuki Sakai broke the 20-point mark. Kenya striked back but quickly Masaki Kondo used every one of his 189cm in height to reach out from close range.
Leonard Mugasi crossed in the first and he was the man to finish the second with another score, however the match belonged to Japan.
Kensuke Iwabuchi's side will face either Zimbabwe or Wales in the 13th place play-off at 13:53 local time.
Kenya 7s results at Dubai 7s
Challenge Trophy Quarters
13th Place semi