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Singapore 7s: Kenya book France in CT quarters
By Eric Njiru | Sat 13 Apr, 2019 19:52

Kenya 7s are set to play France in the challenge trophy quarters of Singapore 7s on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 6.06am.

Kenya missed out on cup quarters for the eighth time of asking this season as they beat Wales 19-14 but lost 14-17 to USA and 7-36 to England. Kenya, Wales and England all had five points after three matches but Kenya finished bottom due to GD with Wales also missing out. 

Oscar Dennis, who made Kenya debut on series in Hong Kong last weekend, raced in for a 40-metre try in the win over Wales. The side worked the left edge of the field superbly and punished the misplacement from Wales at the other end.

It was tensed clash between Kenya and Wales – they both put a try apiece on the board after kick off- but were feeling the intensity and magnitude of meeting a side that's so close to them in the world series standings. 

Kenya went into this weekend's competition in 13th position on 23 points while Wales are sitting in 15th with just 20 points to their name. 

There were plenty of twists and turns including big victories for Scotland over Fiji and Wales over England. Elsewhere, the unbeaten quartet of South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Australia also put in some head-turning displays.

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Mike Friday’s USA started their day by avenging the pool loss that they suffered to Wales in Hong Kong. They had to contend with a late personnel change too as Martin Iosefo was ruled out due to injury. Ben Broselle took his place and the outfit scored first. 

After the break, the USA Eagles Sevens notched up back-to-back tries and a 14-5 advantage turned into 31-12 after 14 minutes. 

Next, their work against Friday’s former side Kenya was determined. They were pushed all the way but showed significant resilience for a 17-14 victory and Carlin Isles continued his hot try-scoring streak with another brace. 

In their first match England, with the importance of series points firmly on their minds, held a purposeful 19-0 lead over Kenya at the pause. The second seven minutes then belonged to their youngsters. 

First, 19-year-old Femi Sofolarin scored his debut try out wide before another 19-year-old, Jamie Barden then crossed. Kenya found their way over the line in the final moments but it was a match that England dominated. 

However, Simon Amor’s side suffered a shock defeat in their second encounter. Wales made their opponents uncomfortable from the outset and worked incredibly hard from start to finish. Ethan Davies and Cai Devine secured their crucial tries in the 12-0 victory. 

Wales missed out on a chance to go through to the Cup quarter-finals however, as they fell 19-14 to Kenya in a match that was packed with passion and pace.

Kenya 7s Results
Kenya 7 England 36
Kenya 14 USA 17
Kenya 19 Wales 14

Sunday Fixtures
Challenge Trophy quarters
5am Scotland vs Spain
5.22am Wales vs Hong Kong
5.44am Japan vs Canada
6.06am France vs Kenya

6.30am South Africa vs Samoa
6.52am USA vs Argentina
7.14am New Zealand vs Fiji
7.36am Australia vs England

Eric Njiru
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