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Kenya set up Argentina Bowl final clash

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IRB Glasgow Sevens - Day OneNAIROBI, Kenya, February 15 – Kenya will face Argentina in the Bowl final after registering a resounding 19-5 win over Samoa in the Las Vegas 7s semis at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sunday night.

Felix ‘Toti’ Ochieng charges were relegated to the Bowl after England ended their dreams of reaching a second successive Main Cup quarters this season with a 21-14 loss.

Shujaa who edged out Portugal 17-7 to reach the Bowl semis, began well with Michael Wanjala putting Shujaa ahead from a quick taken penalty at the edge of the try line as Lavin Asego’s conversion went through for a 7-0 lead.

Samoa Toloa reduced the lead to two points when he burst from the centre and touch down on the left corner as the half-time buzzer went on.

Kenya bettered their performance on the restart, executing their passes well with Asego intercepting a lapse pass and sprint to touch down behind the post to extend the lead and his third try in the tournament.

Asego created the third and final try when he brilliantly set Billy Odhiambo with a huge 20-yard aerial pass, who broke through in to the right corner for his fourth try in Las Vegas.

Kenya will be looking to end a three successive winless run against the Pumas who eliminated Scotland 21-19 in the other semi-final, when the two sides lock horns at 1:10am local time.

In the Bowl quarters, Shujaa showed no mercy to the Portuguese scoring three tries against Portugal’s single converted try

Portugal set the pace after Aderito Esteves exploited Shujaa’s defence to find space and go under the post, but Skipper Andrew Amonde turned on with a speedy response before the break to reduce Portugal’s lead to two points.

Asego lifted Kenya on resumption when he turned over in the dying minutes to add on Odhiambo’s try to see Shujaa set a semifinal date against Samoa.

The early match of day two saw Kenya who have shown marked improvement in the last two legs once again could not beat the team that denied them a first Main Cup win two seasons ago in the Wellington 7s final after England ran out 21-14 victors.

Oscar Ayodi and Tonny Owour scored the only converted tries for Kenya with Richard de Carpentier, Thomas Bowen and Charlie Hayter grounding for England.

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