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Kenya lose to Samoa in plate final

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 14- Kenya fell to Samoa 26-15 in Sunday’s plate final of the IRB Las Vegas Sevens.

A brace from Fautua Otto helped the pacific islanders to victory at the Sam Boyd Stadium despite Collins Injera and Sidney Ashioya scoring tries in the second half.

Otto put the defending champions on the board first with a converted try before Kenya captain Humphrey Kayange dotted down to make the score 7-5 at the interval.

Samoa took advantage of their numerical advantage with two quick tries in the early stages of the second half through Aifa Aiono and Otto for a 21-5 lead after Gibson Weru was sent to the sin bin late in the first half.

Substitute Sidney Ashioya put Kenya back in the match with a try midway through the half to make the score 21-10 but Alatasi Tupou put the match beyond Kenya’s reach with a late try.

Earlier, Kenya scraped through the plate semi with a 24-21 win over Australia.

Meanwhile, Collins Injera became the first Kenyan to score over 100 tries in the IRB Sevens series.

The Mwamba winger who was the top try scorer in the 2009/2010 season reached his milestone in their pool game against New Zealand on Saturday.

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"I scored my 100th try and I feel very happy about that, to be the first guy from Kenya to hit the 100 mark, it’s a milestone for Kenyan Rugby and to do it against New Zealand was great. I really savoured that moment,” said Injera who finished as the tournament’s top try scorer with 10 touchdowns.

South Africa clinched the main cup title after beating Fiji 24-14 in the final.

 

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