Rugby Rugby

Kenya face English hurdle for Cup quarters



NAIROBI, Kenya, February 14 – Kenya will have to win their last group B fixture against England to qualify for a second successive Main Cup quarter- final after winning one and losing another of their Pool B fixtures in the opening day at Las Vegas Sevens, USA on Saturday.

Shujaa who fielded a strong line-up in the absence of vice captain Collins Injera who flew back after Wellington 7s to welcome his second born, snatched a last-gasp win over Canada 22-21 in the opener before going down 14-19 to Argentina.

Canada bounced back to shock England 12-15 to throw the group wide open after Argentina lost 17-19 to England.

With both sides having won a match apiece, they all have a chance of making it to the Cup quarters when action resumes Sunday morning.

Against Canada, Kenya rallied from two tries down to snatch a late win with Billy Odhiambo the Hero when he grounded on the hooter to cancel a 21-17 lead.

Inform Daniel Sikuta scored a brace to keep Kenya’s Cup playoff hopes alive after Michael Wanjala had pulled one back through his unconverted try.

The victory saw Ochieng’ charges end a three match run without a win against the Canadians this season.

The Pumas showed no love for Kenya on Valentine’s Day after beating Shujaa for the third time this season.

Oscar Ayodi and Odhiambo touched down for Kenya after Franco Sabato broke through from the outset to give Argentina the lead before Nicolas Coronel doubled the advantage.

Ayodi finally grounded his first try this season when he dashed from 50 metres to the line and pull one back as they trailed 7-14 to the breather.

Sabato mustered his second try of the game on resumption before speedster Odhiambo missed a tackle to go over for his second try in the tournament but time ran out on Kenya who will now have to beat England in the early fixture Sunday at 12:30am for them to qualify for the Main Cup quarters for the second time this season.