NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Kenya are through to the Main Cup quarter-final after thrashing Japan 24-5 in their last Group B match at Cape Town 7s in South Africa on Saturday.
After losing to Fiji 22-28 to Olympic champions Fiji in their second match, Shujaa bounced back to seal a slot in the Cup quarters after France lost 28-19
Patient build-up by the Innocent Simiyu charges saw Japan’s resolute defence eventually relent as Augustine Lugonzo shook off Masahiro Nakano’s last-gasp tackle to ground his ninth HSBC Sevens Series try.
Japan stoke back straight away, though, as Leon Ellison popped a pass inside to Jonmoon Han, who landed his first-ever HSBC Sevens Series try.
Billy Odhiambo, who has been in sensational form in the tournament, had a first-half double to give Shujaa a 14-point half-time lead.
The Kenya fans in Cape Town had a reason to dance in the second half as Brian Tanga sealed the win after being gifted by Odhiambo who did well to power through the right, but Tanga missed the conversion.