Kenya’s Collins Injera (C) fumbles the ball while getting tackled by Amenoni Nasilasila (R) of Fiji during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong on April 8, 2018. Kenya Sevens started their Singapore Sevens campaign on wrong footing, losing to England 28-19 at the National Stadium on April 28, 2018. PHOTO | ISAAC LAWRENCE | AFP
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BY SAMSON MBII,28TH APRIL 2018-Kenya has qualified for the Singapore Sevens Cup quarter-finals after beating USA 33-14 in their final Pool B match at the National Stadium on Saturday.
After a 28-19 loss to England in their opening match, Kenya put up a near-perfect performance to demolish France 34-0 in their second match to set up a must-win match against Mike Friday’s USA, which they brilliantly executed to storm into the last eight.
Samuel Oliech scored a brace of tries as Kenya touched down five times and four conversions to lock Friday’s charges out of contention for the Cup.
This is Kenya’s seventh Cup quarterfinals appearance this season with their best shows coming in Canada and Hong Kong where they reached the finals.
The victory, which was their second of the day, was enough to see Kenya through after they had earlier beaten France 34-0. Kenya Sevens started on a wrong footing, when they lost to England 28-19.
However, England topped the pool with nine points after their clean run where they also beat France and USA 39-0 and 19-14 respectively.
Kenya will now meet Pool “C” winners South Africa in the quarterfinal on Sunday at 7.52am while England take on Samoa in the other quarterfinal at 8.36am.
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