Kenya 7s registered the first win in the Las Vegas 7s, beating Argentina 24-19 in the final pool B clash staged at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Shujaa were on an eight-match losing streak in the series, with their last win being a 24-7 victory over the Argentines in the third leg of the World 7s Series- Hamilton 7s on January 27.
Heading to this clash, Kenya had lost to USA 26-10 and France 31-7 in the opening games of the Las Vegas 7s. They were looking for the seven-win over Argentina in the 20 meetings.
Kenya 24-7 Argentina
Kenya 31-34 Argentina
Kenya 12-19 Argentina
Kenya 42-10 Argentina
Kenya 12-17 Argentina
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The first points in the game were for Argentina, who moved the ball to the left wing and set up Santiago Mare who gave his side five points. Luciano Gonzalez doubled the lead after a break in the middle and he dived over to bag a converted try for Argentina.
Kenya were able to tie the scores before the break, Cyprian Kuto forced his way to try line on the right side while Jacob Ojee added Shujaa’s second after a brilliant sidestep that left two of Los Pumas defenders on the ground before racing to score at the centre.
Daniel Taabu had an easy time to convert. On return from the break, Taabu sliced through Argentina’s defence and scored Kenya’s third try which was converted for a 19-12 lead.
Debutant Francis Oloua collected a short ball to score a converted and tied the scores at 19-19, Taabu would initiate another move with a kick and Brian Wandera went over to send Kenya 24-19.
Kenya were able to hold on and registered the second straight over the South Americans for the first time since 2014.