Kenya 7s' Jeff Oluoch fends off the Samoa defense on day one of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 men's competition on 13 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s held by Japan at Hamilton 7s


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Kenya 7s played to a 12-12 draw with Japan in the second match of the Pool B of the Hamilton 7s at FMG Waikato Stadium in New Zealand.

Having thrown a first half 19-12 lead to lose 24-19 against England in the opening match, Shujaa came to this clash with a clear intention of picking the first win of the tournament. They, however, allowed Japan to come from behind twice to draw.

Just like the England match, Kenya had another impressive start and Andrew Amonde had a big carry on the left side before releasing the ball to Alvin Buffa Otieno who fend off Fisipuna Tuiaki to score the first five points.

Kenya were reduced to six men after Amonde was sin-binned, Japan could not make the numerical advantage count and barely a minute later, Timo Fiti Sufia was sent off leaving the teams level with six men each.

The teams went to the break tied at 5-5 after Kippei Ishida scored a five-pointer before the break.

On return from the break Jeff Olouch set up Daniel Taabu and the halfback dashed to the try-box to score a converted try. Japan did not give up as they levelled the scores with a converted try by Dai Ozawa.

Johnstone Olindi stumbled on his way to try-line in the dying minutes of the clash and lost the ball as he stretched to touch down and the Japanese held on to pick a draw.

Kenya and Japan have three points each following a win and a loss.

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