Kenya 7s finished third in Pool Blue after a 15-14 loss to Spain in the final match of day one played at the Sevens Stadium.
Innocent Simiyu charges came to this after a win and a draw in their opening two matches and had the chance to top the pool. The side would however struggle in the clash and blew the change to top the pool after conceding a try just after the hooter.
Kenya had to defend more in the better part of the opening half and conceded the first try after Spain’s quick tap off a penalty. Spain doubled the lead with the second try following a break on the right-wing, stretching the scores to 10-0.
Kenya were able to cut the gap to three points after Willy Ambaka paced the left-wing to score the first try which was converted for 10-7 trail at half-time.
From the break, Kenyan forwards Andrew Amonde, Ambaka would produce a beautiful support play and Daniel Taabu would hand Kenya the second try which was converted for a 14-10 lead.
Kenya thought they had won the match but their restart after the try failed to travel 10 metres earning Spain a half penalty which they capitalized on to score a late try that won the match.
Uganda ended day one without a win after going down 19-12 to Japan in the final match of the day. They finished bottom of the log with three points.
Red: Canada, Japan, Argentina, Uganda
Blue: Spain, Chile, Kenya, France
France 21-17 Spain
Kenya 39-7 Chile
2:44 France 19-19 Kenya
Spain 19-12 Chile
Chile 5-38 France
5:18 Spain 15-14 Kenya
Japan 21-45 Canada
Argentina 38-14 Uganda
Japan 14-31 Argentina
Canada 5-40 Uganda
Japan 19-12 Uganda
Canada 14-26 Argentina
Dubai Women’s Pool: Brazil, Kenya, USA, France 1, France 2, Japan, Canada
8:52am: Japan 19-14 Lionesses
12:54pm: Lionesses 5-38 Canada
3:50pm: USA vs Lionesses
8:00 am: Lionesses vs Brazil
10:34am: France 2 vs Lionesses
1:52pm: France 1 vs Lionesses