Kenya 7s are through to the Emirates Invitational 7s semi-finals after beating Canada 21-19 in the quarterfinal played at the Sevens Stadium.
They will face the winner of the clash pitting France and Uganda. Shujaa had registered mixed results in the pool stage on day one and were keen to bounce back strongly heading to this match.
Daniel Taabu scored 16 points following two tries and three conversions in the match to help Kenya win the clash.
After minutes of hunting possession, Kenya won the ball and Billy Odhiambo would produce a powerful run to score the opening try.
Daniel Taabu belted in a conversion from the right flank for Kenya to lead 7-0. Kenya would put up a strong defensive display that saw most of the first half action happen in Canada’s half.
After the hooter, Kenya would bully their opponents on a ruck to regain possession and Taabu turned his markers inside out before breaking to score the second converted try. Shujaa went to the break leading 14-0.
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Canada earned a penalty after the second-half restart and they managed to enter Kenya’s half for the first time with their first surge forward being thwarted by a loose pass. They would however steal the ball off a lineout to score their first try which they failed to convert.
Kenya moved to 21 points after Johnstone Olindi’s footwork saw him breach Canada’s defensive line and offloaded to supporting Taabu who accelerated for Kenya’s converted try.
Innocent Simiyu coached side would let in two tries including another try after a hooter but they were not enough to close the gap.
Argentina, on the other hand, reached the last four after staging a comeback to beat Chile 19-7 in the first quarter. They will face Japan who edged Spain 15-12 in the second quarter. The clash between Argentina and Japan will be a repeat of pool Red match which Argentina won 31-14.
Cup Semi-final (Timings EAT)
14:14 Argentina v Japan
14:14 Kenya v Uganda/France
13:08 Chile v Spain
13:30 Canada v Loser/Uganda/France
9:28 Argentina 19-7 Chile
9:50 Japan 15-12 Spain
10:12 Canada 19-21 Kenya
10:34 Uganda vs France
Kenya Lionesses matches Day Two
8:00 am: Lionesses 5-17 Brazil
10:34am: France 2 vs Lionesses
1:52pm: France 1 vs Lionesses