Kenya 7s came from behind to beat South Africa 2 19-12 in their second match of the Solidarity 7s played on Friday afternoon in Stellenbosch.
Two tries late in the second half ensured that Kenya who had beaten Zimbabwe in the opener registered the second straight win in the competition.
SA 2 scored the first try of the game after enjoying minutes of possession and added extras to lead 7-0 . Kenya 7s levelled the scores with two minutes to play in the first half after they attacked on right and a slight change of direction by Collins Injera saw him beat his markers to score a try that was converted for a 7-7.
SA 2 struck again before the halftime break but the try went unconverted leaving the scores at 12-7.
In the final half, Kenya were forced to work hard for a try and South Africa nearly caught them on a counter but Daniel Taabu made a try-saving tackle and won Kenya a penalty which saw them regain possession.
SA 2 defence proved to be hard to break until Taabu entered into contact and released a beautiful offload to supporting Vincent Onyala who scored a try that was converted to take the scores to 14-12.
As South Africa thought of getting a winner in the game, Shujaa stole possession and Bush Mwale who had come off the bench fed Alvin Otieno on the left side and the latter’s big carry on the left flank saw him beat three markers to score a try that put the game beyond SA 2.
Kenya will conclude day one fixtures with a match against SA 1 at 3:10.
Rugby Africa Solidarity 7s second leg matches (Kick off times in EAT)
Day one Pool Games
10:00 South Africa 2 28-7 Uganda
10:20 Kenya 7s 28-12 Zimbabwe
12:30 South Africa 2 12-19 Kenya 7s
12:50 Uganda Vs South Africa 1
15:10 Kenya 7s vs South Africa 1
15:30 South Africa 2 vs Zimbabwe
17:30 South Africa 1 Vs South 2
17:50 Uganda vs Zimbabwe