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Alvin Otieno’s brace sends Kenya 7s into Vancouver 7s Semis

Kenya 7s are through to the Vancouver 7s semis after seeing off USA with a 19-14 win in the quarters played on Sunday at BC Place Stadium.

Innocent Simiyu charges will play Ireland at 11:20 PM as they seek to book a place in the final of the tournament.

Alvin Otieno and Daniel Taabu starred for Kenya 7s with the former bagging two tries in the win.

USA touched down first through captain and playmaker Kevon Williams who sliced past Kenya’s defence after he was fed with a pass off the line-out. He raced to score at the centre as his try was converted by Naima Fuala’au for a 7-0 lead.

Shujaa responded at the third minute of the game, Daniel Taabu rose from a scrum in the middle and passed to supporting Alvin Otieno who raced on to score the opening try.

The try was converted to tie the scores at 7-7. USA, however, went to the break leading by five points. Williams put unmarked Malacchi Esdale through and the latter raced clear to land the second converted try.

On return from the break, Taabu spotted a gap on the blindside off the scrum, quickly picked the ball from the scrum and went on to score at the right side of the try box.

Taabu’s magic would see him put Otieno through for his second try that was converted for a 19-14 lead. Kenya would hold on to win the match.

Their next opponents Ireland were forced to work harder to eliminate Hong Kong in a match that had to be decided in the sudden death.

Hong Kong led first through a try by Max Denmark and his try was converted by Russell Webb. The Irishman struggled to respond and their numerous attempts paid off at the sixth minute when Shane Jennings landed a converted try.

The second half was unchanged and the match went to extra time where Ireland scored at the 17th minute through Ben Moxham’s try at the right side after an overload to win 12-5.

CUP SEMI-FINALS
Ireland vs Kenya 7s 11:20
Winner Match 21 vs Winner Match 22 11:42

5TH PLACE SEMI-FINAL
Hong Kong vs USA 10:36 PM
Loser Match 21vs Loser Match 22 10: 58 pm

9th place semis

Chile vs Jamaica 8:58 PM
Germany vs Mexico 9:20 PM

Cup Quarters

Ireland 12-7 Hong Kong after extra time

USA 14-19 Kenya 7s
Great Britain vs Canada 8:04 PM
South Africa vs Spain 8:26 PM

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