Nelson Oyoo landed two tries as Kenya 7s staged a comeback to beat Uruguay 24-19 in the final Pool B match played on Saturday at Allianz Stadium.
Kenya now finish third in pool B with five points and are out of the cup quarters following back to back losses to South Africa and New Zealand.
Both Kenya and Uruguay had suffered back to back defeats and were hoping to win this encounter to end day one on a high note.
Uruguay had bright start retaining possession from kick off before their captain Diego Ardao chipped the ball over Kenyan defence and later race to retrieve the ball and score.
Kenya struggled to break Uruguay and conceded the second try when Mateo Vinals dived over at the left corner for the second try for a 12-0 lead.
Kenyan captain Nelson Oyoo produced clean pair of heels to cut the gap to seven points just before halftime.
In the second half, Alvin Otieno came on and scored at the corner to reduce the gap to two points.
Anthony Omondi then pounced on a loose ball and set up Oyoo for his second try that was under the posts and gave Kenya a 17-14 lead after a successful conversion.
Shujaa opened the gap further when Omondi sold a dummy and slipped past the defence for a try he converted for a 24-14.
Ardao’s kick an chase tactic earned him another try but the side missed a conversion attempt that would have trimmed the gap to three points. Kenya held on and despite late pressure, they won the match 24-19.
The two sides now shift focus on the ninth place playoff scheduled for Sunday.
Saturday 28 January
Ireland 26-0 Spain
USA 7-26 Samoa
South Africa 28-12 Uruguay
New Zealand 33-0 Kenya 7s
Fiji 54-0 Japan
France 40-0 Tonga
Argentina 19-26 Great Britain
Samoa 35-15 Spain
USA 0-26 Ireland
Kenya 7s 24-19 Uruguay
New Zealand vs South Africa : 07:49
Tonga vs Japan : 08:11
France vs Fiji : 08:33
Great Britain vs Canada : 08:55
Argentina vs Australia : 09:17
CUP QUARTER FINALS
1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool B : 11:37
1st Pool B vs 2nd Pool C : 12:05
1st Pool D vs 2nd Pool A : 12:35
1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool D : 13:03
Sunday 29 January
9TH PLACE QUARTER FINAL
3rd Pool C vs 4th Pool B : 01:54
3rd Pool B vs 4th Pool C : 02:16
3rd Pool D vs 4th Pool A : 02:38
3rd Pool A vs 4th Pool D : 03:00
13TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser M29 vs Loser M32 : 05:00
9TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Winner M29 sv Winner M32 : 05:22
Winner M30 vs Winner M31 : 05:44
5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser M25 vs Loser M28: 06:06
Loser M26 vs Loser M27 : 06:28
13TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser M30 vs Loser M31 : 06:50
CUP SEMI FINALS
Winner M25 vs Winner M28: 08:06
Winner M26 vs Winner M27: 08:28
13TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner M33 vs Winner M38 : 09:44
9TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner M34 vs Winner M35: 10:06
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner M36 sv Winner M37 : 10:28
Loser M39 vs Loser M40: 11:29
Winner M39 vs Winner M40 : 12:26