Kenya’s 7s team finished in 10th place after losing to Spain by 26-10 in the Singapore 7s ninth place playoff on Sunday.
The match saw Alvin Otieno who was part of the 2016 squad that won the Singapore score his 50th try for Kenya 7s in 129 matches played.
Shujaa earned seven points while Spain gained eight points from this win. Both teams were hoping to secure the eight points available to keep hope of avoiding the relegation playoffs alive.
Despite Kenya 7s’ early penalties, they failed to capitalize on them and were punished when Spain’s Nicolas Nieto scored a try in the second minute. Spain doubled their lead when Jaime Mata scored a try and converted it.
However, Kenya managed to score their opening try in the fifth minute when Alvin Otieno took advantage of a gap on the blind side of the ruck and raced to score.
Spain responded with a beautiful interchange of play at the start of the first half and that saw Manu Moreno score their third try, making the score 21-5.
Although Brian Tanga scored a brilliant try for Kenya, it was canceled out by the referee due to a double movement before he touched down.
Spain’s Alejandro Laforgo scored their fourth try, reaching 26 points, before Edmund Anya’s long-range run saw him score an unconverted try for Kenya.
Kenya 7s will now focus on preparations for the do or die London 7s
Singapore 7s Quarterfinal pairings (Times in East African Time)
9TH PLACE QUARTER FINAL
Canada 14-28 Kenya 7s
Japan 21-5 Hong Kong
USA 10-22 Spain
South Africa 12-5 Ireland
CUP QUARTER FINALS
Samoa 22-7 Uruguay
France 21-33 Fiji
New Zealand 22-10 Great Britain
13TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Canada 26-5 Hong Kong
USA 12-5 Ireland
9TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Kenya 7s 40-7 Japan
Spain 12-5 South Africa
5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Uruguay 12-31 Australia
France 12-17 Great Britain
CUP SEMI FINALS
Samoa 19-24 Argentina
Fiji 10-19 New Zealand
13TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
9TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Kenya 7s 10-26 Spain
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Australia vs Great Britain 13:31
Samoa vs Fiji : 13:58
Argentina vs New Zealand : 14:28