Kenya 7s will now have to win their final two group stage matches in the Toulouse 7s to keep the hope of making it to quarter alive, this is after losing to Uruguay 19-7 in the opener at Ernest Wallon on Friday.
Shujaa who will face New Zealand on Friday at 7:16 PM and Canada on Friday and will need to pick at least 15 points from this tournament to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation playoffs alive.
Uruguay dictate possession
In a crucial match that carried significant weight for both teams, Shujaa knew that they needed to come out strong to keep their hopes of making it to the quarters alive.
However, it was Uruguay who started off impressively, and within just two minutes of play, they managed to score the opener through Baltazar Amaya for a 5-0 lead.
The first half belonged mostly to Uruguay, as they retained possession and demonstrated their skill on the pitch. After some excellent handling, the ball made its way to Mateo Vinals, who scored at the left corner to extend Uruguay’s lead to 12-0 after conversion.
From the break, Uruguay stole possesion from Kenya and Bautista Basso touched down despite pressure from Dennis Abukuse for a converted try that took the lead to 19-0.
Kenya 7s consolation
Kenya pulled back when Brian Tanga set up George Ooro with an offload for a try that saw the scoreline change to 19-5.
Kenya 7s will need to rise in the final games to keep the hope of reaching the first quarters this season alive.