Kenya 7s

Kenya 7s proceed to playoff final despite Uruguay loss

Kenya's Alvin Otieno charges through the Uruguay defense on day one of the HSBC Singapore Sevens at Singapore National Stadium on 8 April, 2023 in Kallang, Singapore. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s will face Canada in the survival Playoff final on Sunday at 6:56 PM despite losing 14-10 to Uruguay in the final pool stage match played on Sunday.

In a crucial match to determine their fate, Shujaa, secured their place in the final and now aim to defeat Canada once again to retain their core status.

Facing Uruguay, who needed a victory by eight points or more to reach the final, Kenya entered the game determined to maintain the impressive form they displayed on the second day of the competition, which was pivotal in their survival.

The first half remained tight, with both teams showcasing resolute defense to keep their opponents’ attacks at bay. However, Uruguay managed to break the deadlock just before halftime when Bautista Basso scored in the seventh minute. Guillermo Lijtenstein successfully converted, granting Uruguay a 7-0 lead heading into the break.

As the second half unfolded, Uruguay extended their advantage with a try from Felipe Arcos Perez, putting them in a favorable position and reviving their hopes of reaching the final. However, Kenya refused to be deterred. Alvin Otieno made a decisive break on the left wing, displaying exceptional speed as he raced to score a try, providing Kenya with a lifeline in the match.

With the tension mounting, Kenya seized a last-minute opportunity as they were awarded a penalty. Their kicker Johnstone Olindi calmly slotted in the three points, securing a Kenya place in final.

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