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Kenya Sevens edge Spain to bag first win at Dubai 7s

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | November 26th 2021

Innocent Simiyu’s charges only victory came during the final pool match after defeating Spain 26-12. [Courtesy]

Kenya Seven registered their first win at the Dubai 7s after coming from behind to thrash Spain 26-12 in the final Group B match played at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

Shujaa suffered two defeats and bag only one win in the Group B matches played against Argentina, USA and Spain.

Innocent Simiyu’s charges only victory came during the final pool match after defeating Spain 26-12.

Shujaa headed into the much after suffering back-to-back defeats to USA and Argentina and needed a win to keep the quarterfinals hopes alive. Spain had gone down to Argentina but bounced back to beat USA.

Billy Odhiambo scored a brace with Herman Humwa and Johnstone Olindi also crossing over for the win.

Shujaa was yet to know their fate as they remained third in the log with 5 points and were to wait for the completion of other matches to determine if they qualify for the quarterfinals today as one of the two best losers.

Kenya Sevens began the 2022 World 7s Series season on a low note after going down 14-7 to the USA in a tight opening match.

Shujaa went into the Pool “B” match having lost to the Americans19-14 in the last meeting at Edmonton 7s in the 2021 World 7s Series.

In the second match, Shujaa was dealt another blow after going down to Argentina 22-17 despite a much improved performance.

Kenya looked hungrier than in their opening loss to USA, managing to come from behind twice but could not hold on as the South Americans levelled at 17-17 before capitalising on Alvin “Buffa” Otieno's sin-bin to punish them at the death.

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