Rugby: Kenya to Edmonton 7s quarterfinals: The standard sport

Rugby Sevens team in Kurume City, Japan on July 13, 2021. [Edward Alusa/Team Kenya]

Kenya Sevens qualified for the Edmonton 7s quarter-finals after beating Spain and Chile in their first two Pool B games in Canada.

Mark Kwemoi scored a brace when Shujaa beat Spain 26:12 in his second pool match and secured their place in the quarter-finals.

In the opening game, Willy Ambaka also scored a brace that inspired Shujaa to a 38-5 win over Chile to start the Edmonton 7s high in a Pool B game at the Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Kenya landed six tries, three in each half, as the East African giants took three points.

The Kenya Sevens captain Nelson Oyoo got Shujaa on his forefoot after shooting down Alvin Otieno’s inside feed to land the opening attempt which turned into a 7-0 lead.

Moments later, Ambaka punished the South Americans after throwing himself on a loose ball for an unconverted attempt when Kenya led 12-0.

Ambaka completed his courage in the final minutes of the first half when Kenya took a 19-0 lead after converting Mark Kwemoi during the break.

In the final half, Chile scored in the right corner before Kwemoi scored to extend Kenya’s lead to 24-5.

Alvin Marube entered the scorers list minutes later after jumping over the whitewash with a 31-5 lead.

MMUST Rugby’s Timothy Mmasi sealed the win with a late try when Kenya scored their first win at the Edmonton 7s.

Shujaa will play the USA in the last game.

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