Blunt Kenya 7s stutter in Las Vegas openers


Blunt Kenya 7s stutter in Las Vegas openers

The Kenya national sevens Shujaa’s chances of progressing out of Pool C of the Las Vegas Sevens hang by a thread after a damaging draw against Argentina in their second game on Saturday morning.

Shujaa who needed to beat the Pumas after opening their campaign with a 24-7 loss to New Zealand All Blacks threw away a 7-5 lead to draw 14-14 in their second encounter.

The team now needs to beat their final Pool C challenger Russia on Sunday morning and hope the other result goes their way to emerge from the group as second best and qualify for the Main Cup quarters.

In their second clash, Nelson Oyoo opened their account racing clear to touch down after being set up by Eden Agero who converted for a 7-0 lead but the Argentines landed two converted tries through 19-year-old Mathias Oscadzuk to take a 14-7 lead into the breather.

The second half was balanced on a knife-edge, Shujaa standing firm in the wake of incessant Argentine pressure before Collins Injera found his way to the tryline, landing his 240th try on the World Series with Agero adding the extras to level the scores.

The final minute and a half saw Shujaa play with their tails up, Injera stealing in on the blind but his final delivery to Agero just bubbled away.

Argentina, finding themselves in possession late on, elected to boot the ball out to touch and take the draw.

Next for Shujaa is their final Pool A clash against Russia at 1.12am on Sunday morning.

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Story By Matthews Mutai
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