By Richard Munga
The Kenya national rugby sevens team has qualified for the main cup quarterfinals of the 9th leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series after beating Russia 22-7 in their second pool ‘A’ match played Saturday in Paris, France.
After beating Portugal 29-14 in their first group match last night and a fixture against giants New Zealand yet to come, the Singapore sevens champions had to beat Russia to guarantee themselves a place in the main cup quarterfinal.
And unlike yesterday when they trailed 14-0 to Portugal in the first half of their opening encounter, Kenya got off to a better start scoring the first try of the match against Russia through Sammy Oliech before Willy Ambaka sent the match into the break Kenya leading 12-0.
Ambaka was at it again early in the second half putting Kenya 17-0 up but before they could extend that lead Russia managed to get to Kenya’s try line scoring their first try.
Humphrey Kayange however sealed the win for Kenya with a last try of the match sending Kenya through to the quarterfinals.
Kenya will play New Zealand in their last pool match later Saturday afternoon.