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Cup glory beckons Kenya 7s in South Africa

By HILARY KIMUYU

Kenya’s sevens rugby national team is through to the semi finals of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Cape Town following a hard fought 26-10 win over the USA.

Two tries each from Willy Ambaka and Collins Injera and three conversions by Biko Adema clinched the semis berth for Kenya who totally dominated the first half before weathering a heavy storm from the Americans in the second period.

After Kenya took a 19-0 lead at the breather, USA rallied back and narrowed the deficit to just nine points with two unconverted tries by the speedy Perry Barker early in the second half.

Kenya is due to play Argentina in the semis at 5:56pm on Sunday after South Africa takes on France in the first semis fixture.

Kenya had booked their place in the quarters by stunning hosts South Africa 14-12 on the first day of the tournament. Tries from Injera and Ambaka and two conversions from Adema, saw off the Springboks.

In their first match in Pool B on Saturday, Kenya threw away an early lead to settle for a 19-19 draw with England before bouncing back with a 36-0 rout of Zimbabwe.