Day two of the USA7s saw Shujaa go unbeaten as they beat Argentina 24-19 in the last Pool B match and later Japan 28-15 in the second Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal.
It was the Japanese who drew first blood as Siosifa Lisala swung past the Kenyan defense to dot down at the corner in the first minute. Barely two minutes later, Cyprian Kuto scored Shujaa’s try with Taabu converting to give Kenya a 7-5 lead. The Japanese responded with two tries through Naoki Motomura and Kameli Raravou Soejima, both conversions sailing wide. Japan having the upper hand at the breather as they lead 15-7.
The second half was a full Kenyan show as Shujaa scored three tries. Vincent Onyala would race away from his defenders in the ninth minute to score under the posts. A loose Kenyan ball was pounced on by Bush Mwale who then stepped his defenders in their 5meter mark to score Kenya’s third try before a counter ruck by Kenya resulted in Onyala landing his brace. Taabu sure with his boot added all three conversions to award Shujaa a much needed victory over the Japanese.
Shujaa progresses to the Challenge Trophy Semifinal where they’ll play Spain on Sunday at 10:44pm EAT.