Nairobi — Teenager Kevin Wekesa grounded a brace of tries to encourage Kenya to a brighter begin within the Vancouver 7s after edging out USA 19-17 in Group A opener on Saturday.
Shujaa had an enchancment within the defence, which got here in useful to cease USA who solely managed to squeeze in a strive, taking a 5-0 lead.
The rating wakened the Harmless Simiyu facet, who maximized on their physicality for knowledgeable Billy Odhiambo to set-up promising Wekesa who went below the put up for the transformed try to ship the Kenyans 7-5 forward.
Couple of minutes later, Wekesa was at it once more for a second strive, that was unconverted to take the scores to 12-7, however Shujaa have been penalized for an infringement after Tonny Omondi was despatched to sin-bin, fortunately time was not on Mike Friday’s USA because the referee blew the half-time whistle.
On resumption, USA leveled the scores with a transformed attempt to take the scores to 12-12, earlier than including one other attempt to take the lead however in direction of the top, seasoned participant Bush Mwale was the hero scoring on the lifeless beneath the put up for a 19-17 win.
The win was candy for the Kenyans who avenged the slim 10-12 loss they suffered within the palms of People in Singapore 7s.
Kenya subsequent faces Fiji at Sunday 00.04am earlier than dealing with England at 3:07am for the final match of Group A.
Fiji hammered England 27-12 within the different Group A match.