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Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde is looking forward to the next match against Australia which will determine whether they reach the cup quarters of drop to the newly introduced Challenge Trophy.

After bouncing back to beat Japan in their second match, the captain, in an interview with World Rugby was relieved to beat Japan. “It was very necessary we win the second match and we look forward to the next,” he stated.

Although the interviewer attempted to seek Amonde’s comment on the apparent lack of experience following the absence of some of the players, the captain steered clear saying the immediate mission was the next match against Australia.

In the match against a very inexperienced Japan team, Frank Wanyama scored an opportunistic try after their opponents dropped the ball. Augustine Lugonzo’s conversion bounced off the left upright.

The next period was scrappy as Kenya failed to contain the restarts and missed tackles as well as conceding soft penalties.

Japan roared back with a converted try by Leon Ellison who rode a Nelson Oyoo tackle. In the ensuing restart, the Kenyans failed to contest and were mere spectators as Japan claimed the ball easily.

Just before the end of the half, Oyoo was bundled into touch. Kenya then conceded three penalties which saw Japan gain good ground but were let down by sloppy passing.

In the second half, William Ambaka raced clear after Lugonzo slipped past the Japan defense for Kenya to regain the lead 10-7.

With the clock runing down, a confusion by the Japan technical bench in making a substitute saw Jaco Cotze, the referee award Kenya a free kicky which was quickly taken and Dan Sikuta powered over for a converted try.

Australia defeated France 28-0 in the next match to book their place in the quarter final and Kenya need a win or a draw and at the worst a low scoring match for Kenya to edge out France on a better goal aggregate.

Earllier, Kenya blew a 14-0 lead to lose 24-14 to France in the opening match.

Two quick tries by Nelson Oyoo and William Ambaka converted by Augustine Lugonzo in the first three minutes were neutralized by a comeback try by French captain Terry Bouhraoua  after a good run by Julien Candelon.

Pierre Gilles Lakafia added the second try and Bouhraoua converted as Kenya led 14-12 at half time.

In the second half, France denied Kenya any possession and intensified their attack using the length and width of the pitch. A comedy of errors by Kenya saw  Bouhraoua score his second for the lead to change hands 17-14 in France’s favor.

They did not look back and Sacha Valleau scored a converted try for the win.

Kenya face Japan in the next match. Japan bravely fought back in the second half but lost 14-19 to Australia.

 Men’s draw

Pool A: Fiji, Argentina, Wales, Canada; Pool B: South Africa, USA, Scotland, Uganda; Pool C:New Zealand, England, Samoa, Russia; Pool D: Australia, Kenya, France, Japan.

Order of play

Kenya 14 France 24, Australia 19 Japan 14, USA 5 Scotland 14, South Africa 46 Uganda 0, Argentina 19 Wales 21, Fiji 26 Canada 19, England 19 Samoa 7, New Zealand 26 Russia 5, Kenya 17 Japan 7, Australia 28 France 0, USA 29 Uganda 7, South Africa v Scotland, Argentina v Canada, Fiji v Wales, England v Russia, New Zealand v Samoa, France v Japan, Australia v Kenya,Scotland v Uganda, South Africa v USA, Wales v Canada, Fiji v Argentina, Samoa v Russia, New Zealand v England.

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