Shujaa edge Canada to sail through Dubai 7s semifinals
Daniel Taabu of Kenya tackles Siosifa Lisala of Japan during their Challenger quarterfinal on day two of the USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2, 2019. – Kenya defeated Japan 28-15. [AFP]

Kenya Sevens on Saturday morning qualified to semifinals of the Emirates Dubai Invitational Sevens tournament after closely knocking out Canada 21-19 in the quarterfinals played at the Sevens Stadium.

Mwamba RFC’s star Daniel Taabu scored a brace with KCB’s Johnstone Olindi sealing the win against the North American side who also scored three tries but failed to convert one.

Shujaa will now face France in the semifinals of the Main Cup at 2.14 pm East African Time after the French knocked out Uganda after thrashing them 45-7 in the other quarterfinal.

The other semifinal will see Argentina face Japan after both easily sailed through their quarters. Argentina saw off a resilient Chilean side after staging a second-half comeback to win 19-7 before Japan narrowly knocked out Spain 15-12.

Kenya drew 19-19 with France in yesterday’s group matches and they will be eyeing to reach the finals for the third time in the invitational events after previously reaching two in the Madrid Sevens played last month.

The clash between Argentina and Japan will also be a repeat of a group match in which Argentina won 31-14 on Friday.

Meanwhile, Kenya Lionesses poor run in Dubai continued after they lost their two opening matches to Brazil and France.

Kenya lost 17-5 to Brazil before going down 31-12 against France 2. The Lionesses will play their last match against France 1 at 1.52pm.

Dubai 7s Day Two results

Men

Kenya 21-19 Canada

Uganda 7-45 France

Argentina 19-7 Chile

Spain 12-15 Japan

Women

Lionesses 5-17 Brazil

France 2 31-12 Lionesses

Cup Semi-final

Argentina v Japan

Kenya v France

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