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How one try cost Shujaa victory in Spain

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Kenya’s hope for a Main Cup Final win at the Madrid 7’s was thwarted after a 21-14 loss against Argentina on Sunday.

in the inaugural Madrid 7’s in Spain on Sunday.

Argentina’s Matias Osadczuk sliced through Kenyan defenders like a double-edged sword to score his try, and successfully curling his conversion. 7-0 score line in favour of Argentina.

However, a high tackle on Shujaa’s fly half Johnstone Olindi led to Osadczuk being sent off giving the Shujaa an upper hand.

Shujaa levelled a few minutes later with captain and speedster Nelson Oyoo offloading a superb pass to Alvin Otieno, who cleverly side-stepped to evade his markers, scoring under the post. 7-7 score line on the board.

Heading to the intervals, an infringement and handling error deep in Shujaa’s 10-yard allowed Argentina to score their second try through Rodrigo Etchart. Fly half Osadczuk again converted. 14-7 lead for the Los Pumas.

Soon after the intervals, Shujaa’s captain Nelson Oyoo was sent off for a malicious tackle on an opponent handing Kenya a numerical disadvantage.

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However, the Los Pumas failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage with Oyoo coming back to score a converted try after Ambaka set him up. 14-14 score.

A last minute handling error by Oyoo saw Argentina’s talisman Rodrigo Etchart seal his brace to hand Argentina  a 21-14 win.

It was a second successive loss for Shujaa against the Los Pumas who had earlier beat them 21-7 in the preliminaries.

However, Shujaa will pick lots of positives from the two-day tournament, given it was the first time they were involved in a competition after a long COVID-19 break.

On the other hand, Kenya Lionesses lost 10-12 to Spain in the fifth place playoff.

The Innocent Simiyu charges are using the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

The Madrid 7s tournament, will conclude next weekend.

Kenya 7s results at Madrid 7s:

Kenya 7 Argentina 21

Kenya 38 USA 7

Kenya 36 Portugal 5

Spain 5 Kenya 19

Kenya 14 Argentina 21

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