Kenya 7s saved the best for last to qualify for a first main cup quarterfinals during the tenth and final leg of the 2018/9 World Sevens Series at Paris, that, coupled with other results, confirmed their core status for yet another season.
Kenya played their part in beating another relegation candidate Wales 26-21 in their third and final pool B game. After the next game, where South Africa narrowly beat Australia 19-17, Kenya confirmed their place in the Cup quarters after nine straight failed attempts prior to Paris 7s. A final pool D game saw Japan fall 22-21 to Scotland confirming Kenya's core status.
Kenya had tied Australia 19-19 in game one but Australia went on to lose to Wales 24-7 in their second game. The Aussie loss to Blitzbokke handed Kenya the ticket to the last eight.
Japan had done all they could to secure a place in the Cup quarters as they led Scotland 21-15 at the hooter. However, the Scots won a break down and with quick recycles grounded the ball at the corner. Gavin Lowe secured the winning extra to break the hearts of Japan and its rallying followers.
Heading to France, Kenya sat 14th in the standing with 27 points, just two ahead of 15th place Japan who occupied the final relegation spot. With Kenya in the main cup quarters the least points to take home will be 10 while for Japan, the fall to Scotland sends them to the challenge Trophy where the maximum points on offer is eight. They can only hit a maximum of 33 points compared to Kenya's 37.
Wales went to Paris with 30 points and at 13th and must better Japan in the Challenge Cup run to maintain their status.