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Kenya fall to Fiji in Sydney 7s opener


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Kenya 7s started the Sydney 7s with a campaign with 28-14 loss to Fiji in a Pool A match played at the Bankwest Stadium.

Shujaa headed to this tournament seeking to better their performance as they had picked 11 and 10 points respectively in the last two tournaments. The side was eyeing the first win over Fiji since the 2018 Paris 7s held in June when they picked a  22-19 win. Kenya had lost the last five against Fiji in the series and ended up picking the sixth straight loss.

Paul Feeney charges struck at the second minute for the first try with Collins Injera who is currently playing at halfback breaking to scored his 274th career try at the centre of the posts.  He rose and converted for Kenya’s 7-0 lead.

Fiji tied the scores two minutes later, after a series of passes, Aminiasi Tuimaba got himself a try at the centre and
Napolioni Bolaca added the twos for a 7-7 scoreline.

The World 7s Series defending Champions went to the break leading after Vilimoni Botitu dotted at the left corner while Bolaca converted from a tight angle for a 14-7 scoreline.

Fiji returned from the break to stretch the lead after Josua Vakurunabili was put through by a beautiful offload on the rightwing to score. Waisea Nacuqu converted to push the scores to 21-7.

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Tuimaba grabbed his second of the day and once again Nacuqu converted for 28 points. Johnstone Olindi came off the bench to score the second try for Kenya but it was too late to pick a result from the clash.

Kenya will be back in action at 12:05 PM to play Wales.

Sydney 7s Day One

First Round

USA 32-14 Scotland
Australia 33-7 Japan
Argentina 14-52 South Africa
France 24-17 Samoa
Canada 28-19 Ireland
England 47-0 Spain
Kenya 14-28 Fiji
New Zealand vs Wales – 06:31

Round Two 

USA vs Japan – 09:24
Australia vs Scotland – 09:46
Argentina vs Samoa -10:08
France vs South Africa – 10:30
Canada vs Spain – 11:05
England vs Ireland – 11:35
Kenya vs Wales – 12:05
New Zealand vs Fiji – 12:33

Sunday 2 February

Round Three
Scotland vs Japan – 03:07
Australia bs USA- 03:29
South Africa vs Samoa – 03:51
France bs Argentina – 04:13
Ireland vs Spain- 04:35
England vs Canada- 04:57
Fiji vs Wales – 05:19
New Zealand vs Kenya- 05:41

Cup Semi-Finals
1ST POOL B vs 1ST POOL C – 08:20
1ST POOL A vs 1ST POOL D – 08:42, Sun 02 Feb 2020

15th Place Play-Off 
3RD BEST 4TH Vs  4TH BEST 4TH – 09:10

13th Place Play-Off, Match 28
BEST 4TH Vs  2ND BEST 4TH

11th Place Play-Off
3RD BEST 3RD Vs 4TH BEST 3RD – 09:54

9th Place Play-Off
BEST 3RD Vs 2ND BEST 3RD  – 10:16

 7th Place Play-Off
3RD BEST 2ND VS 4TH BEST 2ND – 10:38

5th Place Play-Off
BEST 2ND Vs 2ND BEST 2ND – 11:00

Bronze Final
LOSER M25 Vs LOSER M26  – 11:59

Sydney, Cup Final 
WINNER M25 VS WINNER M26 – 12:56

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