Kenya 7s kicked off the London 7s campaign with a 24-17 loss to defending champions Fiji in a Pool B match staged at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 25 May.
Shujaa had beaten Fiji once in the last seven meetings in the World 7s Series. The win came in June 2018 when Kenya picked a 22-19 victory at the Paris 7s.
#Kenya7s have beaten @fijirugby once in the last seven meetings. The win was as 22-19 at the #Paris7s in June 2018.
They face off again at #London7s on Saturday 12 May at 12:36 PM EAT. pic.twitter.com/QA4tYZWTDQ
— Scrummage.co.ke (@ScrummageKe) May 24, 2019
They came to this clash hoping to start of the London 7s campaign on a high note to keep the dream of making it to the quarters for the first time this season. But just like the past three meetings, Kenya conceded in the opening minute of the clash.
24-year-old Aminiasi Tuimaba beat Jacob Ojee and paced on to earn his side a converted try. Kenya replied immediately after kick off and Jeff Olouch set up Bush Mwale who stretched on to earn Kenya five points.
Meli Derenalagi added the second try for Fiji but Johnstone Olindi converted Mwale’s second try to tie the scores at 12-12 at halftime.
In the second half, Tuimaba restored their lead but Kenya fought back again to score through Olouch to tie the scores again. Kenya were dealt a blow after Brian Wandera was sin-binned and Fiji would score immediately through Paula Dranisinukula.
The East Africans had a chance to kill the game in the dying minutes but were let down by a knock on just after the hooter,
Kenya will battle Samoa at 3:20 pm and will later face France at 6:48 pm in their final group match.