Spirited Kenya 7s were held to a 19-19 draw by Australia in the Paris 7s Pool B match played on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Murunga coached side needed a strong start in this clash in order to keep the dream of making it to the main Cup quarters alive. Their past record had seen Kenya win just one of the last 10 meetings against Australia. The win was in January 2017 at Wellington 7s where Kenya 7s beat Aussies 19-17 to win the challenge Trophy.
Last 10 between #Kenya7s and Australia.
They meet at 1:06 PM EAT at the #Paris7s
Kenya 12-28 Aussies
Kenya 7-47 Aussies
Kenya 26-28 Aussies
Kenya 21-26 Aussies
Kenya 12-33 Aussies
Kenya 12-19 Aussies
Kenya 7-29 Aussies
Kenya 19-17 Aussies
Kenya 12-17 Aussies
Kenya 7-26 Aussies
— Scrummage.co.ke (@ScrummageKe) June 1, 2019
In the clash, Kenya 7s managed to hold on for two minutes but could not stop Josh Coward who pounced on a lose ball in his own 22 and dashed onto bag a converted try. Kenya immediately launched a hunt for the equalizer and Jacob Ojee offload left Charles Omondi with any easy job of going over for a try.
Kenya led for the first time in the clash after Shujaa managed a turn over and Andrew Amonde dived over for a try that was converted by Johnstone Olindi.
Australia struck back after Lachie Anderson latched on a grabber kick and earned his side a converted try.
Kenya returned from the break energized and gave Australia a rough time in breakdowns. Bush Mwale sneaked past Australia to score a converted try.
Matthew Hood tied the scores at 19-19 and send the clash a tense mode. The final second saw Donnel set off and Olindi elected to go for points after a penalty but missed to hit the target.