Kenya 7s team huddle before the game against Fiji on day one of the HSBC Sydney Sevens 2020 men's competition at Bankwest Stadium on 1 February, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Wales leave it late to hand Kenya 7s second loss in Sydney


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Kenya 7s dream of playing in the Sydney 7s semis came to an end after a 26-21 loss to Wales in their second match played at Bankwest Stadium.

Both sides had lost their opening games and were hoping to bounce back to winning ways.  Kenya had lost to Fiji 28-14 in their opener while Wales suffered a 54-5 loss to New Zealand.

Kenya got the opening try after Andrew Amonde latched on a kick behind Wales defence to score a try that was converted by Daniel Taabu for a 7-0 lead at the second minute of the game.

Three minutes later Will Thomas produced some footballing skills after a loose pass from a teammate and he was able to withstand pressure from Amonde to score an unconverted try.

Kenya would trail at halftime after Daf Smith who had been cornered by Collins Injera and Geoffrey Okwach offloaded to find Luke Treharne who scored a converted try.

The East Africans were dealt a blow in the second half with Okwach being yellow carded for a dangerous tackle. Shujaa however, reclaimed the lead after a turnover and Injera paced on scored the second try for Kenya. Taabu’s extras saw Kenya move to 14 points.

Taabu landed Kenya 7s third try and Olindi added the extras for a 21-12 lead after Wales mistake. It ended up to be a dramatic finish with Nelson Oyoo and Johnstone Olindi being sent off for a sin-bin.

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Wales made the numerical advantage count, scoring via Will Jones and converted with second’s to go. A quick restart saw them have quick exchanges before Ben Roach scored at the centre for a converted try that ended Kenya 7s semis dream.

Kenya 7s have two points and they will be back in action on Sunday 5:41 Am to play New Zealand.

 

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 54-5 Wales

Round Two 

USA 45-7 Japan
Australia 31-14 Scotland
Argentina 28-21 Samoa
France 12-24 South Africa
Canada 12-28 Spain
England 19-12 Ireland
Kenya 21-26  Wales
New Zealand vs Fiji

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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