Kenya 7s stay winless in Sydney after loss to New Zealand

Kenya 7s ended the Sydney 7s Pool Phase without a single win after going down 19-5 to New Zealand in the final Pool A match staged at Bankwest Stadium.

Shujaa were facing New Zealand for the first in the series since 6 April 2019 when they lost 36-0 in the Hong Kong 7s. They had last beaten New Zealand 21-12 at the 2018 Hong Kong 7s.  Kenya and New Zealand came to this eyeing a win which would be key in the playoffs pairings.

With Fiji having sealed the top spot with a 55-0 win over Wales, New Zealand were now seeking to secure the second slot and they started off strongly.

Salesi Rayasi scored the opening try at the second minute of the game while  Scott Curry added the extras. Tim Mikkelson stretched their lead with a five-pointer at the left corner for 12 points.

Geoffrey Okwach at the other end raced on for Kenya’s opener but he was caught before he touched down. It was Bush Mwale who rose from the ruck to score  Kenya’s first before halftime, a try that turned out to be a consolation.

On return from the break, Sam Dickson bagged the third try for the log leaders, scoring at the right corner after an overload. New Zeland held on to finish second in the pool.

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 5-26 Fiji

Sunday 2 February

Round Three
Scotland 21-21 Japan
Australia 7-43 USA
South Africa 36-0 Samoa
France 5-17 Argentina
Ireland 26-10 Spain
England 26-14 Canada
Fiji 55-0 Wales
New Zealand 19-5 Kenya

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