Kenya 7s thrash Chile in Emirates Invitational 7s opener

Kenya 7s overcame an unsteady start to defeat Chile 39-7 in their Emirates 7s opening match staged at The Sevens Stadium on Friday morning.

Chile took an early lead following a converted try while responded minutes later after Tony Omondi fed Nelson Oyoo to cut the gap to two points at the other end.

Kenya would take the lead by adding a seven-pointer minutes later. They headed to the break leading 17-7 after Billy Odhiambo did the donkey work on the left side and offloaded to Willy Ambaka for Kenya’s third try.

On return from the break, Kenya won a half penalty from kick off and a short ball to the birthday boy Jeff Olouch saw him pace to the try-box to score the fourth try for Innocent Simiyu coached side.

Handling issues from the restart on the Chilean side allowed Johnstone Olindi to pounce on a loose ball and dashed to the try-box to score the fifth try that Daniel Taabu easily converted.

Jacob Ojee came off the bench to send Kenya to the ’30s after landing a try at the right corner moments after coming on.

Kenya would win the match 39-7 thanks to a late try by Derrick Keyoga which was scored after the hooter. The side will be back in action at 2:44 pm.

Earlier Kenya Lionesses lost to Japan 19-14 in the women’s opener while Uganda threw away a 14-12 lead at halftime to lose 31-14 to Argentina.

Their first-half tries were scored by  Michael Wokorach and Philip Wokorach with the latter converting.

Men Pools

Red: Canada, Japan, Argentina, Uganda

Blue: Spain, Chile, Kenya, France

Red fixtures

Japan v Canada

Argentina v Uganda

Japan v Argentina

Canada v Uganda

Japan v Uganda

Canada v Argentina

Blue fixtures 

Frances v Spain

Kenya 39-7 Chile

2:44 France v Kenya

Spain v Chile

5:18 Spain v Kenya

Dubai Women’s Pool: Brazil, Kenya, USA, France 1, France 2, Japan, Canada

8:52am: Japan 19-14 Lionesses

12:54pm: Lionesses vs Canada

3:50pm: USA vs Lionesses

Day Two

8:00am: Lionesses vs Brazil

10:34am: France 2 vs Lionesses

1:52pm: France 1 vs Lionesses

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