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.
Red: Canada, Japan, Argentina, Uganda
Blue: Spain, Chile, Kenya, France
Japan v Canada
Argentina v Uganda
Japan v Argentina
Canada v Uganda
Japan v Uganda
Canada v Argentina
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
8:00am: Lionesses vs Brazil
10:34am: France 2 vs Lionesses
1:52pm: France 1 vs Lionesses