Kenya 7s dream to play in the Tokyo Olympics quarters ended after losing 12-7 to Ireland in the final a Pool C clash played at Tokyo Stadium.
Both sides came to this clash eyeing a win to keep their quarterfinal dream alive. Ireland making their first Olympics appearance stood tall to win the match.
Ireland ran two quick tries to lead 12-0 after the opening three minutes. The first try once again came off a penalty in Kenya’s territory and Kennedy Terry fed Lennox Hugo with an inside ball for the first try which went unconverted.
The Irishmen pinned Kenya in their own zone and stretched the lead after Harry McNulty pounced on a loose ball and raced on to score a converted try.
Ireland ensured Kenya did break away from the territory and held on to take a 12-0 lead to the halftime break. From the break, Jordan Conroy could have given his side seven more points but Billy Odhiambo intercepted the ball to save Kenya.
The Irishmen continued to hold Shujaa in their own territory before Kenya 7s’s breakthrough came in the dying minutes of the half. Collins Injera would fight past his markers to release Vincent Onyala who scored a converted try for a 12-7 scoreline. Kenya now shift focus on placement matches.
Fiji topped Pool B thrashing Great Britain 33-7 after running five tries. An impressive start saw the 2016 Gold winners ran 19 points in the first half with Asaeli Tuivuaka, Sireli Maqala, Jiuta Wainiqolo scoring first-half tries. In the second half, Tuivuaka and Aminiasi Tuimaba’s converted tries saw the side reach 33 points. Great Britain consolation was from Ben Haris.
Great Britain will enter the quarters as runners-up with seven points while Canada finished third in the pool following a 36-12 win over hosts Japan. Japan who played in the third-place matches in 2016 have missed the quarters
28 points in the first half and 28 more in the second half saw Argentina proceed to the last eight by pummelling Korea 56-0. They enter the quarters as the runners up.
New Zealand topped Pool A thanks to a 14-12 comeback win over Australia.
Samu Kerevi gave Australia the opening try, before Nicholas Malouf’s try changed the scorers to 12-0 at halftime. Dylan Collier converted try and Andrew Knewstubb converted saw All Blacks 7s keep their 100 per cent win record.
MONDAY, 26 JULY 202
Tokyo Olympics 7s round one results
Men 1 Pool B: Fiji 24-19 Japan
Men 2 Pool B: Great Britain 24-0 Canada
Men 3 Pool A: New Zealand 50-5 RO Korea
Men 4 Pool A: Australia 19-29 Argentina
Men 5 Pool C: South Africa 33-14 Ireland
Men 6 Pool C: USA 19-14 Kenya 7s
Round two fixtures (timings in EAT)
Men 7 Pool B: Great Britain 34-0 Japan
Men 8 Pool B: Fiji 28-14 Canada
Men 9 Pool A: New Zealand 35-14 Argentina
Men 10 Pool A: Australia 42-5 RO Korea
Men 11 Pool C: USA 19-17 Ireland
Men 12 Pool C: South Africa 14-5 Kenya 7s
TUESDAY, 27 JULY 2021 PLAYING SCHEDULE EAST AFRICAN TIME (EAT)
Men 13 Pool B: Canada 36-12 Japan- 3:00 AM
Men 14 Pool B: Fiji 33-7 Great Britain-3:30 AM
Men 15 Pool A: Argentina 56-0 RO Korea-4:00 AM
Men 16 Pool A: New Zealand 14-12Australia-4:30 AM
Men 17 Pool C: Kenya 7s 7-12 Ireland—5:00 AM
Men 18 Pool C: South Africa vs USA-5:30 AM
Men 19 9th Place SF 1: 3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th-10:30 AM
Men 20 9th Place SF 2: Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th-11:00 AM
Men 21 Medal QF 1: 1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd-11:30 PM
Men 22 Medal QF 2: 2nd Pool B vs 2nd Pool C-12:00 PM
Men 23 Medal QF 3: 1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A-12:30 PM
Men 24 Medal QF 4:1st Pool B vs Best 3rd- 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, 28 JULY 2021 PLAYING SCHEDULE EAST AFRICAN TIME (EAT)
Men 25 11th Place Play-Off Loser M19 – Loser M20 – 3:00 AM
Men 26 9th Place Play-Off Winner M19 – Winner M20- 3:30 AM
Men 27 5th Place SF 1 Loser M21 – Loser M22 -4:00 AM
Men 28 5th Place SF 2 Loser M23 – Loser M24-4:30 AM
Men 29 Medal SF 1 Winner M21 – Winner M22-05:00 AM
Men 30 Medal SF 2 Winner M23 – Winner M24-05:30 AM