USA scored in the dying minutes to hand Kenya 7s a narrow 19-14 defeat in the Tokyo Olympics Pool C clash played at Tokyo Stadium.
Innocent Simiyu charges conceded two successive penalties and after the second penalty which was in their own 22, USA chose a scrum and moved the ball to the right side to find Carlin Isles on the left side to score the opening try for Mike Friday charges.
Kenya conceded another penalty and USA gained possession which saw them hold on to score the second try. Martin Iosefo was fed with the ball off a ruck and dived over from close range to score their second try which was converted for a 12-0.
Kenya 7s pulled back before halftime, Collins Injera opted to attack the left-wing passing to Nelson Oyoo who gained ground before releasing the ball back to Injera. The speedster then accelerated for Kenya’s opener. The conversion was good changing the scores to 12-7.
In the final half, Kenya bagged the second try after Eden Agero picked up Jeffery Oluoch in space and the latter raced on to score a try that Agero converted.
Willy Ambaka would have given Kenya a crucial try in the closing minutes but he knocked the ball as he dived over following pressure for USA opponents. The resultant scrum turned out to be costly as Madison Hughes slipped past Kenya’s defence after his side won the ball. He then raced from his own territory to score for USA. The try was converted for a 19-14 win. Kenya will face SA in the second match slated for 1:00 PM.
Earlier in the tournament, 2016 Olympic Champions Fiji kicked off their chase for Gold with a 24-19 win over hosts Japan. Gareth Baber coached side rose from a 14-12 halftime trail to the Japanese to win the match. Both sides had two tries each in the first seven minutes with Jiuta Wainiqolo and Iosefo Masi scoring in the opening half for Fiji. Napolioni Bolaca managed one conversion for the side. Japan got two successive tries which they converted for 14 points.
Japan added another try to stretch the lead to 19 points but Waisea Nacuqu bagged a brace of tries in the second half and converted one of his tries for a 24-19 lead. Despite Asaeli Tuivuaka’s yellow card, Fiji held on to win.
World 7s Series title holders New Zealand kicked off their campaign in style whipping debutantes Republic of Korea 50-5 in the third match. Andrew Knewstubb scored and converted his own try for a 7-0 lead at the second minute before Korea responded with a try. Tim Mikkelson then crossed over for a try that Knewstubb converted to give the All Blacks sevens a 14-5 lead at halftime.
In the closing half, indiscipline cost the Koreans who got two yellow cards at the eightth minute and 12th minute respectively. New Zealand capitalized on the advantage by running five more tries through Mikkelson, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black (brace), Etene Nanai-Seturo and William Warbrick.
2016 finalists Great Britain beat Canada 24-0, Dan Norton scored a brace in the win. Ross McCann and Robbie Fergusson added the tries that ensured they picked maximum points.
Argentina also joined the big boys on the winning list, defeating Australia 29-19.
Despite the absence of their Head coach Neil Powell on the touchline, South Africa ushered newbies Ireland in the Olympics with a 33-14 beating.
Zain Davids bagged their opening try and was joined on the scoresheet by Impi Visser. Ireland trimmed the gap for a 14-7 lead at the break.
Justin Geduld on his second appearance for South Africa opened their second-half run with a try that he converted for a 21-7 lead. Ireland struck again with a converted try to cut the gap to seven.
Chris Dry and Stedman Gans ensured that SA won the clash.
MONDAY, 26 JULY 2021
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 vs Kenya 7s
Round two fixtures (timings in EAT)
Men 7 Pool B: Great Britain vs Japan- 10:30 AM
Men 8 Pool B: Fiji vs Canada-11:00 AM
Men 9 Pool A: New Zealand vs Argentina -11:30 AM
Men 10 Pool A: Australia vs RO Korea-12:00 PM
Men 11 Pool C: USA vs Ireland-12:30 PM
Men 12 Pool C: South Africa vs Kenya 7s–1:00 PM
TUESDAY, 27 JULY 2021 PLAYING SCHEDULE EAST AFRICAN TIME (EAT)
Men 13 Pool B: Canada vs Japan- 3:00 AM
Men 14 Pool B: Fiji vs Great Britain-3:30 AM
Men 15 Pool A: Argentina vs RO Korea-4:00 AM
Men 16 Pool A: New Zealand vs Australia-4:30 AM
Men 17 Pool C: Kenya 7s vs 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
Men 31 7th Place Play-Off Loser M27 – Loser M28 – 10:30 AM
Men 32 5th Place Play-Off Winner M27 – Winner M28- 11:00 AM
Men 33 Bronze Final Loser M29 – Loser M30- 11:30 AM
Men 34 Gold Final Winner M29 – Winner M30- 12: 00 PM