Four debutants scored a try each as Kenya 7s whipped Mexico 45-7 in a Pool A match at BC Place to reach the Vancouver 7s quarters.
Kenya with six points after the win over Mexico will now tackle South Africa at 3:35 AM in a match that will determine who tops the pool.
Mexico went to the match off a 53-0 loss to South Africa while Kenya 7s had beaten Spain 17-5. It was Shujaa who settled first to score four tries in the first half and three in the final half.
Kenya 7s first try came after two minutes of play when Herman Humwa offloaded the ball to debutant Levy Amunga. Amunga forced his way over the try line to touch down and rose to convert his own try for a 7-0 lead.
The second try came from captain Nelson Oyoo who rounded his marker on the right-wing to land a try that was converted for a 14-0 lead.
Alvin Otieno picked up the ball from the ruck in Mexico’s territory and raced on to score Kenya’s third try that was converted for a 21-0 lead.
The fourth try came from Willy Ambaka who benefited from quick offloads by Humwa and Daniel Taabu and had a break on the left side where he accelerated to score a converted try for a 28-0 lead at the break.
From the break, Kenya picked from where they left. Taabu set up debutant Derrick Keyoga for a try that extended Shujaa’s lead.
Mark Kwemoi raced into Mexico’s territory before releasing supporting debutant Timothy Mmasi. Mmasi sprinted to the try-line to open his account.
Alvin Marube also got his name on the scoresheet with the final try that saw Kenya win 45-5.
South Africa picked the biggest win of the first round whipping Mexico 53-0 in their first match. The first try by Ronald Brown came after just 50 seconds of play.
Christie Grobbelaar landed the second try at the third minute. Angelo Davids bagged four quick tries before Darren Adonis, Shaun Williams and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealed their nine-try victory.
Hosts Canada also joined the big boys on the winning list scoring four tries for a 24-5 win. Phil Berna, Brennig Prevost, and a brace by Josiah Morra ensured three points for the side.
USA also started off impressively, thrashing Chile 33-5. Gavan D’Amore, Kevon Williams, Malacchi Esdale, David Still, and Jack Wendling were the scorers.
Ireland picked the second win of the tournament to book a place in the quarters pummeling Jamaica 50-0. Mark Roche and Conor Phillips bagged a brace in the match while Bryan Mollen, Sean Kearns and Shane Jennings added more tries.
They were joined in the quarters by Great Britain who defeated Hong Kong 31-5 to move to six points. With both sides tied at six points, the winner of their clash will top the pool.
2021 Vancouver 7s Playing Schedule
Timings in East African
Round one 18 September 2021
Ireland 17-14 Hong Kong
Great Britain 24-5 Jamaica
Kenya 7s 17-5 Spain
South Africa 53-0 Mexico
Canada 24-5 Germany
USA 33-5 Chile
Ireland 50-0 Jamaica
Great Britain 31-5 Hong Kong
Kenya 7s 45-7 Mexico
19 September 2021
South Africa vs Spain 12:04 AM
Canada vs Chile 12:26 AM
USA vs Germany 12:48 AM
Hong Kong vs Jamaica 2:06 AM
Great Britain vs Ireland 2:28 AM
Spain vs Mexico 3:07 AM1
South Africa vs Kenya 7s 3:35 AM
Germany vs Chile 04:05
USA vs Canada 4:33
1st Pool B vs Best 3rd 7:20 PM
1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A 7:42 PM
2nd Pool Bvs 2nd Pool C 8:04 PM
1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd 8:26 PM
9TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th 8:58 PM
3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th 9:20 PM
5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser Match 19 vs Loser Match 20 10:36 PM
Loser Match 21vs Loser Match 22 10: 58 pm
CUP SEMI FINALS
Winner Match 19 vs Winner Match 20 11:20
Winner Match 21 vs Winner Match 22 11:42
Monday 20 September
11TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 23 vs Loser Match 24 12:14 AM
9TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner Match 23 vs Winner Match 24 12:36 AM
7TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 25 vs Loser Match 26 1:20 AM
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner Match 25 vs Winner Match 26 2:07 AM
3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 27 vs Loser Match 28 2:31 AM
Winner Match 27 vs Winner Match 28 3:28 AM