Kenya 7s kicked off the Edmonton 7s on a high note, whipping Chile 38-5 in a Pool B match played at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
Shujaa landed six tries in the win with Willy Ambaka playing in his 51st tournament scoring two tries for Innocent Simiyu charges to pick three points.
Kenya started off impressively with Alvin Otieno releasing the ball to Nelson Oyoo on the inside and the skipper sped off to land the opening try that was converted for a 7-0 lead.
After two minutes of play, the Chileans spilled the ball while in attack, and Ambaka picked the loose ball and raced on for Kenya’s second try that changed the scores to 12-0.
Ambaka scored his second try in the dying minutes of the opening half for Kenya to lead 19-0 after Mark Kwemoi’s conversion.
Chile scored at the right corner through Felipe Brangier on return from the break.
Shujaa stretched the led from the restart with substitute Harold Anduvate hitting the gap before releasing supporting Kwemoi who scored his second try in the world 7s Series.
Alvin Marube joined the scoresheet after several picks and goes near the Chilean tryline. Marube picked the ball from the ruck sold a dummy and dived over for a try that changed the scores to 31-5.
Kenya earned a penalty after the hooter and Jeff Oluoch passed to Alvin Otieno who offloaded to Timothy Mmasi. Mmasi went on to score his second try in the series and it sealed Kenya’s victory.
USA beat Spain 29-17 in the first Pool B match which saw Kevon Williams bagged a hattrick as David Still got a brace in the win.
In Pool C, Great Britain and Ireland were off to winning starts. Great Britain picked a convincing 48-0 win over Jamaica. The side scored eight tries in the win with Max McFarland crossing the whitewash three times for GB.
Ross McCann, Tom Bowen, Frederick Roddick, Calum Randle and Luke Treharne had a try each in the win.
Ireland had to dig deep to beat Germany 19-17. Both sides landed three tries each but Billy Dardis’s conversion on Niall Comerford’s late try made the difference.
Edmonton 7s playing Schedule (Timings in EAT)
Saturday 25 September
Ireland 19-17 Germany
Great Britain 48-0 Jamaica
USA 29-17 Spain
Kenya 7s 36-5 Chile
Canada vs Hong Kong-8:15 PM
South Africa vs Mexico -8:37 PM
Ireland vs Jamaica-9:55 PM
Great Britain vs Germany -10:17 PM
USA vs Chile- 10:42 PM
Kenya 7s vs Spain -11:04 PM
Canada vs Mexico-11:26 PM
South Africa vs Hong Kong- 11:48 PM
Sunday 26 September
Germany vs Jamaica- 01:06 AM
Great Britain vs Ireland -01:28 AM
Spain vs Chile -02:07 AM
Kenya 7s vs USA- 02:35 AM
Hong Kong vs Mexico- 03:05 AM
South Africa vs Canada- 03:33 AM
Match 19: 1st Pool B vs Best 3rd 6:20 PM
Match 20 1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A 6:42 PM
Match 21: 2nd Pool B vs 2nd Pool C- 7:04 PM
Match 22: 1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd -7:26 PM
9TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th– 7:58 PM
3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th -8:20 PM
5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser M19 vs Loser M20- 9:36 PM
Loser M21 vs Loser M22- 9:58 PM
CUP SEMI FINALS
Winner M19 vs Winner M20 -10:20 PM
Winner M21 vs Winner M22 -10:42 PM
11TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser M23 vs Loser M24- 11:14 PM
9TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner M23 vs Winner M24 11:36 PM
Monday 27 September
7TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser M25 vs Loser M26 : 00:20 AM
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner M25 vs Winner M26 : 01:07 AM
Loser M27 vs Loser M28 01:31 AM
Winner M27 vs Winner M28- 02:28 AM