Kenya 7s Commonwealth Games campaign end with loss to Scotland

Kenya 7s Willy Ambaka launches an attack against the Australia defense on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Coventry Stadium on 30 July, 2022 in Coventry, England. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s journey at the Commonwealth Games came to an end following a 22-12 loss to Scotland in the fifth-place semi-final played at Coventry Stadium on Sunday.

The team came into this match after losing to Australia in the group stage and to New Zealand in the quarterfinals. They were out of the medal bracket but hoping to finish higher in the tournament.

Scotland just like Kenya 7s

Scotland, like Kenya, had a similar run, losing to South Africa in the last group stage match and to Fiji in the quarters. They would however score two tries in either half to reach the fifth place playoffs.

Jordan Edmunds scored the first try for Scotland, breaking the deadlock after nearly four minutes of play in the first half. Kaleem Baretto then failed in the conversion attempt.

Baretto subsequently made amends for his previous miss by scoring for the side, giving them a 10-0 advantage at the interval.

On return from the break, Nelson Oyoo, the captain, scored a solo effort try to close the difference to five points after Anthony Omondi failed to add the extras.

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Kenya led for the first time in the match when Daniel Taabu’s quick reaction to a loose ball saw him slip through to score the second try which he converted for a 12-10 lead.

Harvey Elms restored Scotland’s lead with a try just before the buzzer while Ross McCann sealed their victory with the final try that saw them win 22-12.

Kenya now shift focus on the final leg of the World 7s Series scheduled for USA and Rugby World Cup set for Cape Town in September 2022.

Commonwealth knock-out phase  results 

Saturday 30th July – Day Two – Knock out Positional Play-Offs

37 Women’s England 36-0 South Africa
38 Women’s 5-8 Scotland 58-0  Sri Lanka
39 Men’s 9-16 England 45-7 Jamaica
40 Men’s 9-16 Wales 33-14 Malaysia
41 Men’s 9-16 Uganda 38-19 Sri Lanka
42 Men’s 9-16 Tonga 19-7 Zambia
43 Women’s New Zealand 12-17 Australia
44 Women’s Fiji 24-7 Canada
45 Men’s Fiji 34-7  Scotland
46 Men’s South Africa 33-0 Canada
47 Men’s New Zealand 31-0 Kenya 7s
48 Men’s Australia 7-0 Samoa

Sunday 31st July – Day Three – Knock out Positional Play Offs

49 Men’s 13-16 Jamaica 28-7 Malaysia
50 Men’s 13-16 Sri Lanka 27-14 Zambia
51 Men’s 9-12 England 14-10 Wales
52 Men’s 9-12 Uganda 27-7 Tonga
53 Men’s 5-8 Semi-final 1 Kenya 7s 12-22 Scotland
54 Men’s 5-8 Semi-final 2 Canada vs Samoa
55 Men’s Semi-final 1 Fiji vs New Zealand
56 Men’s Semi-final 2 South Africa vs Australia

Sunday 31st – Day Three – Final Positional & Medal Play Offs
57 Women’s Playoff for 7th South Africa vs Sri Lanka
58 Women’s Playoff for 5th England vs Scotland
59 Men’s Playoff for 13th Jamaica vs Sri Lanka
60 Men’s Playoff for 9th England vs Uganda
61 Men’s Playoff for 5th Scotland vs Canada vs Samoa
62 Women’s Bronze Match New Zealand vs Canada
63 Men’s Bronze Medal Match
64 Women’s Gold Medal Match Australia vs Fiji
65 Men’s Gold Medal Match

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