Kenya 7s

Kenya 7s defeat Tonga to qualify for Rugby World Cup Sevens round of 16

Kenya 7s captain Nelson Oyoo. Photo Courtesy/HSBC Sport.
Kenya 7s captain Nelson Oyoo. Photo Courtesy/HSBC Sport.

Kenya 7s will face Argentina in the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 round of 16 after eliminating Tonga following a 19-0 win in the pre-round of 16 match played at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town.

The match against Argentina will kick off on Friday at 5:23 PM East African Time.

Kenya 7s jersey numbers. Photo Courtesy/KRU Media

Kenya 7s jersey numbers. Photo Courtesy/KRU Media

Shujaa came to this event after a 12th finish in the World 7s Series and were also hoping to better the 2018 Rugby World Cup performance.

After two minutes of play, they got on the scoresheet through Willy Ambaka who turned his marker inside out on the right wing before racing for the opening try that was converted for a 7-0 lead.

Kenya who maintained possession all through the half hit again just before halftime through skipper  Nelson Oyoo who burst through the defence after a switch of play by Sammy Oliech.

Just before the final whistle, Shujaa who were one man up after Tonga picked up a sin-bin scored through Vincent Onyala for a 19-0 win.

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Uganda and Zimbabwe are out of the Cup contention after falling to Scotland and Canada respectively and will battle for the Bowl. Ireland, Samoa, join Canada and Scotland in the round of 16.

The competition uses a unique ‘winner takes all’ knock-out competition format first introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco. It means every match counts as teams will need to win every time they enter the pitch in order to become world champions.

The 24-team men’s competition kicked off the action on day one with a qualification round involving teams seeded from nine to 24. The winners of the qualification round will progress to the round of 16 where they will take on the top eight seeded teams, while the losers will go into the Bowl competition which will decide positions 17 to 24.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 Results/Fixtures

Pre-round of 16 Friday 9, September 2022
Ireland 24-0 Portugal
Canada 31-7 Zimbabwe
Samoa 33-7 Uganda
Scotland 24-7 Jamaica
Kenya 7s 19-0 Tonga
Wales vs Korea 11.45am
Hong Kong vs Uruguay 12.07pm
Germany vs Chile 12.29pm

Round of 16
England vs Ireland 3.39pm
France vs Canada 4.02pm
USA vs Samoa 4.39 pm
New Zealand vs Scotland 5.01pm
Argentina vs Kenya 7s 5.23pm
Australia vs Winner M7 5.45pm
Fiji vs Winner M67.05pm
South Africa vs Winner M8 8.03pm

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