Kenya 7s

Kenya 7s defeated by Samoa in Hamilton 7s opener

Kenya 7s Kevin Wekesa breaks through the Argentina defense on day three of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on 11 December, 2022. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s suffered a 31-5 loss to Samoa in the opening match of the Hamilton 7s at FMG stadium.

Damian McGrath’s charges had struggled in the first three tournaments of the series, with their best performance coming in Dubai, where they picked up five points. They jetted to Hamilton keen to better their performance.

Their opponentsSamoa, on the other hand, were enjoying one of the best performance having won the Cape Town 7s in December, a result which propelled the side to the top of the World 7s Series log.

Owen Niue scored the opening try for Samoa against Kenya and the try went unconverted as the side went on a slim 5-0 lead.

Kenya fought on in search of an equalizer with their efforts paying off when Anthony Omondi crossed over for the try that tied the scores at 5-5.

In the final half, Samoa were able to break away with a converted try from Paul Scanlan restoring the side’s lead before Vaa Apelu Maliko also grabbed a converted try.

Scanlan returned to the scoresheet with his second try of the day and Motu Opeteu landed the fourth try for his side Samoa.The try was converted to widen the gap by 26 points.

Kenya will face Fiji in the next match slated for  Saturday  as they seek to revive quarter final hopes


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