Kenya Sevens’ hopes of an Olympic medal hangs by the thinnest of threads after they lost their opening two Group C matches as the Rio 2016 men’s rugby competition got underway.
Shujaa put a lifeless performance in their first match, losing 31-7 to Great Britain and they didn’t fair any better against wounded New Zealand who stormed to a 28-5 victory.
Benjamin Ayimba’s side now need to hammer Japan (who stunned New Zealand 14-12), and hope that the All Blacks lose to Great Britain in order to have any chances of progressing to the quarters outright.
The top two sides in each of the three pools go into the quarter-finals, plus the two best third-placed teams.
Billy Odhiambo scored Kenya’s lone try against Britain, racing half the length of the field to score under the posts but Biko Adema missed the conversion. Dan Bibby was Britain’s destroyer, touching down twice with Phil Burgess and Mark Bennett also crossing over.
Collins Injera gave Kenya a dream start against New Zealand, scoring a try inside the first minute but Augustine Pulu scored 11 points, including three conversions, as the All Blacks recovered to win 28-5.
Injera’s tackle on Scott Curry earned him a yellow and a penalty try for New Zealand who went into the breather 14-5 up.
Pulu scored and converted his own try, before Lewis Ormond put the game well beyond doubt scoring after the final buzzer to give the gold medal favorites a 28-5 win.
Britain’s men made it two wins from two as they edged past Japan 21-19.
Kenya will now battle Japan at 6.00pm this evening as Britain face New Zealand 30 minutes later.
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