Rugby Rugby

Kenya 7s crashes out of medal bracket in Rio

Kenya Sevens' Oscar Ayodi misses a tackle on Team Great Britain player.PHOTO/AFP
Kenya Sevens’ Oscar Ayodi misses a tackle on Team Great Britain player.PHOTO/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – The Kenya sevens team are out of the Rio Olympics medal bracket after succumbing to their third straight loss in group C, going down 31-7 against a resilient Japan side in a match played at the Deodoro Stadium on Wednesday.

Winless Kenya, who have had a miserable outing after falling to Great Britain and New Zealand, will now fight for the rankings when the tournament resumes tomorrow (Thursday) for the final matches.

Japan continued with their brilliant form seeing Kazushi Hano open the scoring after the Kenyan defence was caught flat-foot.

Kenya’s vice captain Collins Injera gave Shujaa hopes when he quickly leveled scores after exploiting a space to sprint in between the sticks for the 7-7 scoreline.

Japan were in possession on the hooter and they chose to play-on to head the length of the field as Lomano Lemeki stepped Injera with ease for the try.

Japan were on a roll, this time Kazuhito Goya showing his individual skill when he broke-off the back of the scrum to power over for the try.

Confidence and creativity oozed out of the Japanese team, as they formed the lineout and from it setting up a driving maul to extend the lead.

Kenya’s veteran Humphrey Kayange was sent to the sin-bin for pulling it down to see Japan get the penalty try before the experienced Lemeki notched up his fourth try of the competition.

The victory, and their positive points difference, meant that Japan are through to the quarter-finals.