A must win against Argentina

By the punter
Mar 04, 2017

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas: Kenya focus on a good performance against Argentina to have any realistic chances of qualifying for the quarter finals of USA Sevens, the fifth tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

This is after losing the opening match 7-24 to New Zealand. Kenya led 7-5 at halftime.

Innocent Simiyu, the Kenya coach said they had planned to play the game at pace with great intensity.

In a post match interview, coach Innocent Simiyu explained: “We wanted to win our balls and use the length and width of the pitch. By keeping the ball alive, we had a chance of not giving them time to settle and score some points.”

“The aim was to employ a direct approach because we were wary of their strength at break downs. This we managed to do after conceding a soft try,” he added.

Sherwin Stowers opened the scores for New Zealand before Iopu Iopu-Aso was sent to the naughty chair by French referee Pierre Brousset. Kenya used the numerical advantage and came close to scoring through Nelson Oyoo.

But it was Collins Injera who played at scrum-half who went over and Eden Agero converted for a 7-5 lead at halftime.

“At halftime, I told the players to increase the intensity and attack more but but we lost ground. We lost concentration and the players were not sharp. The loss means we must beat Argentina and recover the deficit so that on the second day we can look at winning against Russia,” the coach said.

A bright spark in this half was when Injera broke clear but was chased by Iopu-Aso and tackled into touch.

Results: Fiji 39 Japan 0 Australia 28 Scotland 21 Argentina 43 Russia 0 New Zealand 24 Kenya 7 USA 26 Samoa 5.

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Pool A: Canada, France, Russia, Argentina

Canada 34 Russia 7, France 45 Argentina 7, C anada 38 Argentina 7, France 19 Russia 22, Canada 21 France 7, Russia 36 Argentina 0.

Pool B: Fiji, Ireland, USA, Spain.

USA 21 Ireland 24, Fiji 21 Spain 19, USA 22 Spain 7, Fiji 31 Ireland 7, USA 14 Fiji 7, Ireland 14 Spain 14.

Pool C: Australia, Brazil, England, New Zealand.

New Zealand 24 Brazil 0, Australia 31 England 14, New Zealand 27 England 5, Australia 38 Brazil 0, New Zealand 21 Australia 14, Brazil 0 England 12.

Day two: England v Argentina, Spain v Brazil, Canada v France, Fiji v Australia, USA v Ireland, New Zealand v Russia.