Fiji vs Kenya – USA Sevens Rugby
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Pool ASam Boyd Stadium03/03/201812:36 PM2018 USA Sevens

In a match of two teams with extremely vocal fan basis, Kenya faced Fiji. With back and forth play dominating the first half, it took almost five minutes for Fiji to be the first to break the deadlock. The try and conversion had Kenya trailing by 7. Kenya almost scored on the restart, but knocked on right after the try-line. Fiji then immediately tried to turn it up field, burning the advantage in the process and giving up a penalty at the twenty-two, to give Kenya attacking position. The attack burned the rest of the clock but paid off when Collins Injera got over for the try to pull Kenya within two. Eden Agero completed the comeback with the conversion to end the half.

The second half mirrored the first. Fiji took the opening kick and then the sides traded possession for the next two minutes until Fiji was shown yellow, finally giving Kenya the man advantage. Still, it took a minute for Kenya to capitalize, but capitalize the Kenyans did with a try from Willy Ambaka to take the lead 12–7 with three minutes left in the match.

A chance to extend that lead ended when a kick chased by Eden Agero skipped too quickly through the in-goal area, giving Fiji a scrum feed at its own ten-meter line and returning Fiji to a full complement. As is characteristic of the islanders, Fiji struck with lightning speed, winning the scrum and instantly watching Alasio Sovita Naduva torch the Kenyan defense for a try under the post. The conversion put Fiji back on top.

The restart left just enough time for Kenya to mount a final score for the victory. Starting in his own half, Kenya’s Andrew Amonde made the hard meters before going down just shy of the line. Collins Injera, in support took the ball from the resulting ruck, dummied a defender, then passed back to Amonde for the winning score at the death.

Kenya’s win and staunch defense in its three matches, meant Kenya advanced as the second seed from pool A. Fiji remained the pool champion.