Kenya vs Chile – USA Sevens Rugby
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Challenger Qtr FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/04/201707:10 PMUSA Sevens

After an impressive tournament, despite an 0–3 record, Chile turned to a match with the always dangerous Kenyans. Bully Odhiambo’s converted try put Chile in a deficit two minutes in. An impressive defensive effort by Chilean Francisco Metuaze got the ball for Chile shortly after Kenya had taken the restart ball. Chile did a great job of maintaining possession and tried a kick ahead that skirted too far away, bringing the ball back for a Kenyan scrum on the halfway line. Kenya soon used the possession to add a second try through Daniel Sikuta. Captain Andrew Amonde broke the match open just before the half with a great fend to free him up for the wrap around try under the post.

In the first minute of the second half, Julio Blanc for Chile cleared the Kenyan lines and added a score under the post. Marcel Torrealba added the conversion to close the gap to two scores. Continuing to show improvement, Chilean captain Felipe Brangier added a second try in the far right corner. Torrealba’s kick hooked just a hair to the right of the upright. A third try for Chile came with just under a minute from some of the most fundamentally sound phases of play run all to this stage of the tournament. Torrealba scored the try and the conversion to pull within two ahead of the final kickoff. Chile stole the restart and won not only a penalty but a yellow card advantage for a high tackle. A moment away from glory, a pass out to the wing was knocked on to end the match.

Regardless of the end result, Chile has made a lot of fans after this one.