USA vs Kenya – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool BSam Boyd Stadium03/01/201904:50 PM2019 USA Sevens

The defending USA sevens champions entered as the heavy favorites. Despite the underdog role, Kenya nearly scored a try in the first minute, but was deemed to be held up in the tackle. In the resulting scrum, Kenya was able to win the ball, but Madison Hughes managed to hit the scrum half before he could get the ball out and forced a knock. The Eagles won the defensive five-meter scrum and set to work. That effort led to Carlin Isles breaking free for an American try in the right corner. Madison Hughes could not connect on the conversion, leaving Kenya within striking distance.

On the restart, Danny Barrett narrowly missed the steal. Kenya soon looked again like it would score. But the American defense proved just enough, forcing a turnover at the five-meter line and then sending Isles away for his second try. Isles placed it down under the posts, setting up his captain for an easy conversion. Hughes took full advantage, making it 12–0.

As the first half drew to a close, Kenya won a penalty and was able to crack the stiff defense for a try by captain Jacob Ojee.

The Eagles rebuilt their lead in the second half with a converted try by Stephen Tomasin and conversion from Hughes, to make it 19–5. Soon after, Madison Hughes joined the try-scorer column with a score in the left corner. He was able to add the difficult conversion to make it 26–5.

Kenya was down but not out. With a minute to go, Vincent Onyala added another five-pointer for Kenya. The important conversion was no-good, leaving Kenya three-scores behind. The Eagles took the restart cleanly and kicked to touch to end the match on top.

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